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Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection Caulfield, Victoria

Glen Eira City Council’s History and Heritage Collection records the municipal history of the City of Glen Eira through its collection of objects, photographs and ephemera.

The City of Glen Eira was formed in December 1994 following the amalgamation of the former City of Caulfield with the northern part of the former City of Moorabbin. These cities grew from the Caulfield District Road Board, proclaimed in 1857, and the Moorabbin District Road Board, established in 1862.

The City of Glen Eira takes its name from two local landmarks - Glen Eira Road and the mansion Glen Eira , demolished in 1964. The first Glen Eira Council was elected by residents and ratepayers in March 1997.

Please note that this organisation has a copyright take-down policy. We have digitised this collection for the purposes of research and education. If you believe that we have infringed your copyright please contact us and we will take down the object/s in question.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 42 Caulfield South Victoria 3062 (map)
phone
+61 9524 3333

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am–5pm Weekends 1pm–5pm Closed public holidays

Entry Fee

Free

Location

Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads Caulfield Victoria

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Glen Eira City Council’s History and Heritage Collection records the municipal history of the City of Glen Eira through its collection of objects, photographs and ephemera. Primarily focused on the history of Council and its relationship with the community, the collection tells the story of the city of Glen Eira prior to and after the period of amalgamation in 1994.

Significance

This is a collection that outlines the course of local government in Melbourne's inner south-east. Council regularly creates and manages material of historical significance as part of the management of the municipality. This collection was developed in response to a 2009 report on the history of the municipality, which surveyed objects on display and in storage at the Town Hall, monuments and sites managed by Council.
Key objects on the register include material related to the function of council, such as symbols of office, items commemorating civic events, and significant local records such as rate books, maps and plans.

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Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/w photograph of Cr Doolan wearing a light suit, dark with diagonal, double striped tie and a white shirt.

Historical information

One of 11 similarly presented b/w half portrait photographs showing various councillors within Glen Eira City Council. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso in blue ink pen: " Cr. Geoffery Doolan"

Book - "Moorabbin: A Pictorial History, 1862 - 1994"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

The words "Moorabbin: A Pictorial History, 1862 - 1994" printed in brown colour in and oval at the top of a red, hard paper cover book, copy of an image of horse and carts and Gregg's Plough and Harrow Hotel, South Brighton below.

Historical information

Copy of pictorial history book written by John Cribbin significantly signed by councillors and the author on the first page.

Booklet - "Caulfield For All Reasons"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Booklet with maroon colour cover with gold colour printed lettering on the front: "Caulfield For All Reasons", with the City of Caulfield's Caulfield Coat of Arms. The booklet is made up of 10 paper pages with images and text on both sides.

Historical information

This booklet contains information and pictures about the suburb of Caulfield, including information regarding development, education, recreation, heritage, culture, horse racing, lifestyle in the municipality. It also includes a map of the City of Caulfield.

Programme - "CIVIC SERVICE to mark the granting of ARMORIAL ENSIGNS AND CITY BANNER to the CITY OF CAULFIELD"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Programme, white paper card cover with a representation of the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms, 4 paper pages inside with printed text on the front and back of each page and a colour representation of the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms on Page 3. The pages have been stapled to the cover with two staples. This copy of the Programme has been covered with transparent contact, has a sticker with a Caulfield Library Reference number on the front cover and a Glen Eira Library Service stamp on the inner cover.

Historical information

The Programme was made on the occassion of the Civic Service to mark the granting of Armorial Ensigns and City Banner to the City of Caulfield. The cover states that the Ensigns were presented by J.P. Brooke - Little, Esq., Richmond Herald of Arms. There are three other known copies of the this Programme.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/w portrait photograph of Cr Max Blair wearing grey suit, white pin striped shirt and dark tie with diagonal stripes.

Historical information

One of 11 similarly presented b/w half portrait photographs showing various councillors within Glen Eira City Council. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso in blue ink pen: "Cr Max Blair"

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Colour portrait photograph of Cr Dorothy Ford wearing a dark printed dress with a string of pearls.

Historical information

Presented with 11 b/w portrait photographs of councillors in the City of Glen Eira. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso in blue ink pen: " Cr. Dorothy Ford "

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/w portrait photograph of Cr Dorothy Ford with white hair and glasses wearing a printed dress and beads.

Historical information

One of 11 similarly presented b/w half portrait photographs showing various Councillors within Glen Eira City Council. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso in blue ink pen: "Cr. Dorothy Ford"

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Large B/W signed photograph of HRH Prince Edward.

Historical information

Only one other similar photograph been identified and is held by the State Library of Qld.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by HRH Prince Edward "Edward P"

City of Caulfield Employment Agreement

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Four page typewritten employment agreement between City of Caulfield and Hallkeeper, Arthur L. Wigley, dated 12th May 1911. Document is initialed at the base of each page and is embossed with the seal of City of Caulfield on the fourth page.

Booklet - "AVENUES OF HONOUR The Councils of the Municipalities of the CITY OF CAULFIELD TOWN OF BRIGHTON acting in conjunction PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION SAT 3rd AUG. 1918 AT 3oCLOCK SOUVENIR"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Commemorative booklet, grey cover with text printed on the grey textured paper and an image of four trees and a wreath. Image of a kookaburra on the back. Inside, 28 numbered pages with b/w text and photographic images including a transparent paper representation of the proposed Avenues of Honour on Brighton Road and Point Nepean Road. Souvenir programme for a Public Demonstration for the Avenues of Honour as detailed on the front.

Historical information

Souvenir Programme from the Councils of the Municipalities of the City of Caulfield and the Town of Brighton for a Public Demonstration to be held on Sat 3rd August 1918 at 3 o'clock for the proposed Avenues of Honour to be planted in memory of fallen WWI soldiers. One of two known copies, this copy has "Town Clerk" stamped in the upper corner, rhs.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inkstamp upper corner rhs: "TOWN CLERK"

Programme - "CIVIC SERVICE to mark the granting of ARMORIAL ENSIGNS AND CITY BANNER to the CITY OF CAULFIELD"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Programme with white cardboard cover with the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms in black and white on the front. Four double sided pages and a colour representation of the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms on Page 3.

Historical information

The Programme was made on the occasion of the Civic Service to mark the granting of Armorial Ensigns and City Banner to the City of Caulfield. The cover states that the Ensigns were presented by J.P. Brooke - Little, Esq., Richmond Herald of Arms. There are three other known copies of the this Programme.

Medal, commemorative - "City of Caulfield, Coronation of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II, 2nd June, 1953"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Small round gilt bronze commemorative medal with loop. Profile of HM Queen Elizabeth II on obverse surrounded by the inscription "CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II JUNE 2ND 1953" and "AMOR" near the left shoulder. The City of Caulfield Coat of Arms (unofficial version) is depicted in the centre circled by the inscription "CITY OF CAULFIELD VICTORIA" around central coat of arms. Deterioration due to areas of oxidation on both sides.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse - "CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2ND JUNE 1953" around Head of Elizabeth II and "AMOR" near Queen's shoulder- Reverse - "CITY OF CAULFIELD VICTORIA" around central coat of arms.

Spurway Home Photograph Album

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Black leatherbound photograph album with brochures, newspaper clippings, printed ephemera from the Spurway Nursing Home dating from c.1920.

Kuraburn bottle

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Clear glass bottle with two paper labels on narrow side. One red, green, white and black label with Sanax branding, one red and white label at base of bottle with address and contact details. Black plastic screw-top lid with a section missing. Bottle has been decanted however some residue remains. Small cork stopper contained within bottle.

Historical information

This Kuraburn Bottle is part of a Sanax First Aid Case which was used at the the former Carnegie Senior Citizens' Centre. The centre was located at 314 Neerim Road, Carnegie. When the Neerim Road facility closed, its activities were moved to the Carnegie Library and Community Centre. For Occupational Health and Safety reasons, Council no longer maintains first aid kits at senior citizens' centres.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sanax" KURABURN / FOR THE TREATMENT / OF BURNS / SCALDS AND / SUNBURN / THE SANAX CO. / 849-51 NEPEAN HIGHWAY / MOORABIN / TEL XU 2651 / Left side of label: Directions: Dab on lightly, and repeat in two hours if necessary. Applied early, it prevents blistering. Right side of label: Allow to dry on the skin before putting on wearing apparel, to avoid staining the clothes. 223-5 BAY ROAD, / SANDRINGHAM, S.8 / VICTORIA / Phone: 98-1604

Plaque, commemorative

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Plaque, bronze, rectangular with polished bronze border and relief lettering and brown textured background. The plaque commemorates the opening of the pedestrian plaza development Elsternwick Place by the Mayor of the City of Caulfield, Cr B. Rudzki J.P. on the 24th of July 1982. The plaque is warped due to installation on a rock, and the reverse has brown and red discolouration and rust.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: Elsternwick Place / This Pedestrian Plaza Development / Was Opened By / His worship the mayor of / The city of Caulfield / CR. B. Rudzki, J. P. / On 24th July 1982. / The opening marked the completion / of the first stage of an overall / Improvement programme for the / Elsternwick shopping centre / Mayor and councillors / City of Caulfield / Arrow Engraving & foundry co. Melb

Booklet - "Caulfield 78"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Rectangular booklet titled "Caulfield 78", some fading and creasing on the cover.

Historical information

This “Caulfield 78” Community booklet contains relevant emergency telephone numbers of the time. The booklet contains information on council services, the Caulfield Town Hall, resources and contacts pertaining to health, men/women/children, elderly, employment, government policy, councillors, council, committee members, statistics and the environment. The front of the booklet has information about the location of council at Town Hall, and introduces the services which can be looked up in the community directory section of the booklet.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/W photograph showing the rear balcony, ceiling and seating in the Auditorium in the Glen Eira Town Hall. The image shows the Caulfield Town Hall Auditorium prior to 1987 when it was reconstructed and divided to make a lower floor to accommodate a gallery and an auditorium on the floor above.

Historical information

One of 5 B/W photographs showing areas within Caulfield Town Hall. Production date unknown sometime after 1931 and before 1976. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Small Sticker, green and gold, adhered to r.h.s. verso corner 'The Speciality Press Pty. Ltd.'

Programme - "CIVIC SERVICE to mark the granting of ARMORIAL ENSIGNS AND CITY BANNER to the CITY OF CAULFIELD"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Programme, white paper card cover with a representation of the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms, 4 paper pages inside with printed text on the front and back of each page and a colour representation of the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms on Page 3. The pages have been stapled to the cover with two staples. The cover has a City of Caulfield Library stamp and a red sticky dot in the upper corner, rhs.

Historical information

The Programme was made on the occassion of the Civic Service to mark the granting of Armorial Ensigns and City Banner to the City of Caulfield. The cover states that the Ensigns were presented by J.P. Brooke - Little, Esq., Richmond Herald of Arms. There are three other known copies of the this Programme.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on front cover in black ink: "CITY OF CAULFIELD / LIBRARY"

Letters Patent - Letters Patent for the Grant of Arms to the City of Caulfield presented on 1st May, 1977

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Mounted Letters Patent illuminated document for the Grant of Arms to the City of Caulfield presented on 1st May, 1977. Hand written and hand painted on cream coloured parchment using different coloured inks, mainly black, blue, red and gouache and gold paint. The bottom edge is folded up over itself approx. 45mm revealing the flesh side of the parchment, which displays black ink signatures and three sets of two horizontal slits that hold three blue ribbon. The ribbons support three wax seals in round, gold coloured metal cases held by the wax through slots in the casing. Although covered by the cap top, each wax seal within displays a different flag emblem with a crown on top, surrounded by a ring of text (difficult to read), noted when the cases were opened during conservation treatment.

Historical information

Glen Eira has a long history of association with various heraldic forms. From its early years the municipality of Caulfield had used the armorial bearings of the Caulfield Family (the Charlemonts of Castle Caulfield) to represent the roads board and later the town and city. In 1969 Caulfield City Council began planning to apply for an official coat of arms for the City. In 1974 Horace Hall, a Balwyn North resident and member of the Heraldry Society in London advised Council that the current usage was illegal, and that the Houston family, current owners of the Caulfield Arms could take legal action against Council for 'usurping their arms'. Mr Hall was commissioned to develop new heraldry for the City, and in conjunction with J. P. Brooke Little at the College of Arms, London, he prepared an acceptable design for Caulfield's Coat of Arms. The Council paid an additional sum to have a standard painted on the Letters Patent and the municipality's new coat of arms was drawn up in June 1975. The Coat of Arms retains a number of heraldic elements from the original Caulfield family insignia, including the dragons, the colours and the elements of the shield. The newly registered coat of arms and Letters Patent document for the granting of arms was presented at a civic service to mark the granting of armorial ensigns and the city banner to the City of Caulfield on the 1st May 1977. Significant elements of the coat of arms granted by these Letters Patent are as follows: The motto 'Labore Vinces' translates to 'By our labours we will conquer'. The helmet represents the rank of the owner. Public authorities are granted an esquire's helmet. The brickwork on the crest is a recognised emblem of local government. The Letters Patent also display a banner and a badge, both official symbols of the City of Caulfield. The badge, which is displayed on the banner as well as on its own, features a bridled horse. This represents the importance of racing, the Caulfield racecourse and the Caulfield cup to the municipality.

Significance

These letters patent officially proclaim the granting of the coat of arms to the City of Caulfield. They are highly significant to the City of Glen Eira as they are the primary document that signifies the official and ceremonial heraldic powers of the Coat of Arms of the City of Caulfield.

Inscriptions & Markings

See attached transcription.

Employee Handbook

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

City of Caulfield Employee Handbook, dated September 1992.

Historical information

This Employee Handbook booklet from September 1992 contains information relevant for employees of the Caulfield City Council at the time. It contains a wide range of information pertaining to council staff, including a section to fill in an employees name, personal details, and emergency contacts, as well as insights into staff expectations, conduct, salaries, council organisation, general welfare and safe work practices.

Booklet - "To The Memory of Fallen Comrades"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Booklet - 2 sheets of paper vertically folded and stapled in middle with text and images printed on both sides in black ink print with some green ink. Booklet is a patriotic fund raising appeal for a Memorial Hall for the Caulfield R.S.L. Front cover of booklet shows representation of the proposed Memorial Hall.

Historical information

The Booklet was given to City of Caulfield Council with several similar and related items including preliminary drafts for the Booklet.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/w photograph of Cr Geoff Patience wearing a dark suit and tie with a white shirt.

Historical information

One of 11 similarly presented b/w half portrait photographs showing various councillors within Glen Eira City Council. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso in blue ink pen: "Cr Geoff Patience"

Magazine, colour - "150 Years of Footy. Our Game" Part 2

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Herald Sun Out and About Magazine, colour, titled "150 Years of Footy. Our Game" Part 2, pages with words and images. B/W image of the Caulfield Town Hall on pg.8 showing the Portico entrance with a banner across the pillars with the words: "KEEP SOUTH AT SOUTH" across the banner and people on the steps.

Historical information

This magazine was provided free with Herald Sun newspapers in May 2008 to celebrate 150 years of AFL. DVDs were also available during this time. This B/W image, reproduced in a magazine, is of historic significance for its portrayal of the Caulfield Town Hall (including portico entrance) and its role as the venue for the extraordinary meeting of members of the South Melbourne Football Club. The South Melbourne Football Club was facing difficulties towards the end of the 1970s, and in 1981 newspapers announced the club’s proposed move to Sydney. The Keep South At South (KSAS) group was formed in opposition to the move, and after presenting the board with more than the requisite amount of signatures required, forced them to call an extraordinary meeting of members. This meeting was held on Tuesday the 22nd of September 1981 at the Caulfield Town Hall.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/W photograph showing the main hall, Caulfield Town Hall, including the seating facing towards the stage set up with a table, chairs and a piano. The image shows the Caulfield Town Hall Auditorium prior to 1987 when it was reconstructed and divided to make a lower floor to accommodate a gallery and an auditorium on the floor above.

Historical information

One of 5 B/W photographs showing areas within Caulfield Town Hall. Production date unknown, sometime after 1931 and before 1976. Original source unknown. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Small Sticker, green and gold, adhered to r.h.s. verso corner 'The Speciality Press Pty. Ltd.'

Planter, commemorative

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Sliver bowl shaped planter with handles, wire insert and a separate wooden stand. Hallmark on side of planter.

Historical information

This Planter was presented by the City of Caulfield in 1928 to Mrs E.F.S, England, in appreciation of her role as Mayoress of the City.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Presented to MRS E.F.S. ENGLAND by the COUNCILLORS, RATEPAYERS and CITIZENS TO COMMEMORATE HER OFFICE AS MAYORESS OF THE CITY OF CAULFIELD IN THE YEAR 1928."

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/W photograph showing central octagonal booth, parquetry floors and Honour Boards in the original entrance foyer of the Caulfield Town Hall. The image shows the Caulfield Town Hall entrance foyer prior to 1987 when it was reconstructed to accommodate The Caulfield Arts Complex.

Historical information

One of 5 B/W photographs showing areas within Caulfield Town Hall. Production date unknown sometime after 1931 and before 1976. Original source unknown. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Small Sticker, gold and orange, adhered to r.h.s.verso corner 'The Speciality Press'.

Book - "Guest Book"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Brown vinyl, hard cover book with "GUESTS" embossed on obverse cover and four raised ridges on spine and cream coloured paper pages, 12 pages have been signed. Book presented in a green, fabric bag with black, cord draw-string and CAVALLINI & CO. printed on bag.

Historical information

Guest book presented for signing by guests attending the re-opening of the Bentleigh Library in June 2010 including the signatures of councillors and official visitors.

Booklet - "City of Caulfield CENTENARY 1857 - 1957"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Small commemorative book with cream coloured cover. The words "City of Caulfield" are embossed in brown ink on the top of the cover. The original City of Caulfield Coat of Arms is embossed in brown ink in the centre of the front cover. The words "Centenary 1857 - 1957" are embossed in brown ink at the bottom of the cover. The interior pages are cream coloured and are not numbered. The text and images are in black and white.

Historical information

Commissioned by the Caulfield City Council to mark the occasion of the Centenary of the City of Caulfield, October - 1957.

Plaque - "Shire of Caulfield Labore Vinces"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Cast Iron circular plaque with a rectangular piece coming out of the top and bottom of the disc with the words "Shire of Caulfield" surrounding the Shire Seal which is an image of a man ploughing with the Shire motto "Labore Vinces" ("by our labours we shall conquer") on either side of the man.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/W photograph of the unfurling of the Caulfield Race Course Ground Pennant by Mrs Fred Porter, 23 July 1927

Historical information

Considered significant due to images of Mayor and Mayoress Fred Porter and Town Clerk Mr J. Briggs. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.