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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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Book - 2015 ANZAC Centenary Poppies Community Project Book

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

This large, black book is embossed with the square logo for the City of Glen Eira on the front. It contains tributes and dedications made by members of the community as part of the 2015 ANZAC Centenary Poppies community project under the headings "Date / Name / Dedication". The object also includes an unattached handwritten letter, and a handwritten label attached to one dedication. The dedication entries are dated from 10/04/2015 to 17/05/2015.

Historical information

The 2015 ANZAC Centenary Poppies community project was run by Glen Eira City Council, community artists and the Glen Eira community. Glen Eira Council encouraged community involvement by inviting the community to handmake poppies (knitted, crocheted, felted or crafted, no more than 15cm in diameter) to be included in a display in the Town Hall’s gallery from April the 8th. The Poppies Community Project Display will be held from 8th April - 17th May 2015 in the Gallery Annexe at Glen Eira Town Hall, with the hundreds of poppies arranged and linked by artist Emma Davies. The display was accompanied by a display of war memorabilia and artefacts, and visitors were invited to record their own dedication in a commemorative book.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Large B/W Photograph of the Town Hall in fair condition mounted on foamcore. The Town Hall Tower has "1857-1957" in lights with fairy lights down the sides.

Historical information

The photograph was taken from the corner of Hawthorn and Glen Eira Roads and clearly shows the original entrance to the building from Hawthorn Road. 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.

Medal, commemorative - "HM King George V Silver Jubilee Medal"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

George V Silver Jubilee Medal, 1935. Round silver medal with attached loop and red ribbon with blue and white stripes on the edges. Awarded to Harry, Carl, Hortin Smith Mayor of the City of Caulfield. A total of 85,234 Jubilee medals were awarded to 'the great and good throughout the Empire' in 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

Historical information

The Medal, Presentation Box and Certificate from Buckingham Palace are a very important addition to Council’s History and Heritage collection because of their association with a past Mayor of the City of Caulfield. Although a total of 85,234 Jubilee medals were awarded to 'the great and good throughout the Empire' in 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, only a handful of these medals survive in major Australian museum collections. The National Museum of Australia holds a similar medal which was awarded to Sir Robert Menzies. The Museum of Victoria also holds a similar medal but neither collection contains a presentation box or certificate from Buckingham Palace. The significance of the donation is greatly enhanced due to its good condition and the fact that it includes all items associated with the presentation the Medal. Most museum collections only include the jubilee medal. Together these unique historical objects tell a complete story of this important event which was cause for great celebration around the world.

Inscriptions & Markings

OBVERSE: Conjoined half-length busts of King George V and Queen Mary wearing crowns and robes of state; around, GEORGE . V . AND . QUEEN . MARY . MAY . VI . MCMXXXV. REVERSE: A crowned monogram GRI (Translation - George King and Emperor) with the dates of his reign at either side, MAY 6 1910 May 6 1935.

Pin, brass and enamel - "Mayor of Caulfield's Patriotic Fund"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Small oval brass and enamel commemorative pin. Centre oval has blue enamel Australian flag, surrounded by the inscription "MAYOR OF CAULFIELD'S PATRIOTIC FUND". Red enamel scroll motif at rear. C-clasp fastening on reverse.

Historical information

This was donated to the Glen Eira City Council Collection by Ron Fisher. The pin belonged to Ron’s father Syd and has been in the family until its donation. Syd was a WW2 veteran who joined up in Caulfield. The Mayor of Caulfield's Patriotic Fund was established in 1939 in conjunction with the Caulfield Returned Soldier's Club. Members raised funds by hosting dances in private homes and events at the Caulfield Town Hall. By 1944, more than £86,000 had been collected for the Fund.

Inscriptions & Markings

"STOKES MELB"

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"

Coffee cup, ceramic

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

A ceramic coffee cup with the 1977 City of Caulfield Coat of Arms, showing signs of previous use (stained interior).

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom of cup: Image of a crown and underneath "Westminster Vitrified China, Australia, Supplied by Isaacson Catering and Hospitality Supplies".

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 "

Castor Oil Bottle

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Brown glass bottle with green and white paper label with Sanax branding, and usage directions. Black plastic screw-top lid. Bottle has been decanted. Small cork stopper inside bottle.

Historical information

This Castor Oil 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" CASTOR OIL / SOOTHING / APPLICATION / FOR THE EYES / OR AS AN / APERIENT / THE SANAX CO. / 223-225 BAY ROAD / SANDRINGHAM. TEL. 98-1604 / Left side of bottle: Internally -- Adult Dose: as a purgative, 1 to 2 table-spoonfuls. A valuable remedy for inflammation of the bowels, colic, diarrhoea, etc. Right side of bottle: Externally -- For eye burns of eye irritation, drop freely into the eye. A suitable application for caustic burns.

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"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Commemorative booklet, grey cover with text printed on the grey textured paper cover 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.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/W photograph showing the upper foyer at the Glen Eira Town Hall. Image shows couches and armchairs and two central octagonal seats with central stands and small urns.

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.'

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.

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

Proclamation - "Proclamation"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

PROCLAMATION printed in black at top of cream colour paper with text stating the terms of the agreement between the two cities below. Red seal at lower end of paper showing imagery for City of Caulfield coat of arms with surrounding text.

Historical information

Agreement between the City of Ogaki and the City of Caulfield to establish a "Friendly City Relationship effective from 26th January, 1990. The proclamation was signed by the Mayor for the Municipality of Ogaki and the Council of the Municipality of Caulfield.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the Mayor for the Municipality of Ogaki and the Municipality of Caulfield below.

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. Red, white and blue striped ribbon attached to the loop with a small gold coloured safety pin. 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 surrounded by the inscription "CITY OF CAULFIELD VICTORIA" around central coat of arms. Some abrasion and rust evident 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.

Book - "Caulfield's Heritage"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Single publication combining Volumes 1-4 of "Caulfield's Heritage" by Dr Geulah Solomon. Red hardcover book with gold embossed lettering down spine which reads 'Caulfield's Heritage Solomon' and post-1975 City of Caulfield Ensign. Housed in hardcover red sleeve. Includes Volume 1: Caulfield's Building Heritage, Volume 2: Caulfield's Cultural Heritage, Volume 3: Caulfield's Recreational Heritage, Volume 4: Caufield's Recent Municipal Heritage.

Historical information

This book was written by Dr. Geulah Solomon.

Sanax First Aid Ambulance Case

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Cream metal first aid case. Case is hinged on the long side, and has a handle and latch on the side opposite the hinge. Blue, gold, red and cream "Sanax First Aid Ambulance Case" label on lid featuring cross icon and flaming torch icon. Cream enamel paint has been painted over the exterior of the case, minor areas of overlap on label. Interior of case is split into three sections. Two narrow brackets on interior of lid to hold pen sized items. One rectangular bracket on interior of lid to hold paper or card. Two round mounting brackets on top edge of case. Contents include five glass medicine bottles, plastic tablet container, metal tweezers, two pairs medical scissors, glass eye dropper, brass thumbtacks, cardboard instruction booklet, rubber tourniquet.

Historical information

This First Aid Case was used

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sanax" TRADE MARK / FIRST AID / AMBULANCE / CASE

Medal

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Round, gold plated medal measuring 50mm in diameter with "The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria" embossed around edge, an engraved central plate with an embossed representation of a sheep above and cattle below. The engraved side of the medal has "The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria" around the edge, and the engraved part in the middle reads "CITY of CAULFIELD / HORTICULTURAL DISPLAY / 1981 / 1st Prize". Observe side reads "SPEED THE PLOUGH / RASV / ROYAL SHOW".

Historical information

Established in 1870, the National (renamed the Royal in 1890) Agricultural Society of Victoria, uses 'Speed the Plough' as its motto which is embossed on the medal. The engraved part of this medal reads “City of Caulfield Horticultural Display 1981, 1st Prize".

Photograph - "Mrs. Gladys E. Machin O.B.E. J.P. Founder of the Club, President 1953-1974"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Framed sepia toned and hand-painted photograph of Gladys E. Machin. Engraving on panel at bottom reads: 'Mrs Gladys E.Machin OBE J.P Founder of the Club, President 1953-1974'.

Historical information

Gladys Machin was the first female Councillor for the City of Caulfield. She served between 1950-1965 and was Mayor in 1955-56 and 1959-60. Machin championed the opening of the Caulfield Elderly Citizens Club in 1952 (later renamed in her honour as the Gladys E Machin Senior Citizen's Club). Machin was also President between 1953-1974, as noted on the engraving. The club now forms part of the Caulfield Senior Citizen's Centre at 8 Cedar Street, Caulfield South. Caulfield was one of the first local councils to establish an elderly citizen's club. This photograph used to hang in the main hall at Caulfield Senior Citizen's Centre alongside a photo of the Queen.

Significance

This object is considered of historic significance for its portrayal of Gladys Machin, first female Councillor for the City of Caulfield.

Tile, ceramic

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Early image of Caulfield Town Hall, b/w photograph of the Caulfield Shire Hall.

Historical information

As the Jowett Memorial Fountain in not evident in front of the building, it is assumed the photograph was taken between 1891 and 1921.

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

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"

Newspaper - The Sun News Pictorial, 18 August 1930

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Copy of The Sun News Pictorial, 18 August 1930. Pages are numbered to 36, but only 24 pages intact. Missing inserts.

Historical information

This newspaper was found under the floor during works on Town Hall in Caulfield. It was published in the same year (1930) that the portico was added to the Town Hall. The newspaper publication month coincides with the commencement of works in August 1930. It is possible that this object was deliberately placed underneath the floor at the time. The Sun News Pictorial was established in 1922 and published Monday to Saturday.

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.

Book (small) - "CAULFIELD 1869 - 1935 MEMORIES OF THE PAST"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Small book titled "CAULFIELD 1869 - 1935 MEMORIES OF THE PAST" by William Ludwig Samuel Sebastian Lechte, published by the City of Caulfield, 1993. The book has a cream coloured cover with the title and author, an aerial image of Caulfield featuring the Caulfield Town Hall and the City of Caulfield Coat of Arms printed on the front. The pages inside include 18 pages of black text printed on white pages.

Historical information

The introduction in this book, by Doulas R. Aylen (CEO), explains that the book is a publication of the memoirs of William Ludwig Samuel Sebastian Lechte, written in the 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

A sticker on the front bottom left hand corner reads 994.51, as this object was once a part of a library catalogue.

Spurway Home Photograph Album

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Black leather-bound photograph album with brochures, newspaper clippings, printed ephemera and photographs of residents from the Spurway Nursing Home. Circular embossed logo at bottom right corner of front cover.

Flyer

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Single page flyer printed on buff paper with black ink. Entitled "City of Caulfield / Notice of Intention to make and Levy a General Rate"

Historical information

This flyer is entitled "City of Caulfield / Notice of Intention to make and Levy a General Rate" and served to notify residents that the Council of the City of Caulfield intended to "make and levy a General Rate of four and a half pence in the pound on the unimproved Capital Values of all Rateable Properties in the Municipal District and of 1/11.65 in the pound on the Annual Values of all Special Rateable Properties in the Municipal District for the Year ending the 30th September, 1942" at its meeting to be held at the Town Hall of Caulfield on Tuesday 23rd of December, 1941. The flyer bears the name of the Town Clerk, James R. Briggs. The flyer was printed by The Craftsmen Press for City of Caulfield, and is dated 17th December, 1941.

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.

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.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/w portrait photograph of Cr Pat McPhee.

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 Pat McPhee"

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"