Gulf Station

Eltham District Historical Society Meeting

8 July 2015 at 8pm

Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre, Library Place, Eltham

Gulf Station-2

The presentation by Mike Ridley at our meeting at 8.00pm on Wednesday 8th July 2015, at the Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre in Library Place, Eltham is titled ‘Gulf Station’.

Mike will speak about the first assisted migrant ship to arrive from Scotland which carried, amongst others, The Bell family – the builders of Gulf Station. He will mention their first settlement in Kangaroo Ground; how one of their sons, William, started Gulf Station and the family who kept it going for nearly 100 years. In more modern times Gulf Station was sold to Smedley’s, a bookmaker, and then to the State Government. Now the National Trust manages the farm.

During the presentation Mike will also discuss the animals kept on the farm, construction of the house and out buildings, as well as the future of Gulf Station.

As at all of our meetings, new members and visitors are most welcome.

Heritage Walk: Montmorency – the farm on the Plenty – 4 July, 2pm

Saturday 4th July 2015 at 2.00pm

For some years now Maureen Jones has been researching the history of Montmorency Farm and its transformation into the present day suburb of Montmorency. The story begins with Stuart
Donaldson’s 1840 purchase of 925 acres of Crown land extending from the Plenty River to the western boundary of the future Eltham township. The farm remained largely intact until some years after the railway was constructed through it in 1901. Maureen’s book on this subject is expected to be released later this year.

Seed nursery c.1965, Sims Road, Montmorency
Seed nursery c.1965, Sims Road, Montmorency

For our excursion on 4th July we intend to walk along the full length of the western boundary of the former farm from south to north. We will mainly be following paths along the Plenty River. Near Sims Road there is the opportunity to visit the location of the former farm homestead. No former farm features remain but Maureen will provide commentary on the farm and its people as we go.

Looking across to poultry sheds and Para Road shops, c.1967
Looking across to poultry sheds and Para Road shops, c.1967

This walk is about 2.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at Palara Court, Montmorency. (Melway ref.21 B6). Please note that this is a one way walk finishing near
Greensborough railway station. Participants can return to the start on the 901 bus (bring your Myki card), by walking independently or by arranging some other means of transport.

This free walk is open to the general public as well as Society members.

Dogs are not permitted on Society excursions.

Phone number of contact on the day is 0409 021 063