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.

2 thoughts on “Gulf Station”

  1. I am trying to find a picture of my Grandparents house. Mr & Mrs Jack Morganti from Main Road Eltham, opposite Burgoyne’s old shop. It was pulled down to make way for a road that never happened. It would have been purchased by the road authority of the time back in the 1970’s.Any ideas would be appreciated. Therese Hume


    1. Hi Therese, we have been unable to find any photos of this house. In photos of this section of Main Road from the 1960s, the houses are hidden by vegetation along the edge of the road. The is an aerial view (date unknown) of the area around Bridge Street which you could view at Also, did you see our post about Melbourne as it was 70 years ago in 1945 – You might find something of interest there.


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