Heritage Walk: Eltham War Memorials – 7 May 2016

Eltham Avenue of Honour plaque

Saturday 7th May 2016 at 2.00pm

Over the past two years our Society along with other similar organizations has participated in the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. This heritage excursion is a further event in that commemoration.

Within our local area many memorials, honour boards and the like were installed after that war. New memorials and additions to the earlier ones were established after the Second World War and there have been subsequent conflicts that are also commemorated. Within Eltham there are a number of memorials dedicated to locals who served Australia in times of war.

This walk on Saturday 7th May will visit a number of memorials along Main Road starting with the heritage listed Avenue of Honour. Along the way we will hear the stories of some of those who are honoured on the memorials. It will include a visit to our Local History Centre where there will be a display featuring memorials beyond the area of the walk.

The walk is about 2 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the car park in Wingrove Park near the intersection of Main and Mount Pleasant Roads. (Melway ref.21 J8). This is a one way walk finishing at the Eltham shopping centre. Private arrangements are required to return to the start such as bus or a return walk.

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

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Laughing Waters Road – Jane Woollard

Eltham District Historical Society Meeting

13 April 2016 at 8pm

Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre, Library Place, Eltham

Our Annual General Meeting was held April 13, which included the presentation of annual reports and the election of office bearers for the coming year. Jim Connor who was re-elected as President announced at the meeting that our membership base now stands at 79.

At this meeting Jane Woollard spoke about her recently released book titled “Laughing Waters Road: Art, Landscape and Memory in Eltham.”

Jane, who was the local history officer at the Shire of Nillumbik has a detailed knowledge of the history of our area, as well as an extensive background as a writer, theatre director and teacher. She has woven together the experiences and art making of more than eighty artists, who since 2001 have been in residence at Laughing Waters in Birrarung House and Riverbend, together with Wurundjeri, European and family histories to create an evocative account of a very special place in Eltham.

A large number of members and guests attended the meeting to hear Jane talk about her experiences over the four years it took to write the book. Jane sprinkled excerpts from notable sections within the book throughout her talk. Following on from this, Jane took a number of questions from the audience some of whom also shared their own experiences of Laughing Waters Road and the people who have lived there.

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