ThrowbackThursday: Cook’s Cottage, Arthur Street

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to Arthur Street, Eltham in the 1940s. Site of the current Eltham Town Square and Woolworths carpark, 70 years ago it was the very distinguished home of Mr and Mrs Ernie Andrew. The house was known locally as “Cook’s Cottage” as it reminded locals of that rather more well known cottage of the same name in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne.

Ernie Andrew died in 1950 and sadly not long afterwards Eltham lost a very unique landmark when the house was demolished.

A few of our older members can still recall the house – does anyone else have recollections of it?


Cooks Cottage, Arthur Street, Eltham, c.1940s – Ernie Andrews house, Arthur Street, Eltham c.1940s (now Woolworths carpark)
Site of “Cook’s Cottage”, the former home of Ernie Andrews

4 thoughts on “ThrowbackThursday: Cook’s Cottage, Arthur Street”

  1. I thought it was Mr Andrew not Andrews – hence the school houses we belonged to at the Eltham schools – Rutter, Stewart, Everard and Andrew. I lived further up Arthur St at 29 and walked past the house many times. Happy to be corrected.


    1. Hi Robert,

      Hi Robert, you are quite correct. His name is recorded as Andrews in other memorabilia but we asked a one of our older members who grew up in Eltham and he like you said he thought it may be Andrew as well. A check of the 1949 census shows Ernest James Andrew living at Arthur Street but his wife, Ellen Matilda appears to have pre deceased him. In 1937 they were both recorded in Main Road, Eltham, occupation newsagent. By 1943 they were recorded in Arthur Street and Ernie was retired. It would appear Ellen died between 1943 and 1949.


  2. I lived with my parents and my Uncle Ernie Andrew in this house until Uncle Ernie passed away. I was nearly 5 years old. We then moved to Pitt St. Have many memories.


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