ThrowbackThursday: Eltham Parade 1982

#ThrowbackThursday – Who can’t resist a good parade? Nowadays the excitement and frequency of parades down Main Street, Eltham seems to have dwindled. Anzac Day, Eltham Spring Festival, in fact any good excuse; we just do not seem to experience them as much now but no doubt everyone can remember back to parades of the past; either participating through various school or community groups or simply watching the show and cheering the floats from the side of the road.

An fabulous display of local flowers and veggies proudly lead the parade down Main Street, Eltham, 1982

Today we time travel back to 1982 and the Eltham Parade as it progresses along Main Road past the Catholic Church heading towards Bridge Street. It was the year the Tasmanian Wilderness Society was in full force with the Save the Franklin River campaign, and Diamond Valley Railway was celebrating 21 years of passenger service.

These images are from a roll of film recently digitised as part of our 50th Birthday project to catalogue our collection on Victorian Collections to help preserve and share these precious moments in time.

Does anyone remember this parade? The time was late 1982 or early 1983; most likely Spring, 1982 and typically of that time of year, towards the end of the parade it poured with rain.

What is a parade without a fire engine to rev up the children (big and small). The Catholic Church can be seen in the background, much the same as today.
The Tasmanian Wilderness Society’s platypus float and Save the Franklin campaign, which resulted in success in 1983.
The Shire of Eltham Historical Society’s float as we used to be formally known as prior to the cessation of the Shire in late 1994.
And what parade in Eltham did not include Jock Read on his faithful mount here leading (but not seen in this image) the Horse and Pony club.
The Living and Learning Centre float
Diamond Valley Railway was founded in 1960 and commenced operations in 1961. Celebrating 21 years of passenger service.
The Victorian Police Marching Band take up the parade rear guard
The Victorian Police Marching Band standing proud in the pouring rain
The Shire of Eltham Historical Society were awarded a certificate by Rotary for the most effort by ‘locals’ in participation of the Eighth Eltham Community Festival 1982.
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3 thoughts on “ThrowbackThursday: Eltham Parade 1982”

  1. I think the clowns in one of those photos was the Eltham Toy Library. At that time it was next door to the Maternal and Child Health Centre, with the sun dial out the front. I have photos of my mum, sisters and me in that parade for the Toy Library group, both snapshots and an old Diamond Valley News article about it. I’ll see if I can find them and send you copies.
    I love your blog and Facebook account. Thanks for doing all this work.

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    1. Hi Kate, really pleased you appreciate the posts and that would be great if you have some follow-up information on the parade. We have a number of years of Diamond Valley News in our collection so if you can identify the issue we could check to see if we have it already. Will have a quick look through them tomorrow just in case so thanks for the heads up. We only posted nine shots from the roll of film but when we catalogue them onto Victorian Collections the entire roll will be available on-line. Will post an update with the link when that is done.

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