MysteryMonday: Mountainview Road, Briar Hill, Early to Mid 1960s

MYSTERY SOLVED – Mountainview Road, Briar Hill just near No. 145

Note the FJ Holden ute with canopy and old motorcycle with side-car. These may have belonged to the Watson brothers (C.J. Watson’s sons) who undertook stone work for the Council. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

#MysteryMonday – Today’s images are again of a residential area, possibly Eltham or Montmorency but we are not sure. They were taken in the early to mid 1960s. Work is under way at the house one down from the bend where two piles of bluestone are gathered; possibly for terrace edging of the driveway and footpath. These images were from a strip of negatives, most likely taken by a Shire of Eltham employee so the works could have been part of council operations. Many streets in the shire have stonework edges  for gardens abutting footpaths where the the roads have been cut into the terrain. Much of this stone masonry work was undertaken for the council by C.J. Watson and Sons.

From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society
In this picture we see the cement mixer on the right so possibly stone work being undertaken both sides of the street. There is another street intersecting mid-way but the sign is illegible. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Possibly one of the Watson brothers? Note the red kerosene warning lantern sitting on the bluestone blocks. The EK Holden may have belonged to the Council employee who took the photos. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

Can you identify it? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is, any stories you can tell about the area or similar photos you can share?

Over to you . . .

Heritage Walk: Eltham Cemetery Artworks – March 3rd, 2pm

Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at 2.00pm

Photo: Jim Connor

Newsletter No 236 October 2017 contained a report on the unveiling of a significant new art project at the Eltham Cemetery. Titled “Our Eltham – Artistic Recollections” it features 31 ceramic panels containing artwork with a local history theme. The work is the joint creation of artist Nerina Lascelles and ceramicist Linda Detoma, supported with stonework by Leigh Wykes and steelwork by Neil Carter, all skilled local Nillumbik artisans.

Photo: Jim Connor

The main purpose of our excursion on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 2.00pm will be to view the panels and will include readings from the interpretive booklet published by the Cemetery Trust. There will also be the opportunity to inspect other artworks within the cemetery.

Enter the cemetery from Metery Road (Melway Ref. 21 K9) and proceed to the adjacent car park.

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

Please note that dogs are not permitted on Society excursions.

The phone number for contact on the day is 0409 021 063.

ThrowbackThursday: Cnr Susan and Bridge Streets, Eltham, c.1965

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to Swan Street, Eltham, circa 1965 where we cast our eyes to the southeast across the railway line and towards the intersection of Susan and Bridge streets.

Looking south from Swan Street, Eltham, c,1965. Train in foreground, Bridge street running parallel to train in background and Brisbane Street obscured by train. Susan Street north of Bridge Street (now Brisbane Street) on left. Vacant block of land is now the site of Bunnings. Presnt day SES building at corner of Susan and Bridge Street can be seen in centre background.
(Photo: ©Russell Yeoman; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

In the immediate centre is a small cream cottage with green roof, number 66 Susan Street, which at that time was owned by the Shire of Eltham but is now the site of the Eltham Skate Park along with the adjoining Alistair Knox Park. In 1965 Susan Street ran all the way north of Bridge Street to the bend where it turned to the left into Brisbane Street. Today that section of Susan Street has been renamed as an extension of Brisbane Street.

On the southeastern side of the intersection we see the the building currently used by the State Emergency Services.

Looking south from Swan Street, Eltham, c,1965. Shows Susan Street, Brisbane Street and Bridge Street. Large open field in centre now site of Bunnings
(Photo: ©Russell Yeoman; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

On the northwest corner of the intersection, is open land, the site of the future Bunnings store.

What memories to these images bring back to you? What can you share about the development of the area, even memories of riding the train through here? We would love to hear your stories and see any photos you may care to share.

Construction of Bunnings store at cnr of Susan and Bridge streets, Eltham c.2007-2008. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Construction of Bunnings store at cnr of Susan and Bridge streets, Eltham c.2007-2008. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)