ThrowbackThursday: Main Road Shops, Eltham, Winter 1968

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back 50 years to the Main Road shops in Eltham. It is a Monday morning, July 15th, 1968 and the weather is fine but cloudy. People are off to work and school. The temperature is 41 degrees (5° C) with a high of 53 (12° C). Cars and people are navigating the roadworks which are now well under way to widen Main Road from Pitt Street to Elsa Court.

Looking north along Main Road, Eltham from just south of Dudley Street, 15 July 1968 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society @elthamhistory)

What memories does this invoke for you? One can certainly get a fuller impression now of how this area changed with the widening of the road.


2 thoughts on “ThrowbackThursday: Main Road Shops, Eltham, Winter 1968”

  1. I presume Clinton’s Hardware was there in Main St. Ethan Village not even built. Did a lot of work with Allan Whitmore on its opening and first birthday.


    1. I remember this road work being done, and yes Clintons hardware was there then.(Great hardware store) as was Lyon brothers BP service station (BMC dealer, later become Holden dealer).
      Allan Whitemore was a real estate agent at the time, he was also building himself a house in Research out of recycled bricks around this period.
      John Barton


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