Category Archives: About Us

Nillumbik 2018 Community Group of the Year

2018 Community Group of the Year – Nillumbik Shire Council

Members of Eltham District Historical Society with Nillumbik Shire’s Mayor, Cr. Peter Clarke at the Nillumbik Shire Council Australia Day Awards held at Eltham Community Reception Centre, Australia Day, 26 January 2018.

The Eltham District Historical Society Incorporated is honoured to have received the 2018 Community Group of the Year Award from Nillumbik Shire Council, at the Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in Eltham on 26th January 2018.
Eltham District Historical Society President Jim Connor said:

‘I am very pleased to accept this award on behalf of all members, past and present, who have contributed to our historical society, since it was established in 1967.’

‘Our society appreciates this recognition, especially as it follows the celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2017.’

‘Each of the significant milestones and achievements over the last 50 years have been the result of consistent efforts by dedicated and passionate believers in our local history, intent on encouraging the recognition and preservation of our valuable historical records representing activities and events that have occurred in the Eltham area. Receipt of this award is another page in the history of the Eltham District Historical Society.’

‘Stories of history we tell not only shape our past, they shape our future as well. We look forward to being an active part of Nillumbik’s future.’

Advertisements

History Matters

Photo: Eltham c.1900 (from the collection of EDHS)

History Matters by Jim Connor

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”
          – Martin Luther King Jnr.

History matters… to our sense of place, where we are both physically and mentally, where we fit into the place where we are and how we relate to our surroundings.

History matters… when locating yourself in time, in your part of your own history, whether it is your family, your community, your culture, your lived life experiences. These all form part of our own history we carry with us and build on as we proceed on our life journey.

History matters… to the political climate of the time, what has or has not occurred and how those decisions impact on our past, current and future history.

History matters… to how we honour our own history and of those we relate to.

History matters… to how our built and natural environment evolves, how it reflects and respects the past and how it is developed or changed around us and by us.

History matters… if we think it does, if we believe it does, if we encourage others to understand it does.

History matters… to our memories that retain our history and to the memories of those around us.

History matters… to the stories we know and tell and the stories of other people.

History matters… to how we see ourself in the world.

History just matters!

Stories of history we tell not only shape our past, they shape our future as well.

April Meeting: Dr Andrew Lemon – Fifty years of the EDHS and why it matters

Eltham District Historical Society Annual General Meeting

12th April at 8pm

Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre, Library Place, Eltham

Our meeting at 8.00pm on Wednesday 12th April 2017 is our Annual General Meeting, which includes the presentation of annual reports and the election of office bearers for the coming year. The official notification of the Annual General Meeting and Agenda are on page 8 of our April Newsletter. Copies will be available on the night at the meeting or can be requested via email to edhsoffice@gmail.com.

At this meeting we are pleased to have as our guest speaker Dr. Andrew Lemon, a great friend of EDHS and a Fellow and the immediate Past President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Andrew is an independent Melbourne historian, author of numerous books on local history, shipwrecks, biography, schools and sport and winner of national literary awards. He has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Melbourne for his published works. Andrew edited the Victorian Historical Journal throughout the 1990s and served on the Library Board of Victoria and the Heritage Council.

Andrew is a very entertaining presenter and in our 50th Anniversary year he has chosen to speak about ‘Fifty years of the EDHS – and why it matters.’ We look forward to again welcoming Andrew to share time with us.

 

EDHS Local History Centre Open Day – Sat March 4th

edhs-1967The former police residence at 728 Main Road, Eltham was built in 1859-60 to house the local police officer, with the first occupant being Constable Peter Lawlor and his family. This building is on the Victorian Heritage Register and is considered to be of state heritage significance as the oldest public building in Nillumbik, after the adjacent Court House, also built in 1859-60. A single stall brick stables building with a loft was also built in the rear yard, but has been substantially altered since. The original two-cell bluestone lockup, located where the rear car park now is, was demolished in the 1950s. Some of the bluestone blocks have been used as edging for garden beds.

Police activities ceased about 1952 when a new police station was opened in central Eltham. The residence was then used by the State Lands Department, followed by a Community Youth Support Scheme and later for the Shire of Eltham Parks and Environment Section.

edhs-2017Since 1998 our Society has appreciated occupying this former residence for our Local History Centre as the base for our operations and to house a range of local history resources, records and documents.

During the last six months we have undertaken a substantial refurbishment and reorganisation of the premises and to celebrate this achievement we will be holding an Open Day and official ‘reopening’ on Saturday 4th March from 2.00pm. Society members and visitors are invited to visit, browse around and explore some of our local history.

1967 – A Year of Change

50-years-maroon

A word from our Society President, Jim Connor.

While there have been many changes in the 50 years since 1967, the year our Historical Society was established, 50 years is not such a long time………in historical terms.

It is however a significant milestone for our small not-for-profit historical group, a milestone to be appropriately acknowledged and celebrated. We can remember our past and value our present, as we encompass our future.

Much has changed since 1967, the last year Harold Holt was Prime Minister, when Henry Bolte was the Victorian Premier, La Trobe University was officially opened, the Postcode system was introduced, Heidelberg Historical Society commenced and in June the Beatles released the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band album, considered by Rolling Stone magazine to be the most important rock and roll album ever made. June was also the month the first meeting was held to establish our Society.

Since that time our Society has been actively involved in many activities, excursions, meetings and initiatives to support recognition of our local history. We have been, and are part of the social and cultural fabric that makes up our community. We, and other like groups, value our history and we continue to encourage the broader appreciation of the historical elements within our district, that once gone can never be replaced.

During this year we will look back to consider those individuals who helped establish the then Shire of Eltham Historical Society, now known as the Eltham District Historical Society. They set a course that has led us to where we are today.

Along the way there have been many, many people who have contributed their time, skills, passion and commitment to support our Society and to ensure it has continued to present, value and express the importance of protecting our heritage and maintaining memories of the past, our significant local history.

Now an appropriate question is…where do we go from here? No doubt this will be one of the many discussion points during 2017, our 50th Anniversary year.

2017 Program

To catch up with what is happening during our 50th anniversary year, our 2017 Program is now available to download directly from here or via the menu links.

2016 Program

Eltham District Historical Society would like to wish all members a Happy New Year for 2016.

Our program for 2016 includes topics and speakers for Society meetings as well as dates for other activities, committee meetings, records workshops and heritage excursions. We look forward to members being involved in our various activities during 2016. Any changes during the year will be notified in the Newsletter. A copy of the program may be downloaded by clicking on the “2016 Program” link.

In accordance with a decision of the Committee the meeting schedule has been altered from what it has been in past years. Following the first Society meeting in February, meetings will be held every two months with the Annual General Meeting to be held in April. There will be five meetings rather than the six held in past years. The Christmas function in December will take the place of the sixth meeting. Excursions and Committee meetings will be held in alternate months to Society meetings. The net effect of these changes is that Society activities will be spread more evenly throughout the year.

As indicated above, the April meeting is the Annual General Meeting. Formal notice and the agenda for this meeting will be contained in the April Newsletter, which will be distributed in time to satisfy statutory notice requirements.

Members are encouraged to come along to our records workshops to assist with the on-going task of getting our records into systematic order. A growing number of members continues to make progress on this and other tasks associated with the operation of our Society. The first workshop for 2016 is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30 pm.

Contacts for the Eltham District Historical Society
• Jim Connor, President – Telephone 0418 379 497
• Russell Yeoman, Secretary – Telephone 9439 9717
• David Johns, Treasurer / Membership Secretary – Telephone 9434 3357

We appreciate the financial support provided by Nillumbik Shire Council and the Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market Committee of Management

We also appreciate the support of Vicki Ward MP, State Member for Eltham who assists with the printing of the Society’s Newsletter.

New EDHS Banner

IMG_0981_3

The Royal Historical Society Victoria (RHSV) invited affiliated historical societies and heritage groups to apply for the design of a rollup banner as a way to acknowledge and celebrate their History Week 2015 program. The Eltham District Historical Society was fortunate to be successful with an application, which meant we could proceed with submitting a layout to their graphic designers.

Our committee agreed with the draft design prepared by Jim Connor, which was then sent for final artwork and production. We are pleased with the banner we have received through the generous support of the RHSV.

This has already been displayed at a talk about Early Eltham Pioneers at the Eltham Library on 20 October 2015 as part of the RHSV Local History Week and also the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Local History Month. The banner will also be used at our meetings, future events and presentations as a means of promoting our Society and our interests in local history.