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ThrowbackThursday: Bolton Street Shops, Eltham, c.1990

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to around 1990 to the southern end  of Bolton Street where we find the popular Bolton Street shops. At that time the shops consisted of Bolton Fish & Chips, Bolton Pizza & Pasta, Fleur de Feliss Florist, Bolton Street Fruit Market, Stephens Meats, Ian Reid Real Estate, Bolton Street Hot Bread Kitchen, Welcome Mart, Milk Bar and Sub-Newsagency. Amazingly today, only three of those businesses have changed. Ian Reid Real Estate is now the The Cheesecake Shop, the Welcome Mart is now Bolton Street Deli and the Milk Bar & Sub-Newsagency is now Charcoal Chicken @ Bolton.

Looking south towards Bolton Street shops, Eltham, c.1990. Shops include; Bolton Fish & Chips, Bolton Pizza & Pasta, Fleur de Feliss Florist, Bolton Street Fruit Market, Stephens Meats, Ian Reid Real Estate, Bolton Street Hot Bread Kitchen, Welcome Mart, Milk Bar and Sub-Newsagency. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking south towards Bolton Street shops, Eltham, during Bolton Street upgrade, 13 November, 2017. Shops include; Bolton Fish & Chips, Bolton Pizza & Pasta, Fleur de Feliss Florist, Bolton Steet Fruit Market, Stephens Meats, The Cheesecake Shop, Bolton Street Hot Bread Kitchen, Bolton Street Deli, Chicken on Charcoal @ Bolton St. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking north across Main Road up Bolton Street, Eltham, c.1990. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking north across Main Road up Bolton Street, Eltham, during Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking north across Main Road up Bolton Street, Eltham, c.1990. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking north across Main Road up Bolton Street, Eltham, during Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking northeast towards Bolton Street shops, Eltham, c.1990. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Looking north across Main Road up Bolton Street, Eltham, during Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)

Do you have a favourite shop at Bolton Street? Seems like everyone does. What is yours and do you have any good stories to share from earlier times?

The building of the McDonalds Restaurant at the other end of Bolton Street in the late 1980s in the industrial estate was surrounded with controversy and protest but fast forward to today and it is a well accepted focal point within our community. Likewise the Bolton Street upgrade is generating some discontent but more than likely in the future will also be seen as a vast improvement for residents with improved visual appeal, livability and road safety. Whilst the shops at either end of the street have essentially remained the same over this quarter of a century, history is happening before our eyes today in between and in ten years time we will struggle to remember what it was like. In recognition of this, EDHS is capturing a visual record of the changes starting with the northbound lane closure and we have included below a number of these images captured this week along Bolton Street from Bridge Street to Main Road.

McDonalds Restaurant, cnr Bridge Street and Bolton Street, Eltham, c.1990. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
McDonalds Restaurant, cnr Bridge Street and Bolton Street, Eltham, during Bolton Street upgrade, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, near Bridge Street, McDonalds on left. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, ‘Southernwood’ and Brougham Street on left. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, ‘Southernwood’ and Brougham Street on left. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking north at Brougham Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, near Cromwell Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, just south of Withers Way. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, Withers Way on right. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, just south of Withers Way. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure at Flint Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking south towards Ely Street and Kirwana Grove. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking north towards Ely Street and Kirwana Grove. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking south towards Sackville Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking south at Thornton Street. Note stormwater pit tagged “Thorn 65”. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking north to Sackville Street from near Thornton Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking south at Thornton Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking north from near Baxter street showing new wide footpath. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking south towards Walsh Street and Bolton Street shops. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking south towards Walsh Street and Bolton Street shops. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017. North bound lane closure, looking north at Walsh Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Shops include; Bolton Fish & Chips, Bolton Pizza & Pasta, Fleur de Feliss Florist, Bolton Steet Fruit Market, Stephens Meats, The Cheesecake Shop, Bolton Street Hot Bread Kitchen, Bolton Street Deli, Chicken on Charcoal @ Bolton St. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
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ThrowbackThursday: Cnr Bible and York Streets, Eltham

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to the turn of the millennium to  December 1999 to the corner of Bible and York streets, Eltham, specifically 68 Bible Street. Here we find a small cottage originally built in 1880. In the 1930s it was owned by the then Roads Foreman for the Shire of Eltham, Mr. L. Burke. Originally the house was built with a galvanised iron roof but over the years was modernised with a tiled roof as well as an extension to the rear.

68 Bible Street, Eltham, December 1999. Originally built in 1880. in the 1930s it was owned by the Shire Council Road Foreman, L. Burke. (Photo: Marg Ball. From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)

This particular photograph forms part of a Millennium project undertaken by one of our Society’s members, a descendant of the original Shillinglaw family who had become concerned at how the pre 1960s parts of Eltham were disappearing. She wanted to record as many of the older houses in the Eltham township area before they were lost forever. Many of the streets running between Main Road and Bible Street were photographed and these films are currently being digitised. And indeed it is staggering the level of change that the developed landscape has undergone even since 2000.

The property history report for 68 Bible Street reveals in more recent times it was sold in January 1994 for $38,000 but quickly turned over just four months later in May 1994 for $25,000 – that must have hurt. The next recorded sale is in June 1999, just before this picture was taken when it sold for $129,950. Ten years later in April 2009 it achieved $272,000 and again sold just four months later in August 2009 for an undisclosed price. In 2010 a building permit was issued to reblock the house and in May of 2013 it was leased out at $300 per week.

In July of this year, Council issued a building permit for demolition of the existing dwelling, shed’s and associated garage and the construction of a double story dwelling, garage, decks, alfresco area and retaining walls.

68 Bible Street, Eltham, 22 September 2017 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).
68 Bible Street, Eltham, 22 September 2017 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

By September the trees and shrubs had been removed and construction fencing erected around the property.

The house was demolished on 19-20 October 2017. Photo taken 25 October 2017 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

Between October 19 and 20, the 137 year old cottage was flattened and Eltham lost another little piece of its history but hopefully not its story.

68 Bible Street, Eltham, 30 October 2017; awaiting a new beginning (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).
68 Bible Street, Eltham, 30 October 2017; awaiting a new beginning (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

Some of us were born here, some of us chose to move to Eltham because of its character. That character is changing before our eyes, faster than at times is appreciated. Just because something has always been there during our time does not mean it will remain so. What exists today could well be history tomorrow.

This is not a protest about one little cottage; times change. Not everything old is necessarily significant but it is still part of our community’s history and history matters.

Rather this is a call to be on the lookout for other old homes that may one day also be potentially under threat and to photograph them and record their history before they are lost forever. Eltham District Historical Society is happy to receive all such photos and information in order that we may preserve the legacy of what came before so that our future generations are able to appreciate and understand their roots.

ThrowbackThursday: Approaching Eltham from Research, February 1968

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to Main Road and the approach to Eltham shops from Research nearly 50 years ago. It was February 1968 and big changes were in stall for duplication of the road from Bridge street all the way to our vantage point just near Elsa Court.

Looking south along Main Road from just north of Elsa Court, Eltham, February 1968 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

We can see the shops in the distance and a few cars on the road and on the left hand side are three houses. They are gone now of course and in their place are the Eltham Mind & Body Clinic and Maroush Restaurant. We are not sure who occupied them in 1968 but if we jump back another 30 years to circa 1937 we see the same three houses.

Main Road, Eltham looking south from north of Diamond Street, c.1937 showing sheep being driven down the road towards the station. the houses on left were owned by (from left), Lowerson family, Mowatt family and Mrs Pratt (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

In the 1930s these three houses were the homes (from left) of the Lowerson family, Mowatt family and Mrs. Pratt. At a casual glance it does not look that much different from 1968; progress moved at a slower pace back then as you can well see by the sheep being driven along Main Road. Imagine coming across that scene today!

Looking south along Main Road from just north of Elsa Court, Eltham, c.Nov. 1991. Note the signs for the upcoming Eltham Festival held 8-11 November (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).
Looking south along Main Road from just north of Elsa Court, Eltham, Sept. 2016 (Google Street View).

ThrowbackThursday: E.Gadd’s – Prohibition?

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back 87 years to March 1930, Main Road, Eltham where Edward Gadd runs his Blacksmith and Coachbuilding operations. They were located roughly where the gardens in front of the Eltham Community and Reception Centre is situated today.

Edward Gadd (with hammer) and Harold Norman of Research outside the Blacksmith shop on Main Road near Pitt Street, c.March 1930. Note all the schoolboys with them, one of whom may be a young Jock Read. (Photo from the Collection of Eltham District Historical Society; donated by Mr Velkamp)

Edward Gadd who was a native of England operated his blacksmith business in Eltham for about 17 years (1920-1937) and had a high reputation in the community for the quality of his work. He lived in Research and was actively involved with the Research Hall having been largely instrumental in its establishment. Gadd always wore leggings and played the violin at local dances. Accompanying him would be Sam Howard who played banjo and Mrs Read (Jock’s mother) who played piano by ear. He  died of pneumonia on July 22nd, 1937, leaving behind a wife and three sons, one whom was in Albury and the other two in America. (1).

The poster on the wall of the business is promoting a campaign to protect vineyards by voting No against Prohibition. This would date the photo to c.March 1930 when a vote was being held by the Victorian government to introduce Prohibition. Vineyard growers were opposed to Prohibition due to the ramifications it would have upon the wider industry for dried fruits and table grapes, etc. It was also perceived as being seen to be in direct conflict with the Commonwealth government’s actions to place former WW1 soldiers into vineyards through the WW1 Soldiers Settlements program given the potential of Prohibition to ruin them finacially. (2)

Following Gadd’s death, the blacksmith business was promptly purchased by Mr P. Sloan of Warrandyte who intended to commence operations on Monday August 2nd, 1937, opening on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or more frequently if demand warranted. (3)

Lowering of the time capsule – In November 1985 a monument was installed near the corner of Main Road and Pitt Street in Eltham, within the gardens at the front of what is now the Eltham Community and Reception Centre. This monument commemorates Victoria’s 150th anniversary and the former location of the Eltham Town Centre, which existed along this section of Main Road, then known as Maria Street. Beneath the site is a time capsule to be opened in the year 2035. A plaque was also erected at this site in October 1987 to commemorate the Shire of Eltham Historical Society’s 20th anniversary. (Photo: From the Collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

The blacksmith shop is memorialised today with a monument and time capsule installed to commemorate Victoria’s 150th anniversary and the former location of the Eltham Town Centre. The main feature of the monument is a ‘tyring disc’; a blacksmith’s implement that was found on this site. This consists of a large iron disc that was used as a platform for fitting iron tyres (like the one shown on top of the platform) to wooden spoked cart wheels. The local blacksmith and wheelwright worked together to assemble the wheel, which was clamped to the platform placed close to the fire. The red hot iron hoop, previously forged to the correct size was lifted with tongs by the blacksmith over the outside of the rim, then hammered down amid flames from the scorching timber. The wheelwright drenched the tyre with cold water as soon as it was in position. A clamp placed on the naff (hub) and screwed down tightly kept the spokes at a constant angle as the tyre cooled. An even pressure from the contracting tyre tightened the joints at each end of the spokes and formed a vice-like grip, which would last for the life of the wheel.

References:
  1. 1937 ‘Death of Mr. Edward Gadd.’, Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic. : 1922 – 1939), 23 July, p. 1. , viewed 12 Oct 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56845399
  2. 1930 ‘HOW VINE GROWERS WOULD BE PENALISED’, Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic. : 1922 – 1939), 28 March, p. 4. (AFTERNOON), viewed 12 Oct 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57762063
  3. 1937 ‘ELTHAM’, Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic. : 1922 – 1939), 30 July, p. 3. , viewed 12 Oct 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56845449

 

 

ThrowbackThursday: Kids of Rock, Eltham Barrel, 1989

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to the intersection of Kalbar Road and Main Road, Eltham, circa April-May 1989. We recently digitised some negatives covering Main Road from Beard Street to Kalbar Road. The roll of film included the new Food Plus at the corner of Beard and Main (previously featured as the Eltham East Service Centre) and the newly built shops opposite the Food Plus. And closer to Kalbar Road was the new Eltham Gateway Motel and Conference Centre under construction. At Kalbar Road is Eltham Garden Nursery, now a 7-Eleven and car wash and next door Eltham Garden Supplies, now Webster Farm and Garden. But what really excited us was the discovery of a never before seen photo of the Eltham Barrel as viewed from Main Road and an advertisement for the upcoming entertainment on May 12 (presumably 1989); a Joke Night featuring Shane Bourne as well as the Kids of Rock with Brian Cadd and Max Merritt. The Barrel had been purchased by former Sydney Swans footballer Mr Paul Morwood and his wife Linda in December 1988 and by all reports, business was improving. Unfortunately it was burnt down by an arsonist on the evening of June 4th, 1989 so the Kids of Rock may well have been one of the last entertainments put on at the Barrel. The loss of the Barrel certainly led to a change in the built landscape at Kalbar and Main.

View to the Eltham Barrel from Main Road looking up Kalbar Road, c.Apr-May 1989. Note advertising for Kids of Rock concert with Brian Cadd and Max Merritt and Joke Night with Shane Bourne at the Barrel on May 12. The Eltham Barrel was destroyed by fire on the evening of Sunday, June 4th, 1989. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
The Garden Nursery at 1419 Main Road, Eltham at the corner of Kalbar Road, c.Apr-May 1989. Now a 7-Eleven and car wash. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
The Garden Nursery at 1419 Main Road, Eltham at the corner of Kalbar Road, c.Apr-May 1989. Now a 7-Eleven and car wash. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
Eltham Garden Supplies, 1431 Main Road, Eltham, c.Apr-May 1989. Now Webster Farm and Garden. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)

Do you remember the Eltham Garden Nursery? Did you landscape your new home with plants from there? Did you get your landscaping supplies from next door? And did you go see Shane Bourne, Brian Cadd and Max Merritt at the Barrel? What was it like? The sign is clipped so we don’t know who was performing with Shane Bourne, but if you went and remember, we’d love to hear your stories.

Looking north along Main Road towards the intersection with Kalbar Road, Eltham (Google Street View Jan. 2010)
Looking north along Main Road towards the intersection with Kalbar Road, Eltham (Google Street View Sept. 2016)

ThrowbackThursday: Main Road Between Henry & York Streets, 1968-72

#ThrowbackThursday – It’s school holidays and the traffic has eased somewhat but do you remember a time when it was pretty good all the time? Today we time travel back almost 50 years to revisit Main Road between Henry and York streets. Progress had arrived at little Eltham and the planners had put in place plans to ease traffic concerns with the duplication of Main Road from Bridge Street to Elsa Court commencing in 1968.

This small selection captures some of the scenes after duplication (c.1972) between York and Henry Streets. On the east side is A.R. Warren Fuel Merchant and the Grain and Feed store on the corner with York Street, now @LePineFunerals and on the southeast corner of York Street is the old Bakery. Looking north on the west side in the distance we can see the former Shire of Eltham offices and that too underwent significant change in this period with the addition of a southern wing that housed Eltham Library and the Shire Engineers in 1971. And in the foreground is what would become Alistair Knox Park.

What else can you see in this time-capsule? What memories do they stir up within you?

Road construction equipment used in the widening and lane duplication of Main Road looking north from near York Street, the old Shire offices visible in the distance on left, c.1968. (Photographer: Hugh Fisher. From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Completing the south wing of Eltham Shire Offices for Library and Planning Departments, 1971. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Main Road looking from near Bridge street with D. Lyons house on right and the old Shire offices on the left in the distance. On other side of house was the location of Lyon’s original garage, c.1972. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Main Road looking south towards Bridge Street with A. Warren wood yard and the Grain and Stock Feed store on left, c.1972. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
A.R. Warren (Fuel Merchant) house; present day location of Le Pine Funeral Home, c.1972. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Looking across A.R. Warren (Fuel Merchant) house from the Grain store at Main Road and the parkland opposite which today are Le Pine Funerals and Alistair Knox Park, c.1972. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Old Bakery and house at the corner of York Street and Main Road, c.1972. (Photographer: Hugh Fisher. From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

ThrowbackThursday: Hurstbridge Shops, c.1989

#ThrowbackThursday – In continuing with our shopping theme from last week, today we time travel back approximately 30 years to the late 1980s and revisit some of the shops along the Heidelberg-Kinglake Road in Hurstbridge. Some have gone, some have changed and some have remained. Those that are featured in these images are  the Coin Laundry (replaced now by the popular Wild Wombat Cafe), Corrigan’s Newsagency, Ian McCubbin and Associates (Solicitors), Jowett Real Estate, Naomi’s Nook, Stoneground Bake House, and the Take away food store.

What are your memories of these times and shops? Any popular hang-outs? Who is still there and who do wish still was?

Take Away Food, Coin Laundry and Solicitors, cnr of Heidelberg-Kinglake Road and Parker Road, c.1989. Present day site of Wild Wombat Cafe (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Wild Wombat Cafe (Google Street View Sep 2016)
Take Away Food shop, cnr of Heidelberg-Kinglake Road and Parker Road, c.1989. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Naomi’s Nook just behind the Take Away Food shop, cnr of Heidelberg-Kinglake Road and Parker Road, c.1989. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Jowett Real Estate, Corrigan’s Newsagency and the Stoneground Bakehouse, Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, c.1989 (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Newsagency and Stoneground Bakehouse (Google Street View Sep 2016)
Jowett Real Estate, Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, c.1989 (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)