Category Archives: MysteryMonday

MysteryMonday: Route 9, Kangaroo Ground, c.1990

Frame No. 0 – EDHS_03179; Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips
Kodak GA100 5095
(From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

#MysteryMonday – Today’s images are five sequential frames from a roll of colour negative film. We are fairly certain that they are all of Route 9 through the old Shire of Eltham; pretty much because frame No. 3 shows the blue route sign. This suggests they are either of the Kangaroo Ground-Yarra Glen Road or the Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road. Again we feel that they are probably all around Kangaroo Ground.

Our collections team is keen to geo-tag as many images as we can in our collection. So, today’s MysteryMonday challenge is to identify the exact GPS coordinates for each of the five frames using whatever resources you have available. You may happen to know exactly where each of the pictures are taken. Road signage clues are always helpful; for instance, frame No. 1 warns of horse float crossings ahead. Or you may want to take a drive using Google Street View. Then again it is such a beautiful day, you may want to take a real drive and capture an up to date picture as well.

Frame No. 1 – EDHS_03179; Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips
Kodak GA100 5095
(From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

In frames No. 0 and No. 1 there appears to be a small stone building not far from the road, visible near the horse warning signage.

Frame No. 2 – EDHS_03179; Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips
Kodak GA100 5095
(From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Frame No. 3 – EDHS_03179; Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips
Kodak GA100 5095
(From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Frame No. 4 – EDHS_03179; Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips
Kodak GA100 5095
(From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

Can you identify these? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where they are and help us catalogue these images.

Over to you . . .

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MysteryMonday: Walsh Street, Eltham, c.1989

SOLVED: Near 5 Walsh Street, Eltham; looking east up Walsh Street from near Bolton Street

New speed calming measures, somewhere in the Shire of Eltham, c.1989 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

#MysteryMonday – Today’s image is again of a residential area; once again featuring the new speed calming devices introduced by the Shire of Eltham, circa 1989. These residential roadscapes can sometimes be the hardest to solve unless you are familiar with the road. Given the level of success achieved so far, only two MysteryMonday posts remain unsolved since we started, we think this is a great way to assist us reducing our catalogue backlog.

Can you identify it? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is and help us catalogue this image.

Over to you . . .

New speed calming measures, somewhere in the Shire of Eltham, c.1989 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

MysteryMonday: Airlie Road, Montmorency, c.1989

SOLVED – Looking east along Airlie Road, Montmorency near No. 51.

New speed hump installation, Shire of Eltham, c.1989 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

#MysteryMonday – Today’s image is again of a residential area; you are all so good in solving these more innocuous ones. It is a great help to us as we just keep putting off cataloguing them until we can positively identify the location. And again, it’s one of those that you either know it or not but everyone will know somewhere that looks like it, which is what can make it difficult. There are no signage clues other than the brand new speed hump signs in the immediate foreground and in the distance at the hard right hand bend. The Shire of Eltham took a number of photographs of new speed hump installations and new kerb and channeling throughout the Shire, circa 1989. Which probably explains why we have so many. Not so interesting at the time but as the development march continues, they become more valuable as a keepsake of what we once had.

Can you identify it? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is and help us catalogue this image.

Over to you . . .

New speed hump installation, Shire of Eltham, c.1989 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society).

MysteryMonday: Sherbourne Road and Rattray Road, Montmorency, c.July 1991

 SOLVED – Rattray Road access from Sherbourne Road, Montmorency opposite the 7-Eleven and Eltham Fort Knox

(Eltham Shire Council depot back then and prior to that the former Fayrefield Hat Factory) heading towards Greensborough, prior to the roundabout.

#MysteryMonday – Today’s image is again of a residential area, possibly off a Main Road. It’s one of those that you either know it or not. There are no signage clues other than the landscaped streetscape and acute intersection. The street running off appears to be one way (at least with access from the Main Road) and that access street leads to another intersection with a Stop sign. Assuming the photo is taken from mid morning to mid afternoon, the Main Road could be running in a northeast through to northwest direction in the visible direction of travel with the access road veering off in a north to west direction.

Can you identify it? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is and help us catalogue this image.

Over to you . . .

MysteryMonday: Lower Plenty Road at Watsonia Drain, Viewbank, c.1965

MYSTERY SOLVED – looking eastwards across the Watsonia Drain and along Lower Plenty Road at a point just opposite Bannockburn Road (on the right, out of view). The main direction of sight is looking down the new alignment for Lower Plenty Road where a bulldozer is clearing for its construction towards the new Lower Plenty Bridge.

#MysteryMonday – Today’s image is of a rural highway scene, most likely within the former Shire of Eltham. It has been digitised from a single frame of medium format 6 x 6 negative so no surrounding images to help identify or date. But it is believed to be mid 1960s. The scene depicts a rural highway sweeping around to the right as it crosses a creek running from left to right.

Possibly a scene around Lower Plenty, Shire of Eltham, c.1965 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

There is a house in the upper centre of the image and just behind the house to the upper left can be seen a high voltage transmission tower. In those days, the only transmission lines in the shire were running through the Lower Plenty district. The transmission lines running north through Research and northwest were yet to be constructed so that should assist in identification.

Can you solve the mystery and help us to catalogue this image?

Over to you . . .

MysteryMonday: Dunstan Drive, Hurstbridge, c.1992

UPDATE: Dunstan Drive, Hurstbridge, Milton Way on left and Carlysle Close on right

 

Looking southwest along Dunstan Drive, Hurstbridge, c.1992. Milton Way on the left and Carlysle Close on the right at the bend. Dunstan Reserve on right. (Photo: Unknown; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

#MysteryMonday – Today’s images are again of a residential area, in the Eltham District, circa 1992. The street has a very similar feel to Valonia Drive, Eltham but it is not. The street appears to be running along a slight valley (like Valonia Drive). All the images are taken from the same vantage point. The street curves around to the left and there is a street running off to the left at the beginning of the curve and another to the right at the apex to the curve just past the chicane with the VW Beetle parked on it. Of course this could the entrance to the street  from another one sweeping around from the right to the right.

Looking southwest along Dunstan Drive, Hurstbridge, c.1992. Milton Way on the left and Carlysle Close on the right at the bend. Dunstan Reserve on right. (Photo: Unknown; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

The first two almost identical images have been presented as they provide an overall view but also the street sign for the street on the left does provide a partial clue. In the first image it appears to be ending in “LTON” and could be Way or Mews or Ave. In the second image it could be “SLTON” or “SLION”.  A search of street names for Eltham, Eltham North, Research, Montmorency, Lower Plenty and Briar Hill for a street ending in these combinations has left us stumped for the moment. Perhaps in the past 25 years there has been a name change.

Looking southwest along Dunstan Drive, Hurstbridge, c.1992. Milton Way on the left and Carlysle Close on the right at the bend. Dunstan Reserve on right. (Photo: Unknown; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

This image has been provided as someone may recognise the little girl’s school uniform, which may help identify the locality. It looks similar to that of Eltham College; essentially a Eucalyptus green with white collar and sleeve ends.

Looking southwest along Dunstan Drive, Hurstbridge, c.1992. Milton Way on the left and Carlysle Close on the right at the bend. Dunstan Reserve on right. (Photo: Unknown; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

And this image has been provided as it gives a bit more perspective of the possible reserve to the photographer’s right and shows the house on the immediate front right slightly more.

Do these street views strike a chord with you, perhaps you even know someone who may live there. Perhaps the house is yours. Can you identify it? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is.

Over to you . . .

MysteryMonday: Damaged Building, c.1965

#MysteryMonday – Today’s mystery images are from a strip of 120 format 6×6 negatives, possibly the same roll of film as last Monday’s mystery, which turned out to be Mountainview Road, Briar Hill circa early to mid 1960s. So the date of these images could be a similar time frame.  They appear to be of damage incurred to a carport attached to a house where the subsoil has collapsed or washed away. Presumably it was of some relevance to Council as it is believed that this film originated from the Shire of Eltham Engineering department.

This looks like it could be a rear view of the carport, which has possibly been made with re-used materials; an old sign. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Possibly the front view of the carport, showing how the the embankment has collapsed taking the wall with it. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Another view from inside the carport showing the sub-soil collapse. Note the fabulous old Victa lawn mower. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

Can you identify it? Any theories you’d care to share? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is, and what the circumstances may be.

Over to you . . .