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Touchstone – keeping in contact; No. 4, June 26

No.4 – 26th June 2020

  • Recently we promoted some work via our Website and Facebook page that the collections team had done digitising some old audio tapes in the collection. Now we need to listen to them and provide improved information and keywords. If anyone would like to help out with this project, please get in touch, and we can arrange for you to access a recording.
  • EDHS has been involved in the consultation for the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park Master Plan. Brand statement and site history documents have been updated.
  • Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet. An article on Eltham District Historical Society was recently published.
  • A favourite resource for local and family historians and just the curious, Trove brings together a vast range of collections from almost 1,000 cultural, community and research organisations all over Australia. It includes specific content that cannot be easily found via a typical search engine. Trove has re-launched with a refreshed logo, colour, overall design and new features.
  • Eltham Library (and six other YPRL branches) is open from 30 June with restrictions in place.
  • Local historian and former EDHS member Bruce Draper passed away recently. His daughter has curated Up The Creek, a collection of his articles about the pioneers, people and local history of Arthurs Creek and surrounding districts.
  • Australia Post wants to mark this moment in our nation’ s history. They are inviting Australians to write a letter to share our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic with their Dear Australia Project. Record your impressions of this remarkable time. Please send EDHS a copy too!
  • A picture tells A thousand words is the inspiration for this new online exhibition from NSW State Archives and Sydney Living Museums.
  • The Royal Historical Society of Victoria has responded to recent events with official statements:
  • Our Little Eltham Street Library remains open and proving to be very popular, with a broad selection of titles on offer. So if you are out walking, please drop in at the Local History Centre at 728 Main Road, Eltham. . . . Take a book – leave a book – share a book !

Stay safe.
Jim Connor
on behalf of the committee of the Eltham District Historical Society

Touchstone – keeping in contact

Greetings to all from Eltham District Historical Society; from our homes to your homes.

As an initiative to keep in touch with our members during the COVID-19 State of Emergency Stage 3 lock-down, our committee initiated a one-page information sheet to be sent approximately every two weeks to our members.

As part of documenting our own history and in the interests of sharing with all in the community, we are now going to make these Touchstone newsletters accessible via our web site, along with our regular Newsletter.

The following is a reproduction of Touchstone No. 1 and this issue and an archive of subsequent issues may be accessed from the Main Menu at the top of each page.


No.1 – 9th April 2020

We send our best wishes to all our members.

Until we are able to see you again for our Society Meetings and Heritage Excursions, we hope all our members are well and staying safe, during these times of enforced isolation.

EDHS will continue to connect with you, distribute our newsletters and email any other information of interest. There are also other ways you can still stay connected with our local history.

You can visit:

• Our Victorian Collection pages at:

Here you can explore over 10,000 catalogued items, the majority of which are images, there due to the activities of our dedicated Collections Team who continue to work behind the scenes.

• You can visit our website at:

Here you can read various stories and also catch up on past newsletters.

• You can visit our Facebook pages at:

Here you can explore a range of local history stories and information, including Throwback Thursday and On This Day features.

• You can visit the Wikinorthia website at:

Here you can see an extensive range of local history stories about the northern suburbs.

During this down time perhaps consider writing your memories and stories of living and working in Eltham and District for our archives. See the attached as a guide.

You could go through your photos and share your memories with family members. Consider donating archives, including photos relating to Eltham and District to EDHS. We can also arrange to digitise these.

So, while we cannot be with you in person, at this time, you are in our thoughts.

Please take care, we hope you are able to stay safe.

Jim Connor
President, on behalf of the committee of the Eltham District Historical Society