The Royal Historical Society of Victoria

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria was formed in 1909 and is a community organisation committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. With the support of a large number of volunteers, the RHSV provides a full program of activities (eg lectures, seminars, excursions and exhibitions) for the benefit of members and the general public. The Society publishes a monthly newsletter, a reviewed journal and books of historical interest. The RHSV website includes its Victorian Local History Database. This includes some records held by the Eltham District Historical Society. (Place VELTH in the Society Search box)

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. PROV hold records from the beginnings of the colonial administration of Victoria in the mid-1830s to today.

Association of Eastern Historical Societies

Established in 1966, the Association of Eastern Historical Societies (AEHS) is a network of 16 historical societies in the region east of Melbourne. As well as holding meetings and an annual conference AEHS provides information on current practice for preserving and promoting local history and is a valuable network for members.

Shire of Nillumbik Historical Societies

There are nine historical societies and organisations in the Shire of Nillumbik which celebrate the history of individual townships and districts. These volunteer organisations play an important role in preserving the unique heritage of the Shire.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Local history collections for the Shire of Nillumbik are located at Eltham and Diamond Valley libraries. A growing collection of historical images including the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection can be accessed via the library website. The library offers regular information sessions and guest speakers on topics of interest, especially in October for Local History Month and August for Family History month.


Documenting life in Melbourne’s north both past and present. Everyone is invited to contribute local stories and photos. Search for your local place.

Picture Victoria

PictureVictoria is a Victorian Local History Project, funded from Arts Victoria, through the Statewide Public Library Development Grants. This project aims to increase the accessibility of the local history collections held by Victorian public libraries, in particular through the development of a digitisation strategy. Yarra Plenty Regional Library in partnership with the Eltham District Historical Society have contributed to this with photos from the Eltham Digitisation Project accessible here.

Historical Society Websites across Victoria

There are over 100 websites for historical societies listed here on the Heidelberg Historical Society’s website


In early 2007 the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program was launched.  The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with Australian State and Territory libraries, began a program to digitise Australian newspapers for access and preservation purposes. By May 2009 Trove had been launched as a resource for information about Australians for Australians. It includes digitised newspapers from 1803-1954, The Australian Women’s Weekly to 1982, journals, articles and datasets, books, pictures, photos, objects, music sound and video,  maps, diaries, letters and archives, archived websites, people and organisations and lists.

General Sites also of interest

Victorian Heritage Database

Australian Heritage Database

Register of the National Estate

National Trust

State Library of Victoria

Victoria Government Gazette online archive 1836 – 1997

The Eltham Society United Kingdom

The motto of the Eltham Society, which was founded in 1965, is Preserving the past, Conserving the present, Protecting the future and it keeps a watching brief on the physical environment of Eltham and considers ways in which it might be improved. Eltham is approximately 10 miles south-east of London and the southernmost town in the Greenwich Borough. While Eltham has grown into an urban town it still retains many open green spaces and therefore sits happily between town and country.

Eltham and Districts Historical Society New Zealand

The Eltham and Districts Historical Society was formed in 1972 and is located in Taranaki, New Zealand.


Beginning your Family History – Advice from the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Web sites for genealogists by Cora Num An Australian Gateway for tracing your family history

Cyndi’s list of genealogy sites on the internet A good starting point online for genealogists

4 thoughts on “Links”

  1. Although called Pecks Dam this dam was never a farm dam. It was built to supply market gardens on flats surrounde by Bolton, Brougham and Susan Street. Water was piped down to the gardens.

    The dam dried out during the recent long drought, probably for the first time in its history. The devolpment of houses on the higher ground above the dam had reduced runoff. Most of the water going into the storm water system. Water levels have now been restored somewhat since Banyule Council diverted water from the storm water drains into the dam.


  2. Being a local to Eltham for 25 years it’s great to find an online resource that paints our rich history within the Nillumbik shire.

    I’ve learned a lot about just how much it’s changed!


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