#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to the centenary celebrations for the former Shire of Eltham and the parade held on April 10, 1971 as it progresses along Main Road. There is an enormous amount of detail captured in this image, some of it long gone, some still there and some just beginning. Look for the construction works on the Eltham Village Shopping Centre, site of the former Shire Offices at the corner at Main Road and Arthur Street.
Saturday, 6th May, 2017 at 2.00pm
In the early days of our Society our excursions were usually bus trips to places of historic interest away from Eltham. For nearly 20 years our excursions have been far more local, mainly comprising walks around many parts of the Eltham district. The first such walk was a leisurely stroll through the Eltham South area.
Although that walk has been repeated several times with some variations it is considered appropriate in this our 50th year to again take a ramble visiting historic sites in Eltham South. On the way we will pass such places as White Cloud Cottage, the old buildings of Eltham Primary School, teacher David Clark’s cottage “Shoestring” and artist Percy Leason’s house “Landscape”. We will walk through the historic Eltham Cemetery and Wingrove Park, a site of Aboriginal significance.
This walk on Saturday 6th May 2017 is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the Eltham Local History Centre 728 Main Road (Melway ref 21J7). Our early walks finished with a cuppa and biscuit and we will reinstate that feature for this walk.
This free walk is open to the general public as well as Society members. Dogs are not permitted on Society excursions. The phone number for contact on the day is 0409 021 063.
Photos of Percy Leason’s Residence Studio “Landscape” by David Bick from the Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992.
Source: RESIDENCE AND REAR CONCRETE STUDIO – “LANDSCAPE”, 60 LAVENDER PARK RD – See more at: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/63480
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 email@example.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.
The 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.
Since 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.
Eltham District Historical Society Meeting
8th February at 8pm
Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre, Library Place, Eltham
The format for this meeting will be a local history trivia quiz based on pictures from the Society’s collection or present day pictures taken especially for this quiz.
As we commence our 50th Anniversary year the focus will be on Society achievements and activities, but perhaps with some othericky questions to confuse participants. An early significant achievement was participation in the collection of historical photographs for “Pioneers and Painters” now known as the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection, so of course some questions will be based on photos from that collection.
Participants can work individually or in teams of up to four people. Forms will be provided setting out the questions with space for written answers. There will be a prize for the winner or winning team. Quizmaster will be Russell Yeoman.
This light-hearted meeting will be held at 8 pm on Wednesday 8th February in the Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre, Library Place Eltham. All members and visitors are welcome to attend.
As at all of our meetings, new members and visitors are most welcome.
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.
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.
Do you remember the Eltham Barrel?
Well you can now you have the chance to own your own original permanent souvenir of the Eltham Barrel thanks to a donation from one of our Society’s members.
Come along to the Eltham Rotary Festival in Alistair Knox Park, Main Road, Eltham this coming Sunday (13th November 2016) and say hi to us.
The Eltham District Historical Society will have for sale a limited number of these trays depicting the Eltham Barrel in its heyday.
Be quick though if you want to own a rare souvenir of the iconic Eltham Barrel !
‘Dinner at the Eltham Barrel was a big treat back in the 70s’