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ThrowbackThursday: Arbor Day, Eltham Town Park, 1973

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to October 10, 1973 and the location bounded by Main Road and Bridge Street, Eltham. It is Arbor Day and the school children of the Shire of Eltham are planting native trees in the newly created Eltham Town Park. This event had previously been planned to take place during the visit of Sir Rohan Delacombe to the Shire on 19th September, 1973 but was cancelled that day due to the inclement weather.

The following are four images from our collection of 24 images from that day and we invite you to review all 24 in our catalogue on @victoriancollections. In these you will see the areas allocated for Montmorency Primary School and Panton Hill Primary School. The lake in the park is still under construction.

Were you part of this Arbor Day event? Do you recognise yourself or friends in the photos? A number of teachers also feature. We would really appreciate any comments you can offer that would help identify people and other memories. Comments can easily be left against each image in our catalogue record on Victorian Collections.

ELTHAM – ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973.
Alistair Knox with school children of the Shire of Eltham, Vic, planting native trees in the Town Park, 10 October 1973
(Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection, No. 783 held jointly by Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library)
ELTHAM – ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973.
School children of the Shire of Eltham planting trees in Eltham Town Park, later to be renamed Alistair Knox Park. Looking west along Bridge Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
ELTHAM – ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973.
School children of the Shire of Eltham planting trees in Eltham Town Park, later to be renamed Alistair Knox Park. Looking north along Main Road; the Eltham Shire Office visible in distance. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
ELTHAM – ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973.
School children of the Shire of Eltham planting trees in Eltham Town Park, later to be renamed Alistair Knox Park. Looking south towards Bridge Street. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society.)
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ThrowbackThursday: Icons of Eltham, Main Road, Eltham, c.1967

A view of part of the original Shillinglaw farm acreage, c.1967. Shows the trestle bridge to the left, Eltham Tip in centre and the Eltham Shire Office prior to extensions and Shillinglaw Cottage (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to circa 1966-1967 and Main Road, Eltham, just north of Bridge Street where we cast our eyes northwest across the fields that in a few years time will be developed into the Eltham Town Park and later Alistair Knox Park. In the distance, to the right, we see the recently relocated Shillinglaw Cottage and further on, the new Eltham Shire Offices, which were opened in 1965. In front of Shillinglaw Cottage is what will be developed into Eltham Common, later the site for the new Eltham Library in 1994 but presently still dominated by the Eltham Tip. To the left and behind the tip we see the iconic Eltham Railway Trestle Bridge and beyond that, Eltham Central Park and what appears to be part of the Football Club pavillion or is it part of the former Eltham Swimming Pool?

Everything we see is on what was once part of the original Shillinglaw farm which covered some 30 acres bordered by Main Road, Bridge Street, the Diamond Creek and Diamond Street.