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ThrowbackThursday: Cnr Susan and Bridge Streets, Eltham, c.1965

#ThrowbackThursday – Today we time travel back to Swan Street, Eltham, circa 1965 where we cast our eyes to the southeast across the railway line and towards the intersection of Susan and Bridge streets.

Looking south from Swan Street, Eltham, c,1965. Train in foreground, Bridge street running parallel to train in background and Brisbane Street obscured by train. Susan Street north of Bridge Street (now Brisbane Street) on left. Vacant block of land is now the site of Bunnings. Presnt day SES building at corner of Susan and Bridge Street can be seen in centre background.
(Photo: ©Russell Yeoman; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

In the immediate centre is a small cream cottage with green roof, number 66 Susan Street, which at that time was owned by the Shire of Eltham but is now the site of the Eltham Skate Park along with the adjoining Alistair Knox Park. In 1965 Susan Street ran all the way north of Bridge Street to the bend where it turned to the left into Brisbane Street. Today that section of Susan Street has been renamed as an extension of Brisbane Street.

On the southeastern side of the intersection we see the the building currently used by the State Emergency Services.

Looking south from Swan Street, Eltham, c,1965. Shows Susan Street, Brisbane Street and Bridge Street. Large open field in centre now site of Bunnings
(Photo: ©Russell Yeoman; from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

On the northwest corner of the intersection, is open land, the site of the future Bunnings store.

What memories to these images bring back to you? What can you share about the development of the area, even memories of riding the train through here? We would love to hear your stories and see any photos you may care to share.

Construction of Bunnings store at cnr of Susan and Bridge streets, Eltham c.2007-2008. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Construction of Bunnings store at cnr of Susan and Bridge streets, Eltham c.2007-2008. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)





What is in a name? Part 2

While travelling along our local streets do you ever wonder why or how these were named? Let us have a look at some.

Josiah Holloway was responsible for the 1851 Little Eltham sub division that now comprises the Town Centre. His wife’s maiden name was Susan Maria Bible and his brother-in-law was Arthur Bible, so this explains the origin of Susan, Bible and Arthur streets in central Eltham. Part of Main Road was also originally known as Maria Street.

Brougham Street in Eltham was named after Henry Brougham, a British statesman who became Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom. Among other things he actively worked to promote the abolition of slavery, helped establish the French resort of Cannes and was also responsible for designing the four-wheeled horse drawn carriage that bears his name. The western section of Brougham Street was named Wellington Street in Holloway’s subdivision, presumably after the Duke of Wellington, but was later changed so that Brougham Street was continuous.

The name of Shalbury Avenue off Beard Street in Eltham is the result of the combination of the names of Jack Shallard and a Mr. Bradbury who subdivided the land in that area. Mr. Bradbury’s family came to Eltham in 1913 and one of his sons (Ron) had a medical practice for many years at the corner of Main Road and Brougham Street, where there is now a restaurant.

 When Mrs. Theo Handfield subdivided land in 1924 to the west of the Diamond Creek in Eltham she named Peter Street and John Street after her two sons. However, the name of John Street was later changed due to possible confusion with the other John Street off Main Road. It then became Fay Street, after Fay Harcourt the wife of the well-known local builder John Harcourt.

 Bells Hill Road at the eastern end of Main Road, Research was once part of Mt Pleasant Road.  It was re-named in the 1990s because it was separated from the main part of that road. Bells Hill is the hill in Main Road rising up from Research to Kangaroo Ground. John Bell of the pioneer Bell family of Kangaroo Ground and Yarra Glen lived at “Violet Bank”, the first of the Kangaroo Ground properties at the top of the hill.

Prepared by Russell Yeoman and Jim Connor from the Eltham District Historical Society