Thompsons Pharmacy Eltham

Shortly after the First World War Ivan Thompson, a pharmacist in Fairfield, expanded into the Diamond Valley by opening pharmacies in Etham, Greensborough and Watsonia. In the early 1950s Norm Williams considered he was fortuante to be able to serve an apprenticehip with Ivan Thompson at his Eltham pharmacy.  He was with the business when…
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Hospital history

The Preston and Community Hospital, known as PANCH opened in Preston in 1960. In 1998 the Hospital closed and services were transferred to the new Northern Hospital in Epping. The meticulous creation of this paddle boat was by a patient of the former Preston and Northcote Community Hospital sometime between 1963 and 1993. The artistic…
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Eltham Memorials Walk

Over the the past two years the Eltham District Historical Society along with other similar  organizations has participated in the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Their next heritage excursion on Saturday 7th May is a further event in that commemoration. Within the local area many memorials, honour boards and the like were installed after that…
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Local History Book launch – A History of St Margaret’s Church Eltham Vol 3

A History of Saint Margaret’s Church Eltham Volume 3 – The Post-War Years 1945 to 2015  by Dr. Geoffrey A. Sandy will be launched on Sunday 22 May at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. The book will be launched by historian, Dr Andrew Lemon and Jim Connor President of the Eltham District Historical Society with Professor Dr Harry…
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Westgarthtown and World War One

Friends of Westgarthtown recently launched their documentary “Westgarthtown and World War One”. This documentary juxtaposes the treatment of citizens of German descent living in Westgarthtown with the experiences of their relatives who were fighting and dying for Australia during World War One. Almost 70 descendants of the German settlers of Westgarthtown fought on all battlefronts…
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