PD James

The crime novelist PD James, who wrote more than 20 books died peacefully at home in Oxford this week - she was aged 94. The author's books, many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh have sold millions of books around the world and have been adapted for television and film numerous times. You can read an obituary…
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“Clarivue” Ivanhoe RSL

Clarivue, which now houses the Ivanhoe RSL at 3- 5 Studley Road Ivanhoe was built for Fitzroy timber merchant Wallace Stone by builder John W. Brown in 1913-14. It was sold to Robert A. Tregowan of Ramsay & Tregowan (oil & grease merchants) in 1936.   If you have information about this building please contact…
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Westgarthtown

Westgarthtown is recognised as being of national and state-wide significance for its representation of German migration to Victoria. It is historically significant in relation to early German settlement in Australia and the early development of the suburb of Thomastown. It is also of architectural significance for local use of bluestone, exemplary 1850s architecture and the…
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They’re racing at Eltham

Did you know that John Wren, proprietor of the notorious Collingwood Tote in the early 1900s, once seriously proposed to establish a racecourse at Eltham that he claimed would rival famous Flemington ?  Early horse racing took place at Eltham Lower Park in Main Road, Eltham.   Source: Eltham District Historical Society     …
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Shillinglaw Farm

The Shillinglaw farm comprised lot 90 of Holloway’s 1851 Little Eltham subdivision. It was originally 30 acres in area and situated east of the Diamond Creek and north of Henry Street. Before Phillip Shillinglaw purchased the property in the 1870s the eastern part had been acquired by the Colonial Government to establish the main road…
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Cultural centre at Farm Viganò

The Community and Cultural centre  at Farm Vigano, South Morang was opened in September 2011 and was made possible with a $2.45 million grant from the Australian Government.   Farm Viganò, with its orchard, extensive grounds and native wildlife, has been identified as a site of major significance to Victoria’s Italian heritage.  City of Whittlesea Mayor Cr Rex…
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Eltham Lower Park Walk

Eltham Lower Park has played an important part in the history of the Eltham area since the early days of European settlement when it was used by local residents as an informal racecourse.  Prior to that its location at the junction of the Diamond Creek and the Yarra River made it an important meeting place…
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Killeavey, Eltham

"Killeavey”, Eltham  was once the home of Sir William Irvine, Victorian and Federal Parliamentarian and Supreme Court Judge. Later it was the home of his daughter Beatrice Morrison, a significant personality in the Eltham community. The original house was destroyed by fire and its replacement has been demolished by Parks Victoria. The site sits high above…
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Mill Park Library

Mill Park Library is a highly visible landmark, right in the heart of the Plenty growth corridor. It was designed by prominent Melbourne architects Oaten Stanistreet, and built at a cost of $8 million.  The design was visually stunning, and 10 years later it is still eye-catching.  The building’s tinted glass, curved roof, columns and unique shape…
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