Walter Withers in Eltham

The next meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society will be Wednesday 14th June 8.00pm at the Eltham Senior Citizens Centre. Guest speaker will be Andrew Mackenzie OAM, Art Historian, Lecturer, Heritage Consultant, Archivist and Author of many books including the life of Walter Withers (1854-1914).  At this meeting Andrew will talk about Walter Withers…
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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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Laughing Waters Road

Jane Woollard will be the guest speaker for Eltham District Historical Society's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13th April at 8.00pm. She will talk about her recently released book: Laughing Waters Road.  This book has recently been added to the local history collection at Eltham Library. Jane who was the local history officer at the Shire…
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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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Little Eltham

For well over half a century following European settlement, the Eltham district was very much a farming community. The small village that grew up in Holloway’s “Little Eltham” subdivision serviced the local farmers and even within the village much of the land was used as small farms. It was not until the 1910s and 20s…
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