Tour of Main Road Eltham 1968

Eltham District Historical Society welcome members and visitors to the first meeting of the year on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 8:00 pm at the Eltham Senior Citizen’s Centre.  The meeting will introduce Historypin. 50 years ago, in February 1968. Big changes to the Eltham township were afoot with the pending duplication of Main Road. A series of approximately…
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The Corner Store

The Corner Store is becoming a thing of the past, but memories from residents of Eltham will be invoked with a painting recently hung at Eltham Library.  The Corner Store by Ted Dalton was painted in oil about 1980 and has been identified as  the view of the old Burgoyne store looking south-east across Main…
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Eltham on Display

Visit the Eltham District Historical Society exhibition at Eltham Library during June. The exhibition includes a photograph collection from the former Shire of Eltham from the 1980's illustrating people and places, including these lovely ladies enjoying a bite in the sunshine. If you were involved in this photographic project, recognise any of the people photographed…
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Nillumbik Memorials

The Hurstbridge Memorial Park interpretative signage was launched this week by Mr Andrew Giles MP, Federal Member for Scullin with Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor, Cr. Helen Coleman. The Hurstbridge Avenue of Honour plaque was also dedicated to local soldiers by Cr. Coleman. Local students from the Hurstbridge Learning co-operative and Hurstbridge Primary School read 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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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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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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Edendale Farm

The area known for many years as Edendale Farm at Eltham was purchased from the Crown in 1852 by pioneer Eltham farmer Henry Stooke. He initially purchased 51 acres and later expanded his holdings by purchasing another three adjacent Crown allotments. While he worked and cleared the land he did not actually reside on the…
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Eltham Gateway

The Eltham Gateway is the name adopted for the section of Main Road Eltham leading from the roundabout at Fitzsimons Lane to the Eltham town centre.   The name has its origin in a 1987 planning report for Eltham Shire Council that identified this precinct as having special characteristics that warrant special planning protection. The…
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Old signage reveals history

  Local Historians know full well how quickly the urban landscape can change when it comes to shop fronts, land developments and changes in the economy. An old shop sign has come to light on a property in Main Road, Eltham recently.  I suspect the current landlord has removed the former tenants signage to reveal…
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