Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nillumbik Historical Society Open Day

Nillumbik Historical Society hold its May Open Day this Sunday, 1 May with special guest speaker Dr Jim Poulter.
2pm – 4pm at Ellis Cottage, Diamond Creek  (off street parking via Memory Lane from Hurstbridge-Main Road, Diamond Creek, opposite Nillumbik Nursery).
Dr Poulter is the author of many books including Little Bloody Jimmy: the ripples of my childhood, Sharing Heritage in Kulin CountryThe Secret of Dreaming and more which will be on sale on the day.
Dr Poulter will speak about Australian grazier, entrepreneur and explorer John Batman.
Afternoon tea will be served.  Enquiries: Maggie Gordon 9717 6672

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Visit of USA Fleet

This photo is part of the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.  American President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, 16 battleships and four destroyers of the United States Navy, all painted white, visited Melbourne (then the federal capital) from Saturday 29 August 1908 until the following Saturday. The Automobile Club of Victoria took 100 officers to Black Spur via Eltham, Kangaroo Ground and Yarra Glen. This photo was taken near Research and illustrates a group of women waving to the cars as they drive by in a cloud of dust.
This photo appears in "Pioneers & Painters" by Alan Marshall. page 86-87, with the caption: Feminine reception near Research for the US Fleet, on their visit to Melbourne in 1908.
The Evelyn Observer reported on September 4, 1908
"In connection with the visit of the American Fleet, the Automobile Club of Victoria will take 100 officers to the Blacks' Spur to-day (Friday). It was originally intended to make the up. trip via Lilydale, returning via Kangroo Ground, but owing to a portion of the road between Lilydale and Yarra Glen being under water, the route may be changed. An Inspector was sent up yesterday morning, and upon his report the committee will decide the route. Should any deviation be made it will be after passing through Surrey Hills, when, upon gaining the White Horse road, a turn to the left will be made until Burke road is reached, then along Burke road, across Bulleen or Doncaster road to Heidelberg, thence via Eltham, Kangaroo Ground, to Yarra Glen, It is intended to start the trip from Melbourne at 8.30 am, and if the deviation is decided upon the cars should pass through Kangaroo Ground about to 10 a.m. but if the original route is stuck to it will be evening before they pass through."
Sources: Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection No 507
Evelyn Observer September 4,1908

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gala Day Panton Hill - 100 years ago

This photo comes from our Shire of Eltham Pioneers Collection and research has perhaps pinpointed the day it was taken.  Easter Sunday - April 23, 1916 - One hundred years ago today.   Our initial information stated: Three horses with cart decorated with passengers for Gala Day. Mr. W. Smith & horse float, passengers include Beatrice and Ruby Cracknell, Lily Harris and Rose Smith - 1916
Searching local historical newspapers in Trove and some lucky guesswork revealed this reference:
The Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record reported on April 28, 1916 on the Red Cross Carnival at Panton Hill.
“The Red Cross Carnival in aid of local Patriotic Funds' held on the Panton Hill Recreation Reserve on Easter Saturday, sand instant, proved a gratifying success, so much so that £70 was netted on the occasion….
The fancy dress procession, although not as lengthy as the previous one for the Belgium Carnival, lost nothing of its effectiveness, and those who helped In this part of the entertainment deserve the very best thanks. The prize for the best decorated vehicle (which was kindly provided by Mr. Wm. Smith) was awarded to Miss Goldman's bevy of young ladies representing the "Allies."
Arbor Day was once a big celebration, especially celebrated in schools usually acknowledged on the last Friday of April.
Wikipedia reports that the first Gala Day was held on November 3, 1916, to raise money for the Red Cross Society at the height of World War I in Geelong.
RED CROSS CARNIVAL AT PANTON HILL. (1916, April 28). Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 - 1917), , p. 3 (MORNING.). Retrieved April 3, 2016, from
Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection 243

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Research Hotel

This photo is part of the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.  Other than a title and information that it was taken before 1920, we knew little of this building.  A discussion at a recent meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society suggested it was located on the current site of the Research Pre-School located at 1555 Main Road, Research on the north side of Ingrams Road and that it was burned down in the 1930s.  A search on the digitised newspapers in Trove subsequently revealed the following:
FIRE AT RESEARCH,  RESEARCH HOTEL DESTROYED Another old hotel in the Eltham district has been destroyed by fire -the hotel at Research. The outbreak occurred on Sunday afternoon last at 3 o'clock, the fire originating in the kitchen through a piece of wood falling from the stove. The Eltham fire brigade was soon on the scene, but as there was no water they could not save the building , which soon disappeared. Miss Jane Seaton was licensee and the property was owned by Mrs. Pretty, of the Recreation Hotel, Clifton Hill. It was insurured for £200 in the Commercial Insurance Company, and the stock and furniture were insured for £3.00 in the Guardian Company. The hotel was built by Mr. W. West (who now resides in Eltham) between 40 and 50 years ago, and he occupied it until a few years back.

Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection 500.  Research Hotel