Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wild Men of Montmorency

“Diamond Valley footy in the 1970s and 1980s was hard and tough footy at its best and sometimes worst. It was physical, brutal, occasionally spectacular and thrilling, captivating fans and players alike.  In this tribal cauldron where suburb was pitted against suburb there was no room for the feint-hearted”.

The Wild Men of Montmorency and other tales by Andrew Brasier recently published by the Montmorency Football Club adds to the community history and more importantly the recreational and sporting history of the local area.The collection of profiles presented relies heavily on the experience and memories of the author’s own association with the Club but this helps to interweave the voices of his contemporary subjects, mainly players but also administrators throughout the book.  

The 1970s through to the 2000’s is the main time frame covered. Despite the Club’s history going back to 1924, this is not a typical local history with little reference to the early history – and what there is – is presented at the back of the book.  Hall of Famers, including players who rose to the VFL are well represented.  Contemporary and some older photographs help illustrate this easy read. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Eltham on display

Duck Pond, Alistair Knox Park, Main Rd. Eltham

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 and can relate any further information, we would love to hear from you.  Please speak with Library staff or email EDHS via their website.
Eltham District Historical Society is celebrating 50 years in 2017.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Greensborough Pioneer Robert Whatmough

Greensborough Pioneer Robert Whatmough will be the subject of the next meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society to be held on Saturday 24th June 2017, at 1:15 pm at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough.
Jacinta Crealy will be speaking on the life and times of her Great-great-great grandfather Robert Whatmough, whose name is the source of Greensborough’s most popular sporting venue, Whatmough Park.  She has recently written a book on her family history and copies will be available for purchase.
On the following day, Sunday 25th The Society will conduct a walk along the Plenty River highlighting venues associated with Robert Whatmough. Contact the Society for details.
Robert’s obituary appeared in The Leader 8th Oct 1887.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Walter Withers in Eltham

The Drover by Walter Withers.  Painting in the collection of the Bendigo Art Gallery.  Souce: Wikipedia Commons
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 in Eltham.
There are a number of strong connections between the Withers Family and early Eltham.  Not only did Withers establish his home in the township in 1902, he painted a number of his significant paintings around Eltham and the local area.  Including local butcher and returned serviceman William Capewell in his famous painting The Drover.
All welcome.