Monday, May 16, 2016

Montmorency: the Farm on the Plenty

Local historian and author Maureen Jones has researched and written about Montmorency, a little known suburb in the City of Banyule, but with a rich indigenous and pastoral heritage.

At the June meeting for Heidelberg Historical Society Maureen will discuss her book Montmorency: the farm on the Plenty,  the history of the early settlers and how the suburb has evolved into the vibrant suburb it is today. 
This free talk will be held at Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe on Tuesday 14 June at 8 pm.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Hospital history


The Preston and Community Hospital, known as PANCH opened in Preston in 1960. In 1998 the Hospital closed and services were transferred to the new Northern Hospital in Epping.
The meticulous creation of this paddle boat was by a patient of the former Preston and Northcote Community Hospital sometime between 1963 and 1993. The artistic patient was in hospital for an extended period of time, and making this boat was an example of activities patients would do to pass time and help keep active. Unfortunately, the identity of the artist is no longer known, however he did gift the model boat to the PANCH Social Work department, as he had a lot of contact with the social work team during his stay. The boat has remained part of the Social Work department at The Northern Hospital often referred to as a reminder of the positive relationship between patients and health care professionals.
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Eltham Memorials Walk

Over the the past two years the Eltham District Historical Society along with other similar  organizations has participated in the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Their next heritage excursion on Saturday 7th May is a further event in that commemoration.
Within the local area many memorials, honour boards and the like were installed after that war. New memorials and additions to the earlier ones were established after the Second World War and there have been subsequent conflicts that are also commemorated.
Within Eltham there are a number of memorials dedicated to locals who served Australia in times
of war. This walk will visit a number of memorials along Main Road, Eltham starting with the heritage listed Avenue of Honour. Along the way there will be stories of some of those who are honoured on the memorials. It will include a visit to the EDHS Local History Centre where there will be a display featuring memorials beyond the area of the walk.
Visitors are welcome to attend this excursion, which is about 2 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the car park in Wingrove Park near the intersection of Main and Mount Pleasant Roads. (Melway ref.21 J8). This is a one-­way walk finishing at the Eltham shopping centre.
Private arrangements are required to return to the start, such as bus or a return walk.
This free walk is open to the general public as well as Society members.
Dogs are not permitted on Society excursions.

Local History Book launch – A History of St Margaret’s Church Eltham Vol 3

A History of Saint Margaret’s Church Eltham Volume 3 – The Post-War Years 1945 to 2015  by Dr. Geoffrey A. Sandy will be launched on Sunday 22 May at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
The book will be launched by historian, Dr Andrew Lemon and Jim Connor President of the Eltham District Historical Society with Professor Dr Harry Watson.  
The launch will be in the refurbished Mud Brick Hall 79-81 Pit Street Eltham. Parking is available in the hotel across the road or in Pitt Street. 
The 1861 Saint Margaret’s Church, together with its 1870 Vicarage, is Heritage Listed and both are significant buildings of Eltham.  Further details can be accessed at the Victorian Heritage register.  The Eltham Anglican faith community is vibrant and progressive and has significant connections with the wider Eltham community.

The Book will be available for purchase.  Refreshments will be served. All welcome.