Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Eltham District Historical Society coming events

Coming Events… are invited

Saturday 6th November (2.00 pm) – HERITAGE WALK – TOM ORR’S FARM
Our next Heritage Walk this coming Saturday 6th November continues our series on local road names.

The Panorama Heights Estate in Montmorency South is a residential area of winding streets lined with ndigenous local trees and includes many secluded parks and walkways. Prior to its subdivision in the 1920s this was Tom Orr’s farm, a favourite painting place of Walter Withers. After it was subdivided by land developer John Quinn the sale of land and house building proceeded very slowly and much vacant
land remained in the 1970s.

The walk will not be one of historic buildings and the like. Rather it will be a pleasant walk led by Russell Yeoman through informal streets and parks, imagining the past landscape that inspired Walter Withers and looking at aspects of this unusual 1920s subdivision. The distance is about 4km and includes a couple of steep hills. The walk will start at 2.00 pm at the car park in Grand Boulevard
opposite the Montmorency South School (Melway Ref. 21E 7/8). The contact phone number on the day is 0409 021 063.

The Panorama Heights Estate was unusual for its time, although to some extent it emulates the subdivision designs of Walter Burley Griffin such as the heritage listed Glenard Estate at Heidelberg.
It includes winding streets, irregularly shaped lots, secluded parks at the rear of lots and connecting walkways. Its main street Grand Boulevard, originally Bonnevue Boulevard, has a very wide road reserve. It connects Main Road, Lower Plenty with Bolton Street Eltham and appears to be designed as an alternative route to Eltham from Lower Plenty.

The estate is bounded on the south by Main Road and on the east by Bolton Street and is shown highlighted on the map, which also shows all current street names. Many are family names but Bonnevue Boulevard and Buena Vista Drive are descriptive of their ridge location. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Wednesday 10th November – EDHS GENERAL MEETING
8 pm at the Eltham Senior Citizens’ Centre, Library Place Eltham

Since it was established in the 1930s by Justus Jorgensen, Montsalvat has played a major role in fashioning Eltham into the place we know today. It is far more than a unique collection of buildings, although these buildings were really the start of the tradition of mud brick and other vernacular styles of building that is now widely identified with Eltham.

Many of the people associated with Montsalvat have played a significant role in Eltham’s more recent history. These people and Montsalvat the place are an important component of Eltham’s artistic reputation.

Our guest speaker on this evening will be Mike Ridley,who is a volunteer tour guide at Montsalvat and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the place and its people. He is also a tour guide at the ABC Melbourne Studios where he previously worked in television. Other places in his tour guide repertoire are the Melbourne Cemetery and Gulf Station at Yarra Glen.

Mike has his own collections of photos of Montsalvat and these will be shown to illustrate his talk.

Participants in this meeting can be assured of an entertaining and informative evening. As at all meetings we welcome interested visitors and new members.

Sunday 14th November – ELTHAM CEMETERY VISIT

The historic Eltham Cemetery is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Harry Gilham’s research on the cemetery includes information on Eltham pioneers from those early years, as well as details of interesting and important locals buried there in more recent times.

Harry will lead a further tour of grave sites on Sunday 14th November. It will include many sites not visited on previous cemetery visits.

The tour will start at 2.00 pm. Enter the cemetery from Mt Pleasant Road (Melway Ref. 21 K9) and proceed to the car park near the south-western corner. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Everyone is welcome to attend these free events from the Eltham District Historical Society

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