Welcome to the Glen Eira Historical Society

Since 1972 we have been collecting, preserving and promoting the history of Glen Eira

Covering the suburbs of Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Brighton East, Carnegie, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Gardenvale, Glen Huntly, McKinnon, Murrumbeena, Ormond and St Kilda East

Glen Huntly Station, 1930s

Glen Huntly Fire Station Crew, cnr Grange and Glen Huntly Roads, 1920s

Caulfield Cup 1905

Winner Marvel Loch, 2nd Warroo, 3rd Torah. Time 2.35 ¾


Bell Hoare at home, 17 Anderson St, Caulfield c1930

Caulfield c 1906

Westfield, 2nd house from left, still standing today in Eskdale Road

Frogmore, Carnegie

Built 1880s, demolished 2015 despite strong community opposition

Jersey Parade, Carnegie, c1940s


Outside WB Perry, Chemist, cnr Koornang and Rosstown Roads

McKinnon, 1961

Mechanical interlocked boom barriers at McKinnon Road, installed in 1928

Murrumbeena Football Club c1920

In front of E. Pelling’s horse stables used as clubrooms

Centre Arcade, Bentleigh

Shopping arcade built in 1959 and home to Star Dance Academy since 1960

Church of Christ, Gilbert Gve, Bentleigh, 1998

Designed by architect J. Wallinga 1949, now Greek Orthodox Church

RH & FG Beddoe, Elsternwick, 1916

Wood, coal, hay and corn merchants in Horne St

The Former Union Church, Elsternwick

Architect George de Lacy Evans, erected in 1889-90, Orrong Road

Ormond 1932

Garage in North Rd, owned by the Woods family. Tom Woods, a dirt track racer practised on North Road.

Ormond Post Office

North Rd, cnr Cadby Ave, c1950

AM Johnston Grocer, Ormond

Corner North Rd and Malane St, c1930

Ormond, 1941

Corner North Rd and Anthony St

Ormond, 1924

St Margaret's Presbyterian Church Hall, St Kilda East

Built 1921, cnr Hotham St and Denman Ave, demolished c2003

Visit Us

We are open from 9am-1pm on  Tuesdays and appointments are preferred.

Appointments at other times may be arranged.

In 1935 our building looked like this:

W Radnell Grocer c1935, corner of Fallon St and Glen Huntly Rd, site of GEHS today. (Source Museums Victoria)

Our Collection

We have the largest and most comprehensive collection of material relating to the history of Glen Eira. Our collection is a valuable resource for those researching the history of their house and suburb, for family historians, students and other researchers. Some of our collection can viewed via the Victorian Collections link below.

For research enquiries contact us any time. Email is best but you can also leave a phone message.

Contact Us

Latest News

 The Parliamentary Library

Our September Speaker Series features a talk by Carolyn Macvean, Manager of the Victorian Parliamentary Library and Information Service. Come and learn some of the history of the library, completed in 1861, and how it is used today by Members of Parliament and staff.

10.30am Wednesday 27th September 2023

Caulfield Cup Room, Glen Eira Town Hall, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield, 3162


Musical Notes from Glen Eira

7 September – 1 October 2023

Gallery Two, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield 3162

Did you know there was an Operatic Society in Murrumbeena in the 1930s (pictured), and rock bands such as Sherbet and Lobby Loyde played in the Caulfield Town Hall in the 1970s?

This exhibition presented by the Glen Eira Historical Society features photographs, programs, and other fascinating memorabilia revealing the players, musicians, bands, and community singers in our city from the early days to more recent times

More details here including Gallery hours – https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/media/14567/gallery-program-july-december-2023.pdf


Our September 2023 newsletter is now available. Click here

Articles in this edition:

• Kynaston – a story of the house and some of its residents
• Richard Whitecross – Scottish immigrant, brick mason, golfer and member of the AIF
• Jessie Mary Vasey (1897 – 1966) – War Widows Guild Victoria
• Out of the Shadows – The Forgotten History of the War Widows Guild of Australia
• Donation Of Local Newspapers
• First women bus conductors
• Vale Keith Stodden 1931-2023 






About Us

Founded in 1972 the Caulfield Historical Society’s early work led to significant buildings such as Myoora, Halstead and Lirrewa gaining heritage protection at a time when many historic buildings were under threat of demolition.

In 1994, the City of Caulfield merged with the northern part of the City of Moorabbin and became the new City of Glen Eira. Some years later the Caulfield Historical Society changed its name to the Glen Eira Historical Society, to reflect the whole municipality of Glen Eira. View Map

Our Latest News & Events

The Parliamentary Library

The Parliamentary Library

Our September Speaker Series features a talk by Carolyn Macvean, Manager of the Victorian...

Musical Notes from Glen Eira

Musical Notes from Glen Eira

An exhibition Gallery Two, Glen Eira City Council Gallery Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads,...