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


Please note our AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 31 July 2024 at Murrumbeena Bowls Club –  Speaker details to come.

Katharine Susannah Prichard

Nathan Hobby’s recent talk on his biography of Prichard, The Red Witch can be viewed here – https://vimeo.com/950931704?share=copy

The Red Witch is available for sale from GEHS $40 (hardback). Contact us gehs@optusnet.com.au

Our March 2024 newsletter is out now

Includes articles on –

  • the origins of Carre and Riddell Streets in Elsternwick
  • Designing, creating and curating exhibitions
  • Artefacts management
  • More on the the history of North Road Medical
  • A report on our November Speaker Series talk on the Caulfield mansion Heatherbrae
  • Heritage Matters.

Click here for March Newsletter







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

Speaker Series & AGM

Details and bookings to come 7.30pm Wednesday 31 July 2024 Murrumbeena Bowls Club, 10 Blackwood...

March 2024 News

50 Glass Slides digitised In 1910 The Jesters played at Arcadia on the Esplanade, St Kilda A...