50th Anniversary

Glen Eira Historical Society celebrates 50 years of collecting, preserving and promoting local history 1972-2022

Join us to mark this milestone

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

Caulfield Cup 1905

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

Caulfield

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

Carnegie

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

Visit Us

Commencing Tuesday 1 February 2022 we will be open by appointment only on Tuesdays. Appointments at other times may be arranged.

Protecting the health of our volunteers and visitors is our top priority. Masks must be worn indoors, and visitors aged 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption.

Please email for an appointment.

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.

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Latest News

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 27 July at 7.30pm. This meeting will include a talk by author Jenny O’Donnell on “Researching a Roll of Honour”. Details to come.

 

Caulfield Tramway Company

Read about the beginnings of the Caulfield Tramway Company in the latest edition of The Melbourne Tram Museum’s journal The Bellcord  https://www.trammuseum.org.au/downloads/bellcord/bc-054.pdf

 

 

Lirrewa

Myoora

Halstead

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

November 2021 update

Issue 26 of our newsletter has just been published and can be found here. Featuring articles on...