The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013


Indigenous Heritage
Geology and Topography
Vegetation and Fauna
Climate and Hydrology
1840s to 1870s
1850s - Parish of Nunawading
1852 - Whitehorse Inn
1861 - Postal Services
1880s - Electricity Supply
1880s to 1920s
1882 - Phantom Railways to Doncaster
1883 - Residential Heritage Precinct
1884 - Broughton Park subdivsion
1884 - Brickworks
1885 - Surrey Hills district - map
1888 - Football Clubs
1889 - Gas Supply and Gasworks
1889 - Doncaster Electric Tramway and Tower
1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station
1892 - Surrey Hills Golf Club
1892 - Water Supply, Reservoirs and Sewerage
1899 - Telephone Services
1905 - The Surrey Dive
1907 - Scouts and Guides
1912 - Mont Albert Village Shopping Precinct
1914 - Mont Albert Progress Association
1916 - Californian Bungalows
1917 - Schools
1917 - Wattle Park
1924 - Early Shortwave Broadcasting from the Surrey Hills district
1924 - Black's Estate
1925 - Bus Services
1929 - Tramways
1930 - Cricket Clubs in Mont Albert
1930s - Balwyn - Beckett Park Bonfires and Wildlife Sanctuary
1948 - Grange Tennis Courts
1957 - Pioneer Park
1961 - Surrey Hills Communications Tower
1981 - Box Hill Miniature Railway
Koonung Creek Parklands
Heritage Notes
Mont Albert Road - Early History
Mont Albert Rd - the East End
Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd
Mont Albert Rd - View St to Elgar Rd
Bushland Reserves
Service Associations
Sporting Clubs
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Walking Trails
The Author's Websites
References and Acknowledgements

1882 - advert for land sales in Box Hill

This is the end of our journey in time and space through the leafy suburbs of Mont Albert and Mont Albert North!
The Project started out as a private on-line Research Study into the history of the author's home,"Hargicourt" in Mont Albert Rd, mainly to document information which had been collected over many years, much of which was in handwritten notes!
It was originally intended that distribution of this would be limited privately to family members and close friends, but as the project evolved, it became clear that it might be useful to make the results available to a wider public readership via the Internet.
The project became a pictorial history of Mont Albert and Mont Albert North, even though it was never intended that the work would be a complete history of the district!
The Research has of course been faciliated by the ready availability on-line of a vast amount of out-of-copyright photographs, sketches, maps, plans, subdivision posters, drawings, and textual material from the National Library of Australia and the State Library of Victoria. In particular, the NLA's "Trove" website was a source of  an enormous  amount of archived information, especially the  "Age" and "Box Hill Reporter" newspapers.
It should be noted that  rather than  reproduce a series of old photos, narratives, present-day images, and videos  of the district are included, examining the progression of many of the early events, locations, organizations and activities!
The Study concentrates on the eastern section of Mont Albert Rd, and the author regrets that it has not been possible to provide fully detailed information about the history of other areas in the study region.
The research uncovered many historical gems, including the National Poultry Farm (1920s) in Mont Albert Rd, very close to the author's present home, the Dairy (1920s) (Mont Albert Rd) opposite, the original planned location (Elgar Rd) (1890s) of the Mont Albert Railway Station (eventually built about 1 km to the west), and the route of the proposed Canterbury to Doncaster Railway! (1880s)
If readers have found the Study to be useful, then the author's aim in producing it will have been realized.
Comments and feedback from readers would be welcomed!

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