The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013

Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd

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

1905 - part of a large map of Box Hill,showing Elgar Rd area

This Section looks at important  development along Elgar Rd, from Whitehorse Rd in the north,  to Canterbury Rd in the south.
Whitehorse Inn - cnr Whitehorse and Elgar Rds
This started in 1859, and the building was demolished in 1935.
See separate Chapter: 1852 - Whitehorse Inn
Railway Line
The line to Lilydale opened in 1882, initially as a single grack, with a level crossing at Elgar Rd. The double track was opened in 1888. The third track was commissioned in 1971 when the present bridge was built. Mont Albert station opened in 1892. It was originally planned that Mont Albert station would be sited at Elgar Rd, on the north side of the line, at the end of Zetland Rd, but it was eventually built in Hamilton St.

The existing wide grassy treed strip between Elgar Rd and the present station, on the north side of the railway, next to Chuirchill St, is the legacy of a decision made in the 1890s to make this area a permanent railway reserve.
Gate House
In 1905, a Gate House was located on Elgar Rd, west side, directly opposite Hopetoun Parade, on the south side of the railway line. This was next to the railway gates.
Started in 1890, but operations were suspended from 1892 to 1911 when it reopened. Between 1942 and 1946 it was further suspended due to the War. It finally closed 1988. The land became Surrey Park.
Houses in 1905
These houses existed in 1905 - names of occupiers are shown (present day nos given)

East Side
388 Adjacent to railway, north side (Turner)
384 (Griffiths)
366 (Beckett) - "Estherville" - c.1900 - still standing - now townhouses
378 ?? This is now Federation St!
372 (Baikiund)
The land behind Beckett's and Griffith's houses was "grassed paddocks", which would become the Brickworks claypit in later years.

West Side
393 "Yarrawah" (Wilson) still standing
379  (Keane) still standing
367 (Turner)
365 (Jones)
??? (Sheahan)
331 (Curlewiss) 

2013 - "Estherville" - 366 Elgar Rd

2013 - former stables, rear of 393 Elgar Rd, built c.1900

2013 - rear 393 Elgar Rd, built c.1900

2013 - 1880s house at 365 Elgar Rd

2013 - "Mont Albert Manor", built c1925, 401 Elgar rd

2013 - "Tyneholm"

1891 - "Tyneholm" - 310 Elgar Rd

Located at 310 Elgar Rd, just south of Canterbury Rd, in Box Hill South, this imposing double-storey mansion was built in 1891 on 2.5 acres of land.
It is opposite the Surrey Hills Water Tower.

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