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

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The Mont Albert District - Pictorial Heritage - 1830 to 2013 by Robert J. Padula OAM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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1925 - minibus at Box Hill

This is a Pictorial Research Project, which examines the history, development, and evolution of the leafy suburb of Mont Albert,12 km east of central Melbourne, from its beginnings in 1830 until the present.
Much of the content has been derived from the author's first-hand knowledge of Mont Albert, which has been his home since 1959, supported by interviews with long-time residents.
The present day surburb of Mont Albert did not really begin until the early 1890s - prior to then, it was part of Surrey Hills and Box Hill, and relevant background information about those suburbs is included, as well as content about adjoining present-day Mont Albert North.

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1937 - aerial view showing part of Mont Albert and Broughton Brick Works (centre)

1908 - Union Rd looking north from near Canterbury Rd

1907 - Albany Crescent

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About the Author
This Heritage Study is a work by Bob Padula, OAM, of Mont Albert, Victoria, Australia.
Bob is a Chartered Professional Commiunications Engineer, holding the rank of Life Member, Institution of Engineers (Austraiia), providing specialized technical consultancy services and authorship in the field of international high frequency broadcasting

He also has a keen interest in hiking, bushwalking, coastal walking, and light railway history, and exploring the mountains around Melbourne, activities which support his involvement in amateur photography.

Bob is a member of the
Australian Light Railway Research Society, Bushwalking Victoria, and the Great Dividing Trail Association.

His affinity for research into the history of the Forests, Timber Mills, and Water Supply Systems to the east of Melbourne is reflected in his authorship of several popular on-line Heritage Projects about those themes.

His on-line autobiography may be viewed at "Looking Back - 1939 to 2011"

The author also maintains several free Photo Websites dedicated to his travels.

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His latest on-line Engineering Research Study is "The History of Short wave Broadcasting in Australia"

1925 - orchard in Mont Albert

About this Project
This work is a free on-line dissertation, containing 35 chapters, which brings together many heritage images, descriptive text, sound, video, location maps and drawings.
Each major theme in this Study has its own Chapter, accessed from the Navigation Bar on each Page. The Chapters are arranged in chronological sequence, where appropriate

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Unless otherwise indicated, all images tagged "2011, 2012" or "2013" are those taken by the author, from his visits to the locations described in this Project

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This Project Study is published in June 2013 - additions will be made from time to time

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1885 - map of Surrey Hills district

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