Tom Finnigan 1898 Austral Wheel Race winner.

Malvern Star – a Legend born locally

02/06/2018 Chris Gray

WHEN I had a Malvern Star bicycle as a boy I never considered it anything more than just “my bike”. It was there so I could ride with my friends; we all learnt by experience of gears, clusters, chains, brakes, derailleurs etc., and helping each other through various breakdowns was part of growing up.

Bob Poulter at Valley View Nurseries in the 1940s using a rotary hoe with Arthur Poulter in the background.

The Poulters: a Family Farm

02/06/2018 Guest Author

THE Poulter family were prominent farmers in Burwood and Ashburton for many years. Can you imagine owning nine acres of land on Boundary Road Burwood, now the corner of Warrigal Road and Ventura Street Ashwood? Purchased in 1922 for just £1550! This soon became the location of R. Poulter and Sons, Frimley Carnation Nurseries.

Carters' Bus

Being driven by Carter – a reader’s memories

02/06/2018 Guest Author

IN 1964, I landed a casual weekend job washing R.G. Carter’s buses using a broom, four-gallon can and a hose. The depot was a very ramshackle, dilapidated but fascinating place. Neither of its two buildings, a house and a former blacksmith’s forge, had been painted for decades. Carter’s had five old buses and five fairly new ones. Buses of the ’40s and ’50s were nothing like those of today. They were noisy; had no heating or air conditioning, some had no door; they were freezing in winter and often unbearably hot in summer.

The Golden Era of Vintage radios

01/03/2018 Kevin Poulter

The Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA) has 1200 members around Australia, with an estimated 30 000 radios in their collections. Members enjoy collecting and restoring radios from the 1920s through to the ’80s. Meetings are held monthly around Australia, including in Ashburton, where radios are discussed and sold and friendships made.

Founder Dorothy Sutherland pictured looking at plans for the garden in 1990.

Wurundjeri Garden

01/12/2017 Raine Biancalt

It was Dorothy Sutherland, a member of the Hawthorn Historical Society, who came up with the idea of creating an Aboriginal food garden along the Yarra River. The garden began in 1990 and was named after a Woirurrung clan who claim land by the Yarra River.

Burwood High school

A site for sore eyes

22/02/2017 John Griffith

Original Burwood High School teacher John Griffith joined the school at its temporary site in 1955. He recalls the eager expectation – and the reality – of the first day teachers and students saw their school in its permanent […]

Camberwell Inn, 554 Burke Road, circa 1890s

Camberwell – named after a Pub

21/12/2016 Raine Biancalt

In 1853 newly-arrived George Eastaway built a corrugated iron hotel at what is now the corner of Burke and Riversdale Roads. The junction was a minor stopping place on the road to Gippsland and Wood’s Point […]