A History of Elwood




The Elwood Entity

The Traditional Owners

The Fever Ship

Rams and Roads

Recreation on the Hill and the Beach

War in Elwood

Early Settlers

Bushrangers in Elwood

From Swamp to Canal

Noxious Activities

Bluey and Curley

Early Buildings

Radio 3EF Elwood

Trams to the Rescue

Squizzy in Elwood

Shops and Community Services

Elwood's Little Napoleon

A Visit to Elwood Junction 1940s and 1950s

The Writer and the Artist

Flats, Flats and more Flats

The Architect of Elwood

Walking Tour of the Art Deco Apartments of Elwood

Poets Corner


The Admiral of Elwood

Elwood Timeline





The long running Australian cartoon strip, ‘Bluey and Curley’ was based on two residents of Elwood.  Alex Gurney, creator of the strip was a long-time member of the Elwood Angling Club.  The balding Alex was known in the club as ‘Curley’.  ‘Bluey’ was the nickname of his red-headed mate, Len Anderson, a council linesman.  They shared a boat called ‘Bluey and Curley’ on innumerable fishing trips off Elwood Beach.  Len ‘Bluey’ Anderson lived in an Edwardian villa (1927) at 9 Rothesay Avenue, Elwood from about 1937.  Gurney was born in England in 1902.  He migrated to Australia with his widowed mother taking up residence in Elwood at 7 Merton Avenue (now in Brighton) in about 1937.  He became a prolific cartoonist for newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, creating enormously popular Australian characters such as ‘Bluey and Curley’, ‘Stiffy and Mo’(1927), “The Daggs’ (1929) and ‘Ben Bowyang’ (1933).  Bluey and Curley were initially based on two larrikin diggers, and readers followed their Aussie adventures from Britain to the army’s occupation of Japan, to attempts at civvy life as wharfies, lion tamers and private detectives.  Gurney also designed emblems for the South Melbourne Football Club and other clubs.  He died in 1955 but his cartoon was continued by other artists for several more years