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





Stefan Goldfarb (1925-2004) of Elwood, was one of the most highly decorated soldiers of World War Two. 

He was born on Poland in a snowdrift after his mother failed to walk to hospital in a blizzard.  Stalin’s secret police deported the family from Poland to a Siberian commune were Stefan became the teenage head of a tractor brigade.  In 1941, he became a T-34 tank driver in the Russian Army after Hitler invaded.  He was severely wounded several times in battles in which he destroyed eighteen German tanks, rising to the rank of Colonel.  He was awarded the Russian equivalents of the Victoria Cross and Military Cross.  His tank is in a Russian Museum and his valour inspired a book and a Polish film series.

His diminutive figure, charm and old world gallantry inspired his nickname, ‘Little Napoleon’.  He left Russia after experiencing anti-Semitism, eventually arriving in Melbourne in the 1970s.  Stefan was a familiar figure  in Elwood walking his dogs from 41 Ormond Road.

He was a devoted carer to his partner Rita Eidelson, another remarkable Holocaust survivor.  His small figure decorated with an astonishing array of foreign medals was an icon of ANZAC Day parades where he was honoured to ride a jeep with his grandchildren.

Stefan Goldfarb in 2004