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 history of Elwood is as diverse and surprising as our suburb today.

‘Flood, Fire and Fever’ celebrates the natural, built and cultural heritage of Elwood from pre-European times, to quarantine stations and coal mines at Point Ormond to the trams that used to trundle past our front door.

By sponsoring this book, the Elwood Community Bank hopes that Elwood residents and visitors past, present and future, are able to gain a better understanding of events that have gone before and how they have shaped our ‘village’ today.

Congratulations to Meyer Eidelson and the St Kilda Historical Society for an excellent publication.

The shareholders, customers and supporters of the Elwood Community Bank hope you enjoy learning more about our village and our community.

We believe that this book will become a valued community resource and copies will be widely available through libraries, local schools……..and at the bank!

Liz Johnstone

Founding Board Member,

Elwood Community Bank

Former Councillor and Mayor,

City of Port Phillip

January 2006



Elwood Community Bank

142 Ormond Road.