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





For many years, residents have used the term ‘Poets’ Corner’ to describe places in Elwood.  But where exactly is Poets’ Corner?  The original ‘Poets’ Corner’ is actually in the south transept of Westminster Abbey, London.  It houses British poets laid to rest over many centuries, starting with Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400), as well as memorials to other poets, authors, actors and musicians.  Many of these poets are also immortalised in the street names of leafy Elwood, particularly around the poetic triangle of Glenhuntly, Tennyson and Barkly Streets.  Street names here include English and some Australian poets including, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Dryden, Browning, Ruskin, Milton, Addison, Cowper, Spenser, Thackeray, Southey, Lindsay, Byron, Goldsmith, Scott, Shelley, Rosetti, Keats, Meredith, Coleridge, Burns, Mason and Dickens, Bronte, Marlowe, Daley, Gordon and Lawson.   

Perhaps the name stems from ‘Poets’ Corner Reserve’ painted by Elizabeth Parson in about 1885 (see rear cover).  Today this green wedge (Dawkins Reserve) is located at the corner of Broadway, Milton and Goldsmith Streets, Elwood.  An Art Deco block of flats (1939)at 38 Mitford Street is also named ‘Poets’ Corner.’  It just into the intersection of Southey and Mitford Streets like the prow of a great liner.  The poet, Edward George Dyson (1865-1931), lived opposite.  For some residents, this intersection is the real ‘Poets’ Corner’.  The most likely inspiration for the poetic street theme is the name of the suburb itself as Thomas Ellwood was both poet and secretary to the bard John Milton, author of ‘Paradise Lost’