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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is now open on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm

Truth, Beauty & Utility Exhibition now open

This exhibition traces the Arts & Crafts Movement, from the sudden craze for Japanese-inspired decoration in the 1880s to the non-historical ‘Art Nouveau’ of 1900, to the rugged Californian bungalow of 1920—all as seen in our local area.

‘Truth, Beauty & Utility’ is now open at the Museum and can be viewed on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Please note that for the remainder of 2021 the Research Room will not be open on Sundays due to density requirements. The Museum will be closed during December 2021 and January 2022.

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For more information please see the Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne at the Victorian Government website.

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Ekins' Pharmacy

Posted on Friday, 4th June 2021 by Janine Rizzetti

From our Facebook page 13 May 2021

Here is Charles’ Ekins pharmacy in Burgundy Street, just opposite Mount Street (where the plumbing supplies shop is now located.) He became the proprietor in 1906, when he purchased the freehold from the previous pharmacist Mr Downes who, as well as being the local chemist, also had a keen interest in trotting.

Mr Charles Ekins and his wife came out to Australia in the ‘Torrens’ in 1881-2 and he practised as a pharmacist in Adelaide. He then came to Victoria and operated pharmacies at Woodend, Geelong and Ballarat. He moved to Melbourne, living first in East Malvern, then to Heidelberg in 1906, where he purchased the Burgundy Street pharmacy. It would have been a high-profile location at that time, as Mount Street was known as ‘Main Street’ and most of the traffic from Ivanhoe and Eaglemont would have passed his store.

He was described as a “first class chemist and an energetic man”. His daughters, Nina and Eva were accomplished musicians and they conducted piano and singing lessons from the residence beside the pharmacy, which was added in 1907.

This photograph must have been taken between 1906 and 1920, when he retired and turned the pharmacy over to Mr D. Shaw. It’s not clear whether there was a dedicated dentist practising from the pharmacy, or whether it was Mr Ekins himself who brandished the instruments!

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