What’s happening with Heidelberg Historical Society?
The management committee has decided to begin re-opening the museum in three stages.
Stage 1: Return of weekday volunteers:
Starting from 1 July 2020 (subject to government advice), it will be possible for weekday volunteers to return to work. However, only those who have made prior arrangements will be at the museum and for the moment, no visitors will be allowed.
Stage 2: Re-opening of the museum and research room on Sundays:
Our July committee meeting will focus on plans needed for allowing timed visits (especially in the research room) by the public. As to when we open will depend on the availability of our Sunday volunteers.
Stage 3: Speaker Program:
At this stage, the program remains on hold.
We thank our members for their patience and understanding.
Members are encouraged to use the online resources available at this website for research, and for news about further developments.
As well as our photographs and maps, the Members section contains links to all 317 of our Heidelberg Historian newsletters. Material will be added to the blog and our Facebook page from time to time.
If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form
which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.
Posted on Friday, 26th June 2020 by Janine Rizzetti
Look! A new tram line has opened! The ribbon has been cut by the Shire President’s wife and all the worthies are there to celebrate the coming of the tram.
But not for the Heidelberg District, unfortunately. This picture is of the opening of the Plenty Rd tramline in Preston April 1920. Despite about 30 years of lobbying, there was to be no tramline to service Ivanhoe or Heidelberg to this very day.
This was not for lack of trying. Many suburbs began agitating for tramlines in the first decade of the 1900s. Here are a few of the plans involving Ivanhoe and Heidelberg over the years – none of which came to fruition.
1910 Route from Clifton Hill to Heidelberg, along Heidelberg Rd through Fairfield, Alphington, Ivanhoe and Heidelberg to the junction of Plenty and Rosanna Roads
1912 Route along High Street Northcote to Darebin Rd, along Livingstone Street to Ivanhoe.
1915 Route from Clifton Hill to Darebin, along Upper Heidelberg Rd and down the hill to Heidelberg then returning to the city via Lower Heidelberg Rd. Cost estimated at £74,200 with an operating loss of £4000 the first year, and anticipated annual revenue of £10,800. Put aside because of World War I
1919 Route along St Kilda, Punt Rd/Hoddle Street into Heidelberg Road at Clifton Hill, along Station St Fairfield, to Darebin Road/Livingstone Street to Ivanhoe. Branch line 1- along Waterdale Rd to Bell St Branch line 2- along Lower Heidelberg Rd to Burgundy Street.
Five years of discussions followed – with nothing. Preston got its tramline along Plenty Road in 1920, but the Heidelberg plans were shelved. The last tramway link for Heidelberg was mooted in 1946 when it was suggested that a double tramway line should be built from Cotham Rd Kew to East Ivanhoe over the Burke Rd Bridge. Costs were drawn up for building the line and widening the bridge…and the project was quietly forgotten.