194 - State School 209 Residence Pines 690 Main Rd - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 5, 2010
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is significant? The c1891 head teacher's residence associated with the former Eltham State School 209, the mature Monterey Pine trees of c1900, any other exotic planting and the surrounding site to the title boundaries.
How is it significant? The former head teacher's residence is historically, aesthetically and socially significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
The Monterey Pines are historically and aesthetically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The former head teacher's residence is historically significant as a good example of the detached school residences of the late 19th century, constructed for the bigger country schools (Criterion D). The residence is historically and aesthetically significant because it forms part of Eltham's only group of 19th century buildings- along with the sandstone former State school 209 (HO 33), Wingrove Cottage (HO 120) and Jarrold Cottage/Shop (HO 121), and is a prominent landmark on an elevated position overlooking Main Road (Criteria B & E). The former head teacher's residence is historically and socially significant because it has a long, and continuing, association with the Eltham township and with the history of education within Eltham (Criteria A & G).
The Monterey Pines are historically significant because they are associated with the school and the former head teacher's residence (Criterion A). The pines are historically and aesthetically significant as a good example of a generally popular tree within the Colony, the State and the Shire during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but one of relatively few mature examples of this species that survive in the Eltham township area (Criteria B & E).