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Electric Tramway : 14-November-2011
Electric Tramway : 14-November-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

An information panel and plaques commemorate the site of the terminus of the first electric tramway to Doncaster, which was the first tramway in the Southern Hemisphere. The plaque was relocated to its present site in 1889. 

From October 1889 until January 1896, an electric tram ran between the Box Hill Post Office, on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Station Street, and a terminus near the intersection of Elgar and Doncaster Roads, Doncaster. It was the first electric tram in Australia, and the southern hemisphere, to operate as a regular service.

I am glad to see that the Box Hill City Council is about to mark with a bronze tablet the terminus of the first Australian electric tramway, which ran, with some interruptions, between Box Hill and Doncaster from October, 1889, until January, 1896. This memorial was suggested by the Historical Society, at the instance of Mr. J. K. Moir, who has published a pamphlet giving an interesting sketch of the tramway's history. 
Argus (Melbourne),  2 November 1940.


Address:Whitehorse Road & Station Street, Old Box Hill Post Office wall, Box Hill, 3128
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.817812
Long: 145.123893
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1889
Approx. Event End Date:1896


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1940
Front Inscription

Plaque :

This tablet was erected by the Box Hill City Council

To mark the terminus of the first electric tramway route in the Southern Hemisphere.

During the years 1889 - 1896 an electric tram ran between here and Doncaster.

Erected 1940.

Plaque :

The above plaque was relocated to this position on the occasion of the centenary of the Box Hill - Doncaster Electric Tramway

14 October 1989.

Source: MA,VMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au