On the map, it looks like just another outlying suburb of Melbourne, 23 kilometres north-east of the centre. But there is – still – an Eltham identity.

For decades it attracted artists and dreamers, who painted or built remarkable anachronisms like Monsalvat, a medieval lord’s country house. It’s Australia’s centre of mudbrick building. And while eastern suburb types pride themselves on their leafiness, Eltham goes well beyond leafy into outright bushy.

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