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Reference File - Fairyland - 57 Malmsbury Street (Kew)

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

Archive file on ‘Fairyland’, 57 Malmsbury Street, Kew. Fairyland, when owned by the Tabulos was a noted local, state, national and international tourist attraction. The grandparents of the historian Dorothy Rogers had originally owned the house. The file contains a copy of Rogers’ history of the house. The file also contains sundry newspaper articles/clippings, correspondence between KHS and the City of Boroondara relating to heritage protection, personal email correspondence (not for distribution), poetry, research documents including timelines, and colour and black and white photographs (donated by Betty Morgan, Matt Dickerson, et al). Primary sources included in the file include photocopies of Jim Tabulo’s War records and Jim and Grace Tabulo’s wedding certificate. The Tabulos collected and displayed in their garden many items of porcelain, pictures etc. The file contains a copy of a document/booklet on the British Royal family that once formed part of the Fairyland Collection.
A4 Vertical File
Object Registration
kew (vic) - history, fairyland - 57 malmsbury street (kew), jim tabulo, grace tabulo, mrs warboys, william lowe, henrietta lowe, dorothy rogers, arthur spruzen, william coucher
Historical information
Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.
When Made
The Fairyland Visitors Books, held separately to the file are important manuscripts of statewide significance. They are historically significant as Fairyland was a major tourist attraction in Melbourne from the 1940s to the 1960s. The Visitors books, containing the messages and names of children and adults are also socially significant in what they reveal about social and cultural values of the postwar period.
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