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Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc. Mt Dandenong, Victoria

The Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc. encourages and facilitates the collection, research, documentation and dissemination of images, written and oral records and objects representing the history of Mt Dandenong and the surrounding districts of Kalorama, Olinda, Sassafras, Ferny Creek and Tremont from first settlement to the present. The collection will be developed as an historical and educational resource for the community. Due to storage restraints the majority of the collection comprises early photographs and ephemera.

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Farndons Community Hall 42 Falls Road Mt Dandenong Victoria
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Opening Hours

The Historical Society holds meetings on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10am - 12pm at Farndons Community Hall. Cnr Falls Rd & Farndons Rd., Mt. Dandenong. All Welcome.

Entry Fee

Annual membership of MDDHS is $15 for an individual membership and $20 for a couple.

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Farndons Community Hall 42 Falls Road Mt Dandenong Victoria

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Photograph - Group Outside Quamby Cafe Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of three women and two young girls posed outside the Quamby café at Olinda c1950s.

Photograph - Pioneer Settlers Of Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group photo of pioneer settlers of Olinda. Jack Dodd is shown RHS holding the rein of his packhorse 'Darkie". The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pioneer settlers of Olinda. Jack Dodd with the packhorse.

Photograph - St Matthew's Sunday School, Olinda. c1935

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Young students from St Matthew's Sunday School, Olinda holding the Sunday School Shield. C 1935. The pictured shield is kept in the St Matthew's Church Hall. From the back L - R. ?, Jean Patterson, Peggy Hall, Roy Breen, Mona Griffin, ?, Gwen Evans, Douglas Hall, Bill Brown, Keith Evans, Stewart Brown, Jack Breen, Ian Ellis, ?, ?, ?, Jeff Evans, Russell Hall, ?, ?, John Miles, Frank Boulter, Joan Boulter, Geoff Miles, Joan Bartlett, Nan Breen, Thomas Hall.

Lidded Box

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Decorative cube shaped box made from small tiles made from coconut shell. Brown in colour with a hinged lid. Additional carved decoration comprising acorns, flower and butterfly. Inside lid lined with red velvet.

Historical information

Mr JH Quinton of Olinda, Victoria had the unusual hobby of carving coconut shell. Over a 50 year period he carved thousands of curios and household articles. Supplies of coconuts were sent to him by his brother in Singapore. Known in the Dandenong Ranges as "The Coconut King", he carved many series, including Australian animals, likenesses of hundreds of men prominent in public life, tableaux of sporting activities, including a series depicting cricket strokes, a coconut tea set, butterflies, buttons and boxes. Mr Quinton was an engraver and his considerable can be seen in the fine detail and sense of movement he was able to capture in his carvings.

Photograph - Local People In Front Of the Completed Methodist Church FiveWays c1911 or c1912

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The congregation gathers outside the newly built church. All are well dressed, most wearing hats.There appears to be 14 women, 8 men (one the pastor) and 9 children.The elderly lady appears to be Mrs Eliza Hand, though no lace collar or hat. There is no window in the porch.

Photograph - Olinda Falls

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 6 in Olinda series, showing view of Olinda Falls with ferns in background. Late 1930s.

Historical information

Number 6 in commercial series.

Photograph - Home of George Dodd at Olinda 1895

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1895 picture of the home of George Dodd built c1880. Shows the Selector's Road made in the 1880s from Pig Lane in The Basin to the road in front of the Mt dandenong Hotel.The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1895 picture of the home of George Dodd built about 1880 showing the road the selectors made in the 1880s from Pig Lane to the main road in front of the present Mt Dandenong Hotel near the present end of the Basin-Olinda Road. It was never gazetted as a road as the Bruces objected to it and landslides in 1891 closed it temporarily and later landslides closed it permanently.

Photograph - Blanche and Jessie Gill 1924

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio portrait of sisters Blanch and Jessie Gill, friends of the Dorey family.

Inscriptions & Markings

To dear Mrs Dorey with fond love Blanche & Jessie 1924. Gill's Very Dear friends of ours.

Photograph - Peace Memorial Plaque FiveWays, Kalorama c1994

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Close up shows the names of local volunteers in the AIF. Note: 'Peace of 1919". Official peace with Germany was June 29th, 1919.

Photograph - Group At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three men on The Rock at Sunnyside. Omnibus in the background. L to R: C.J. Dennis, Unknown, David Low (cartoonist).

Photograph - Kalorama Gap Under Snow 1921

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Kalorama Gap under snow taken in 1921. Mountjoy Guest House is at top right and Beulah Tea Rooms is in the centre. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kalorama Gap under snow 1921 The leafless elm trees are low in the centre and the dual nature of the nearer one can be clearly seen, two small suckers of the older farther tree being twisted together in 1898 by Fred Jeeves. The older tree was planted 1880. Mrs Hands shop can be clearly seen, which was the Mount Dandenong North Post Office. The old Main Road runs up the centre of the picture and turns to the right and disappears behind “Mountjoy” the big guest house built by Paynters in 1905 and sold to Ellis Jeeves 1908, whose family ran it till 1943. At the bend of the road behind the big pine tree and the dark blackwood can be seen faintly the gable of Price’s house that contained the first shop on the mount. Above it is H Walker’s cottage on Ridge Road that still exists, his homestead is on the left of the picture on the same level. Below this house and to the left can be seen Ted Prices hay and corn store. The present estate agency lies between these two buildings, on the road which had recently been built. This can be seen winding from the lower left corner of picture to the left of the elms. The CRB had recently fenced the road and this is clearly seen as it circles behind trees in the left centre. Barber’s Road crosses CRB Road to the left of the dray under the leafless elm and the Coach Road dives down to the right just behind the pair of blackwoods to right of the elms. The picture was taken from just above the boundary of Isaac Jeeves’s selection Crown Allotment “C” (Jeeves Saddle) which stretched across the Gap to the other side of Mrs Hand’s shop, monopolising the gap from 1871 to 1879. Price’s house remains partly as the small house – “Mirra Laken”.

Photograph - Devine family, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mr Devine, Mrs Devine (nee Stewart) with children Vera and Stewart at their home 'Hillcrest' on Mernda Road (now Coonara road), Olinda 1911. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Devine, Mrs Devine (nee Stewart) Vera Stewart 1911 on verandah of “Hillcrest” Mernda Road now Coonara Road. Mrs Dodd’s collection. Copied by J.L.C. 1974.

Photograph - Lyrebird's Nest and Young Lyrebird, Perrin's Creek, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard depicting Lyrebird's Nest and Young Lyrebird, Perrin's Creek, Olinda.

Photograph - Forming Of New Road Kalorama To Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene of wagon drawn by two horses on wide dirt road with large trees on side of road. Taken just north of Falls Road.

Historical information

The new Main Road, now Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, was completed in 1926. This scene is looking towards Montrose down from the intesection of Falls Road.

Photograph - Snow at Mt Dandenong Primary School 1995

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Children playing in snow at the front of Mt Dandenong Primary School 5th September 1995.

Photograph - Olinda Easter Carnival

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Easter Sports Carnival at Olinda held Easter Monday. Photograph shows men in the woodchop event. These sports days ceased after WW1. c1907

Photograph - Mountain Grange Home of the Hand Family c1890

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Front view of the house with Mrs Eliza Hand and a daughter on the verandah.

Photograph - Property of Robinson Family Scenic Cres. Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small home surrounded by bush in Scenic Crescent, Kalorama. An additional property of the Robinson family.

Photograph - Eric Haddrick 1917

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio portrait of Eric Haddrick in WW1 uniform. Brother of Eunice Chapman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mrs Dorey With best wishes from Eric Haddrick Sept 1917.

Photograph - Olinda Falls at Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph received as a jpeg digital image 576KB showing two womwn, two men and a boy at the Olinda Falls early 1900s.

Historical information

Photograph from the Dower family collection taken of the Upper Olinda Falls in the early 1900s. The two men, two women and young boy are all well dressed and posing for a photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of image: Early 1900s Olinda Falls at Mt Dandenong

Photograph - OBSERVATORY, Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard showing Mt Dandenong Trig Point Observatory on the RHS and a covered shelter on the LHS. Early 1900s.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of postcard: OBERVATORY, MT DANDENONG

Photograph - Mt Dandenong Primary School

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group photograph of teachers and pupils of Mt Dandenong Primary school.

Photograph - 'Callum House' - Bill Farndon's Guest House 1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Front view of Callum House located on the corner of Falls and Farndons Roads. Built by Bill Farndon. In the background are trees killed by bushfires in 1897. There is a horse and buggy in the foreground. Figures standing have been identified as (from LHS) Jim Clarke, Len Farndon, Jack Clarke, Essie Farndon, Rhoda farndon, Doug Farndon, Mrs Farndon. Driver is Bill Campbell. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

1911 “Callum House” Farndon’s guest house corner of Fall’s and Farndon’s Roads. Later “Bonvenu” and again “The Oaks”. Showing the trees killed by bushfires in 1897. Figures standing are from left – Jim Clarke, Len Farndon, Jack Clarke, Essie Farndon, Rhoda Farndon, Doug Farndon, Mrs. Farndon. Bill Campbell driving.

Photograph - Group Outside Quamby Cafe Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Older woman with two young girls posed in front of hydrangea bush outside the Quamby Café at Olinda c 1950s. Sennitt's Ice Cream sign visible upper RHS.

Photograph - Kamanange c1930

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Kamanange - partly built c1930

Photograph - Mrs Hubert Jeeves with children Kenneth and Elizabeth

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Hubert Jeeves, nee Daisy Rowse with son Kenneth and daughter Elizabeth.

Photograph - Olinda, Victoria. Outlook to Ferntree Gully from Dulce Domun

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Photo Series postcard #965 with view looking west to Mt Dandenong Road and Ridge Road. Looking across to where the Log Cabin (Kellys) would now be.

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 965

Photograph - Snow at Mt Dandenong Primary School 1995

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three children playing in snow covering bank and oval at Mt Dandenong Primary School 5th September 1995. Snow lasted three days.

Photograph - Footbridge On Olinda Creek.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 3 in Olinda series, showing footbridge over Olinda Creek surrounded by tree ferns. Late 1930s.

Historical information

Number 3 in commercial series.

Photograph

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three women and two men standing on a bridge, location unknown. Clothes are 1920s.Members of Dorey or Woolrich families.

Photograph - Church of England, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Church of England. Monash Avenue, Olinda. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Church of England Olinda When the church was built it faced on to the main Mt Dandenong Road but the road was deviated in and the main road section in front of the Village Settlement blocks was named Monash Avenue. The chapel built on Mrs Warner’s land on Mernda Road (later Coonara Road) was shifted in 1936 by Dick Mitlan using Jack Clarkes Ford truck as traction plant.

Photograph - House in Snow at Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

House at Olinda surrounded by snow laden trees c1950

Photograph - Miss McPhee in Snow Laden Garden

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Miss McPhee, proprietress of Five Ways Tea Rooms in snow at Kalorama. Note partial sign in top RH corner of photograph.

Photograph - "Bella Vista" Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series Postcard #3762 showing Bella Vista Guest House at Olinda. This image is c1940s and shows the tennis court in the foreground. Bella Vista was built by Edmund Boulter in 1903. It comprised two large buildings with a walkway linking the balconies at second storey level. Views of Westernport and Port Phillip Bays could be seen from the rooftop lookout. Bella Vista was reputed to accommodate eighty guests. The Guest House operated until 1956, when it burned down.

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series Postcard number 3762

Photograph - Quamby now 'Cuckoo'

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Quamby Café viewed from high side of Main Road looking towards Sassafras c1930. Power lines visible and road unmade. Quamby Café built by the Dorey family in 1914. Now the Cuckoo Restaurant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front - Quamby now "Cuckoo"

Photograph - Snow Scenes at Kalorama 5 & 6

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

5. Children in snow outside Robinson Holiday House. 6. Walker going along Main Road near Hand's Paddock (Kalorama Memorial Reserve).

Photograph - Devils Elbow Mt Dandenong 27.12.1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Original postcard showing two wagons coming up the hill to round the Devil's Elbow, scene of a wagon disaster where a wagon and horses went over the side on December 27th 1911. The first wagon is pulled by three horses and the second one horse with a man leading it.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of postcard: DEVILS ELBOW MT DANDENONG 27.12.1911

Photograph - James Madden

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph of James Madden. He is middle aged, bearded and wearing a suit. He has a walking stick in his right hand. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke.

Historical information

James Madden was the father of Ethel (Mrs. Edward Child) and Maria (Mrs. Bert Child).

Inscriptions & Markings

James Madden father of Maria and Ethel Madden.

Photograph - The Main Mountain Road, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series Postcard #4797. View down Main Road Olinda towards Sassafras c1940s showing Post Office to the left.Three people visible in picture.

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series Postcard #4797

Photograph - The Olinda Road, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 8 in Olinda series, showing the road view looking towards sassafras. Note wooden picket tree guards and two ladies sitting on seat on RHS. Road not yet made. Late 1930s.

Historical information

Number 8 in commercial series.

Photograph - Hubert Jeeves and Passengers with new Motorised Coach c1924

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Hubert Jeeves in hat and dust coat standing with a woman in 1920s style clothing beside motorised coach. two children inside car.

Photograph - Members of the Olinda Rifle Club

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Hazy photograph of Olinda and Mt Dandenong men at the Olinda Rifle Range 1909.

Document - The Busy Corner

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Information about photograph #KAL0059 'The Busy Corner' c19009. (2 pages)

Photograph - Site of Kyeema Aircraft Crash

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Woman looking down slope towards the actual site of the Kyeema aircraft crash which occurred on October 25th, 1938. The Douglas DC-2 Kyeema, operated by Australian National Airways, was en-route from Adelaide to Melbourne when it overshot Essendon Airport by 20 miles. Descending in thick cloud, it crashed into the western face of Mt Dandenong, killing all 18 occupants.

Photograph - Kalorama Post Office, FiveWays c1994

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The post office business had recently been removed to the shop at Silvandale but the post boxes are still set into the wall. The post office building had been on this site for about 100 years.

Photograph - Netty Grossman

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio portrait of well dressed young lady with parasol. Inscription on back indicates it is Netty Grossman. Photograph is in postcard format. Probably early 1900s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back in pen: Netty Grossman

Photograph - The Wagonette Disaster 27th December 1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

This accident occurred at Deveil's Elbow where now the Old Coach Road and Jasper Road meet at a cliff face. John Lundy-Clarke wrote a ballad about the mishap, probably combining fact and fancy. The wagonette was returning from an excursion to the Brooklyn Guest House in Montrose. Apparently only the horses were killed in the accident. See 'The Brooklyn Dray". The photograph shows local men inspecting the wreckage. (Not passengers as they were injured).

Photograph - Street view Mt Dandenong during 1962 bushfires

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Taken during the 1962 bushfires. View of Mount Dandenong shops opposite the Hotel with garage to the right. 8 men in foreground with smoke clearly visible.

Photograph - Street View, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 1 in Olinda series, showing a view of the Main Street of Olinda late 1930s. V.J. Boulter's Olinda General Store with butcher and bakery in foreground. Road not yet made.

Historical information

Number 1 in commercial series.

Photograph - The Park Family of Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal photograph of the Park family who took up Lot 16, Section 3 of the Mooroolbark Village Settlement. L - R are George, Jack, Mrs Park (Elspeth), Will, Mr Park, Mary (Mrs McGowan). The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Park Family of Olinda L to R George Jack Mrs Park (Elspeth) Will Mr Park Mary (Mrs McGowan)