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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.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 182 Olinda Victoria 3788
phone
+61 03 9728 1437

Contact

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 $20 for an individual membership and $30 for a couple.

Location

Farndons Community Hall 42 Falls Road Mt Dandenong Victoria

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Photograph - Snow South of Quamby Cafe

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three people walking along snow covered road south of Quamby Café in Olinda. c1921. Snow laden bushes line the road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back in pen: Snow scene Olinda 1921 or earlier. South of Quamby.

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 - Miss Daisy Rowse

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Daisy Rowse, daughter of W. Rowse.

Photograph - 'Mountain Grange', Homestead of Thomas Hand and Family.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View through trees of Mountain Grange, home of the Hand family. Now the site of Kalorama Memorial Reserve and Karwarra Gardens.

Photograph - Eunice Chapman nee Haddrick

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio photograph of Eunice Chapman, nee Haddrick, Ed Chapman's mother. Late 1800s

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo - Eunice Chapman nee Hadrick.

Photograph - Bushfire, 1935, near Kamanange in Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene of the smoky bush following a fire neat the Robinson property, Kamanange in Scenic Cres, Kalorama in 1935.

Photograph - Mrs Charles Henry

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Charles Henry nee Florence Jeeves

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 - Jeeves Coach on CRB Road at Foot of Farringdon Road Kalorama, 1920

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene looking down Farringdon Road showing Jeeves horse drawn coach going along the CRB road (Mt Dandenong Tourist Road) in 1920. Detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jeeves Coach on CRB road at foot of Farringdon Road Kalorama (Mt Dandenong North) 1920. Road was formed most of the length from Montrose by contractors Bladin and Dick employing Robert Logan the younger, in 1919 and lay unmetalled till metalled by the contractors in 1922. Mountain ash trees in foreground were on Thomas Hand’s original 23 acre holding. Those beyond coach were on Isaac Jeeves original 160 acre holding Selection Crown Allotment 925(B). This was the area forming part of the inheritance lost by John William Richardson because of the expense of his wife’s illness. Hand enlarged his 23 acres to 305 in 1874. William and his family grew large crops of raspberries on his area, part of which is in the foreground. It had been cleared by his father’s employees before 1877. The section below the Main Road was cultivated by Fred hand, son of William and grandson of Thomas in the twenties before he moved to Redcliffes where he is today (1974). Comment by John Lundy-Clarke 10.5.1974

Photograph - Special Occasion at Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of eight young ladies dressed up in bonnets and aprons for a special occasion at Olinda. It may be the Violets Festival. The location appears to be the balcony at Kenloch. Wilma Bartlett, Gwen Evans, Mona Griffin, Norrie Bartlett, Joan Boulter, ? , Jean Patterson, Peggy Hall.

Photograph - Snow at Mt Dandenong Primary School 1995.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow at Mt Dandenong Primary School 5th September 1995. Snow lasted 3 days.

Photograph - DC-3 Fly-over At 60th Anniversary Of Kyeema Crash in 1998

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Picture taken through treetops of fly-over at the 60 year anniversary of the October 25th 1938 Kyeema aircraft disaster. The DC-3, Kanana VH-ABR, was a new aircraft that was scheduled to enter service at Essendon Airport the week after the Kyeema disaster in 1938. Now 60 years old, the Kanana is being maintained in airworthy condition by volunteers. On the day of the fly-over it was flown by retired airline Captains John Dorwood and Lionel Griffith.

Photograph - Home Of Francis Matthew Child

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph showing the homestead of Francis Matthew Child.This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke.

Historical information

The homestead of Francis Matthew Child taken from the forest area downstream of Child Bros. Sawmill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Francis Matthews home on Crown Allotment “E” taken from the forest edge of Harry Child miners lease on which he had his mill. Mill was upstream to the left. The trees in the background were on Hand’s selection “F” and beyond them was the summit of Mt Kalorama.

Photograph - The Busy Corner

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Jeeves Saddle in 1907 showing everyday life and including important people and businesses from early settlement - Dodd's grocery and meat cutting carts; Beulah tea Rooms/Post Office; Mrs Hand, Fred Jeeves, Theo Hand.This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

“Jeeves Saddle” in 1907. Isaac Jeeves special strip of land Crown Allotment “C” 7 chains wide, lay between the sledge load of pea stalks and the far end of the verandah on Mrs Hand’s “Beulah Tea Rooms” which soon afterwards became the Mt Dandenong North Post Office. The coach road came up from the right behind the tall stump. The big woman in black was Mrs Hand. The wagon at the shop was Dodd’s grocery cart. The nearer wagon was the first coach on the mountain which had belonged to Briarty. The small cart was Dodd’s meat cutting cart. The elm trees are in the centre of the picture and above them is Price’s sign advertising their shop and newsagency. The big house is “Mountjoy” burnt 1975. Walker’s house is among the big trees left centre. Boy at horse’s head is Fred Jeeves. Boy on sledge is Theo Hand. The horse is “Blossom”. Barbers Road goes to the left from behind the elm trees.

Photograph - The Chalet, Olinda, Victoria

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Rose Series Postcard depicting "The Chalet" guest house at Olinda. Built c1906, The Chalet was situated at the southern corner of Chalet and McCarthy Roads. The building was destroyed by fire in 1935 and Ted Woolrich acquired the land.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: The Rose Series P. 397

Photograph - Ellis Jeeves c1910

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Ellis Jeeves with Mountjoy verandah in the background. Wife Eliza . Propietor of Mountjoy and Mt Dandenong Coach Service

Photograph - Selina with grandaughter

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Seated is 'Aunt Selina', Lena Green's mother with her granddaughter. July 1949

Inscriptions & Markings

To Dear Iris and Ted, from Aunt Selina. July 1949

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 - Kamanange - Scenic Cres, Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Robinson Family holiday house. Family car in driveway.

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.

Photograph - Alice and Norman Hamilton

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio portrait of Alice Dorey and Norman Hamilton taken in 1917. Alice married Norman in 1918. Alice was the sister of Iris Dorey and helped run Quamby Café.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Dear Iris With Love From Alice & Norman August 11th 1917

Photograph - Beating out a Bushfire in Kalorama, Jan 1932.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Men beating out a bushfire on Mrs. Williamson's property at Kalorama in Jan, 1932.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong School 1935

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal Mt Dandenong School photograph from 1935. Mounted on stiff cardboard. There is a small view of the school building at the top of the photograph. Suggested names are as follows: Back Row - ?, Laurie Bowman, ?, ?, Brian Tonkin Snr, Reg Grieve, ?, ?, Jackie Bridgeland, Bill Hodgson. 3rd Row - Mr Wherry (Headmaster), Violet Oliver, Esme Jeeves, Frances Hoskin, Yvonne Dower, ....Dixon, ...Dickson, ?, ?, ...Dyson, Noel Grieve, Ken Jeeves, ?, Miss Claribel Bowman (Junior Teacher). 2nd Row - ?, ?, ?, ?, Elsie Oliver, Dorothy Jeeves, Monnie Bowman, Edna Hodgson, Marjorie Dower, ?, Irene Jeeves. 1st Row - Pat Clutterbuck (seated), Betty Wherry (Headmaster's daughter), Verna Dewitt, R Rivett, ?, Norma Jeeves, ....Dyson, ?, Percy Dyson, Donald Jeeves, Laurence Jeeves, Robert Dower, Arthur Upfield Jnr (seated)

Photograph - Mount Dandenong School grounds with snow. c1940s

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Children playing in the snow in grounds of Mount Dandenong School. Flagpole to RHS. c 1940s.

Photograph - Entrance To Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

J. G. Roberts with his son Bert (sitting on gate) at the entrance to his country home Sunnyside at South Sassafras (now Kallista).

Inscriptions & Markings

Entrance To Sunnyside GGM

Photograph - Mr and Mrs Ellis Jeeves in Mountjoy Garden

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Eliza Jeeves is seated, Ellis Jeeves is standing. Both are dressed formally. Oval picture.

Photograph - Olinda 1903

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Olinda Main Street 1903 with Peter Witt's blacksmith in the foreground opposite Hodges' Smithy and the Mission Hall. Reverse of photograph has handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olinda 1903 One of the photos which were used to compile the Panorama

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 - Charles Dorey

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Charles Dorey, Grandfather of Iris Woolrich nee Dorey. Husband of Emma nee Biggin. Iris' father, Edwin Charles Dorey, born in 1855, was the first of of 10 siblings.

Photograph - The Peace Memorial FiveWays, Kalorama c1994

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Constructed from a single piece of local stone. Ellis Park in background. Child seated is Victoria Wall about 5 years old.