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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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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.

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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 - Mt Dandenong School 3284 1937

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal school photograph showing staff and students of Mt Dandenong State School No. 3284 taken in 1937. Mounted on stiff cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear of photograph: Betty Jeeves (Law Smith) 3rd from right second front row. Ken Jeeves 1st left, back row. Stamped on back G.E.HAINS Photographer 61 HARCOURT ST. HAWTHORN EAST, E3 1/6

Photograph - Kenloch Party 1923

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Staged photograph of 'Olinda School Party' at Kenloch. Used as a Christmas card by the Kenloch owners Mr & Mrs T. Kennon in 1923. The Kennon family were strong supporters of Olinda State School.

Photograph - Jack Dodd of Olinda With Family 1904

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jack Dodd, son of George Dodd with his wife and children Alan (eldest), Fred and Guy. c1904. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jack Dodd and wife nee Thomas with children Alan the eldest, Fred and Guy.

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)

Photograph - Post Office Mt Dandenong North c1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Landscape view. Mountjoy on hill, post office and residence with fence and sign post. Mrs Eliza Hand and (probably) Miss Florence hand outside. Another person standing on Ridge Road on the left. On right, the Methodist Church.

Photograph - US Motors Bus

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph showing a US Motors bus in Main Street Olinda under snow. US Motors depot in background. Late 1940s

Photograph - Group at the Log Cabin

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The Log Cabin Cafe was built by Jack Dodd for Miss Agnes Portelli in 1926. Miss Portelli ran the Log Cabin for many years with assistance from her niece, Evelyn Earney (nee Anstey) and other local girls. The photograph shows Evelyn Earney (LHS), Agnes Portelli (Centre) with unnamed visitors.

Photograph - Eliza Hand on the Verandah of her Shop 1907

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1907 photoghraph of Eliza Hand (Grandma Hand), Florence Hand (Aunt Florrie) and little Gert on the verandah of the Beulah Tea Rooms at FiveWays (The Gap). This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

1907. Eliza Hand on the verandah of her shop at Kalorama gap with her daughter Florence. Opened as "Beulah Tearooms" it was made a post office in 1909 and Florence Hand became post mistress. It remained active till 1923 when, the building having been sold to Miss McPhee she built the Fiveways store alongside and moved the post office to another room. The verandah was pulled down but the room is still there (1974) facing Ridge Road at the west end of the complex. Eliza died 1918. Florence died 1968.

Photograph - Jessie Wyles at Emerald Creek

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Young girl in a white pinafore and large, white hat sitting on a rock at the edge of Emerald Creek. Reverse of photograph has handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Emerald Creek Emerald Creek with Jessie Wyles

Photograph - Mary Card's Cottage

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mary Card's cottage where she lived with her sister Harriet on the left. Miss Card was a well known writer of works on crochet. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mary Card who owned the cottage on the left was a journalist whose writings on crochet work was known world wide.

Photograph - Hubert Jeeves A.I.F. Group

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Large photograph of Hubert Jeeves' A.I.F. group.

Photograph - The Settlement of Harmony Vale 1913

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of the settlement of Harmony Vale taken in 1913 with the guest house Kia Ora, built by George Barber in 1909, in the foreground. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

The settlement of Harmony Vale 1913. The large home in foreground is the Guest House “Kia Ora” owned by George Barber on Lot 25 of the Village Settlement. The house above it to the left was Richardson’s house. The home of Jeanie who had left it when the picture was taken.The buildings furthest to the right of “Kia Ora” were the homestead of Isaac Jeeves of 1863 – 1871 the building furthest right with the black opening in it was the house with the tree fern floor. The flat ground above and left of Isaac’s pointed roof barn is where the creek changed its course in the 1934 flood and destroyed £4000 worth of the Rowse family’s tulip bulbs. Above the flat is Francis Matthew Child’s homestead, in the creek to the right of which can be seen the horizontal structure of the swing bridge to the sawmill of the Childs Bros which cannot be seen but in the forest to the right of the mill (bridge) can be seen a number of logs in the mill yard. The two cleared strips immediately behind Childs home were the Richardson’s original holdings and the house in the gully at the far side of the great clearing is that of the guest house “Glenrivers” belonging to W Lucas and his wife Catherine nee Child. The Richardson homestead “Harmony Vale” is behind the forest trees in the right centre. The picture gives a full view of how the settlement was cut into the centre of the great forest.

Photograph - Jeeves Family Group taken in Mountjoy Garden 1916

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photo probably taken before Fred sent overseas with AIF. Standing L - R are Ellis, Frederick, ? , ?, ?, Florence. Seated L - R are Eliza, Marjorie, Lily. Children L - R are ?, ?.

Photograph - Pegs on clothesline at Robinson Property in Scenic Cres, Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Outside view of Robinson family property in Scenic Cres, Kalorama. Clothesline with pegs attached to house.

Photograph - Kyeema Cairn 2003

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The cairn commemorating the Kyeema aircraft disaster with the addition of a smaller plaque listing the names of those who perished in the accident. This additional plaque was suggested by relatives of the victims who had attended earlier commemorations of the accident at the site. Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society members observed a minute's silence and drank a toast of South Australian wine, produced by vineyards with which some of the victims were associated, in memory of all those who lost their lives. The plaque reads: KYEEMA VH-UYC CREW AND PASSENGERS CAPTAIN ALFRED WEBB JUNIOR CAPTAIN ALLAN STEEN AIR HOSTESS ALVA JONES CADET PILOT PHILIP PRING LEONARD ABRAHAMS K.C. ALFRED GAIN HANS GLOE STELLA GLOE GORDON GODDARD HUGO GRAMP THOMAS HARDY CHARLES HAWKER M.H.R. GEORGE LING JAMES MASSIE VAUGHAN PATE ELIZABETH SCHRADER LANCELOT SHIRLEY SIDNEY HILL SMITH

Photograph - Car On New Road Blocked By Tree

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Site said to be the new Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road a short distance past present Silvandale Store (Kalorama Post Office now). Early model vehicle and passengers delayed by tree across road. Not much progress being made with axe.

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 - St Matthew's Anglican Church Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View from Monash Avenue of St Matthew's Anglican Church with snow covering ground. The church was built in 1903, but this photograph is post 1935 as the Church Hall can be seen behind the trees on the left.

Photograph - View of valley looking south over 'Kalorama' towards falls.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View taken 1908 looking south over 'Kalorama', home of Ellis and Eliza Jeeves, across the valley towards the falls.This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

View taken 1908 of valley looking south over “Kalorama” towards the falls. House right of “Kalorama” was Paynter’s “Iona” on Lot 29. Faintly below line of Barber’s Road above “Kalorama” is Logan’s house on Lot 28. House against orchard was Pimm’s later Prince’s Lot 19. Big trees on right were on Price’s Lot 18 and were between Tosari Rd and Rosemont Cres. It was FROM one of these being cut up in 1931 that the round length log weighing ½ a ton got away from the splitters and raced down the hill in bounces, one of which cleared Barber’s Rd and Logan’s house in leaping from the fence line above the road.

Photograph - Mrs Ellis Jeeves, nee Eliza Hand

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Well dressed, middle aged lady, propietor of Mountjoy. Ellis Jeeves ran the coach service and Eliza ran the guest-house at Mountjoy.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Sports Day November 1997 with parents watching and children participating.

Photograph - FiveWays, Kalorama Looking Towards Silvan Dam.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Close up of elm tree at FiveWays with a man and woman seated on stone bank and a man standing under the tree. Silvan Dam visible in distance. (2 copies)

Photocopy - 'Glenrivers' guests at the tennis courts c1925

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Glenrivers Guest-house was owned by William Lucas. He migrated here with George Barber. Both married local girls. Glenrivers was also a Game Farm. Names of tennis players not recorded.

Photograph - Southall's Newsagency Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph from the Olinda township showing view of Southall's Newsagency with milkbar and confectionary. There are many old advertising signs clearly visible. The road is not yet made so this would place the date around the late 1920s.

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 - Mrs Norman Jones, nee Lily Jeeves

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Norman Jones, nee Lily Jeeves

Photograph - Group At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of six people taken at Sunnyside, country home of John and Roberta Roberts at South sassafras (now Kallista). Front L to R: Robert Croll, C. Web Gilbert, Frank Roberts. Back L to R: Mrs Roberta Roberts, Bert Roberts, J. G. Roberts.

Photograph - Cairn at Kyeema Crash Site 1988

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Visitors at the 1988 Service to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Kyeema Crash. LHS - friend of Miss Delphine Goddard, sister of passenger Gordon Goddard and RHS- Patricia Hogan from Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society.

Photograph - George Dodd With Daughter Jessie 1890

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1890 picture of George Dodd and his daughter Jessie (Mrs Ebbels) with the Dodd home in the background. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1890 picture of George Dodd with his daughter Jessie (Mrs Ebbels) with the Dodd home in the background. Remains of the house were burned in the bushfires between 1910 and 1926 when Alan grandson of George and his wife Vera, nee Devine, started to build their home on the same spot and developed the present extensive flower farm “Rainbow Gully”.

Photograph - Olinda State School In Snow

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow at Olinda Primary School c1930s. Children playing in school ground.

Photograph - The New Road to Mt. Dandenong Vic. c1935

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

c1935. Enlarged for display from Rose postcard 'New Road' (Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road). Completed by 1930 but no bitumen as yet. Road not wider and rail along outer edge.

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 332

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Student standing on section of play equipment in Miss Bell Playground 1997.

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 - 'Folly Farm' in Falls Road, Olinda 1914

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Dr Leonard Bell Cox (1894-1976) was a noted neurologist and collector. He had a family cottage 'Folly Farm' at Olinda, the garden of which had input from Edna Walling. He moved permanently to 'Folly Farm' in 1962. In his glasshouse, he propagated and cultivated rhododendrons and camellias, and gathered rare species. He helped to form the National Rhododendron Garden at Olinda, providing many specimens from his beautiful garden. This photograph showing a group of people on the balcony of 'Folly Farm' was taken in 1914 and the cottage looks to have been newly built. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dr Cox’s “Folly Farm” Falls Road Olinda. Lot 19 Section 3 Village Settlement. Taken 1914 copied 1974 by J.L.C.

Photograph - Jim Woolrich

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jim Woolrich, brother of Ted and son of George Woolrich dressed in a suit, tie and hat. In 1917 Jim started a passenger car service from Ferntree Gully to Olinda with his father, George. This did not last long. Around 1919 Jim had started a nursery on part of his father's land in Olinda. He produced and sold flowers and foliage to shops.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jim Woolrich

Photograph - Feeding the Kookaburras at Mountain Grange

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Unnamed woman feed four kookaburras in the garden at Mountain Grange.

Photograph - Fox's Point Scenic Railway Kalorama c1955

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Built by Stanley Neil Fox-Croft to covey building materials. Later developed for passengers

Photograph - Snow at FiveWays, Kalorama, 1931.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow scene at FiveWays showing old lamp post, cars and warmly dressed people. Looking towards house and store, now the gallery. 1931

Photograph - Portrait Photo of Thomas Hand and Eliza Hand c1882.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Thomas, Eliza and eight children lived at Mountain Grange. Thomas was employed as an engineer for Lillydale Shire, but died suddenly in 1882, aged 42. About 1910, Eliza and her daughter Florence opened the Kalorama Post Office. Eliza died in 1918.

Photograph - Main Street Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

c1950 Snow scene in Main Street Olinda with old car parked outside the store of J.H. Gill.

Photograph - Boy at the Water Pump Mountain Grange1931

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Unknown young boy at the water pump which is presumed to have been somewhere near the house, perhaps close to the Karwarra Gardens site.

Photograph - Kamanange c1930

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Kamanange - partly built c1930

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 - Snowman at Post Office Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of people building a very large snowman outside the Olinda Post Office and Wine Hall. The Wine Hall was built by Joseph Gutmann in 1900 and the Post Office opened in 1901. Photo is from c1920s.

Photograph - Quamby Cottage

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Quamby Cottage LHS and Quamby Café the larger building RHS. Cottage and café built by the Dorey family in 1914. Photograph taken from the hill opposite (possibly near Cloudehill on Olinda -Monbulk Road. Cottage was destroyed by fire. Quamby Café now Cuckoo Restaurant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph - Quamby + cottage from opposite hill.

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 - Mt Dandenong School 3284 1942

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal school photograph of the students at Mt Dandenong State School taken in 1942. Mounted on stiff cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back of photograph: Betty Jeeves (Law Smith) 1st right middle row Stamp G. E. Hains Photographer 654 CANTERBURY Rd. SURREY HILLS, E10

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of 'Exersite' equipment at bottom corner of school oval with students participating in Sports day in the background. 1997.

Photograph - C.J. Dennis At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Author C.J. Dennis inside a converted omnibus at Sunnyside. Robert garibaldi Roberts accommodated his literary and artistic friends in obsolete omnibuses at his country retreat Sunnyside at South Sassafras. C.J. Dennis wrote The Sentimental Bloke at Sunnyside.

Photograph - The New Road to Mt. Dandenong, Vic.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #332 showing a windy bend on the new road c1924. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series postcard #332

Inscriptions & Markings

The Windy Bend in 1924. Landslide of 1971 occurred at lower right hand corner.