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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 - Kyeema Crash Wreckage 1938

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph showing twisted metal and broken trees at the site of the Kyeema DC-2 aircraft crash into the western slope of Mt Dandenong on 25th October 1938. All 18 on board perished.

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 - 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 - 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)

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 - The Main Road, Sassafras

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small b & w photograph from a series of 8 showing scenes from Sassafras produced by the Rose Stenograph Co. c1913.

Historical information

This set of 8 photographs was produced by the Rose Stenograph Co. c1913 to be included in photograph albums. The show tourist scenes of Sassafras and surrounds. The photographs were donated by a family in Western Australia whose parents lived in Sassafras c1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse - The Main Road, Sassafras.

Photograph - Snow at Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Car parked in an Olinda street during heavy snowfall. c1950

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 - 'Hillcrest' on Mernda Road, Olinda 1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Front view of 'Hillcrest' the Devine family home on Mernda Road, Olinda taken in 1911. The road deviation passed to the right of where the photographer was standing. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

“Hillcrest” the home of the Devine family 1911 in Mernda Road now Coonara Road. The road was deviated here to regrade it and the deviation past to the right of the camera. The house fronted down over the valley of the Sassafras Creek towards Kallista. It was close to the spot where the camera stood that the girls practiced the maypole dance in 1911. Vera Devine trained 11 of her mates in the dance here.

Photograph - View of 'RangeView' Nursery, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard format with old tree fern in foreground and Range View Nursery, Olinda on hill in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on back of card in purple ink: E. Woolrich "Range View" Olinda Handwritten in pen: Olinda

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 - Kalorama Snow Scenes 2 & 3

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

2 & 3 Snow at Hand's Paddock (Kalorama Memorial Reserve 1939) c1931.

Photograph - Group Outside Quamby Cafe Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of two men, two women and two young girls posed outside the front of the Quamby Café at Olinda c1950s.

Photograph - Peter Johnston

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio photograph of Peter Johnston, boyfriend of Iris Dorey. Peter was killed on active service during WW1 on May 15th 1918. Photograph is in postcard format made by R Yeoman 116 Bourke Street Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: To Alice with love From Peter 18/3/14

Photograph

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of people posed outside Sunnyside in South Sassafras (now Kallista). Standing L to R: J G Roberts, Robert Croll, Harold B Herbert, Frank Roberts Seated L to R: Roberta Roberts, C J Dennis holding banjo, Gwen Eastaugh (nee Roberts)

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 - Mrs George Woolrich, Mrs Eliza Hand, Unnamed Woman.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Woolrich, nee Kate Hand with her widowed mother Eliza Hand and an unnamed woman.

Photograph - The Gap at Kalorama 1913

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1913 scene looking up to Mountjoy Guest House at the Kalorama Gap (FiveWays). Post Office and tea rooms with white picket fence. Jeeves Coach on the road. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Gap Kalorama 1913. ‘Mountjoy’ guest house. Mount Dandenong North Post Office. Jeeves coach.

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 - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Looking across from asphalted area to the 'undercover area November 1997.

Photograph - Olinda Girls Practising Maypole Dance 1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Olinda girls practise the Maypole dance at 'Hillcrest' on Mernda Road in 1911. From front left circling back are: Lois Lyons, Edie Jackson, Beth Barrow, Phyllis Murray, Amy Allen, Jessie Ebbels, Faith Beatty, Vera Devine, Maggie Schneider, Vera Watson, Hope Barrow, Dolly Witt. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1911 Olinda girls practicing the maypole dance under the direction of Vera Devine at the Devine’s home “Hillcrest” Mernda Road. Left to right from front circling 1. Lois Lyons 2. Edie Jackson 3. Beth Barrow 4. Phyllis Murray 5. Amy Allen 6. Jessie Ebbels 7. Faith Beatty 8. Vera Devine 9. Maggie Schneider 10. Vera Watson 11. Hope Barrow 12. Dolly Witt head just showing over ribbon on left. From Mrs A Dodd (Vera Devine) Copied by J.L.C. 1974

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 - 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 - Congregation of Kalorama Methodist Church 1911.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Congregation gathered for photograph at front of church. Area not yet Kalorama but known as Mt Dandenong North.

Photograph - Main Street Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

During heavy snowfall looking down Main Street Olinda towards Range Road. Old car parked outside J.H. Gill's store. c1950

Photograph - View from 'Forest Edge'

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph taken in 1973 from the property 'Forest Edge', the home of early settler George Barber. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1973.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taken November 1973 by JLC. View looking from “Forest Edge” George Barber’s old home towards Price’s Lot 18. Gap on right skyline. Broadways house centre on Lot 18. Lot 25 in foreground recently cleared by Merchant Builders. Kia Ora site centre left.

Photograph - Miss Daisy Rowse

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Daisy Rowse, daughter of W. Rowse.

Photograph - Panorama of Olinda Sections 1 & 2 c1904

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Parts 1 and 2 of a set of 4 photographs that are placed side by side to give a panorama of the Main Street of Olinda c1904. Old buildings clearly visible.

Inscriptions & Markings

No 1 of Panorama of Olinda 1904. No 2 of Panorama of Olinda 1904

Photograph - Forest Scene

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Kodak postcard sent to Alice Dorey. The forest scene shows tree ferns to the RHS with a track with steps edged with timber winding upwards on the LHS.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse of card: No 4 Dear Alice Just a couple of cards hoping this finds you all well I took Dad away I am sending you a programme of the sports at Sth Sassy would you get it put up at the Post Office

Photograph - Rail Splitters

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard with title RAIL SPLITTERS printed on the front showing three men and a boy at a large, sawn tree. They all have implements used for cutting and sawing. There is a long gun leaning on the front of the felled tree. The postcard was written by Fred Dorey and sent to his sister Mary.in 1905.

Inscriptions & Markings

POSTCARD MT. DANDENONG SERIES Handwritten in black ink on back: Miss M Dorey 35 Smith Street Fitzroy Mt Dandenong 22.10.05 Dear Mary Write & let us know if you know this photo. Mrs Grant is getting a big boarding house up and Mrs Keys is going put up a new house hoping you are well I remain Your truly Fred