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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 - 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 - 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 - Main Road, Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Boy standing at side of Main Road, Kalorama with sign post and house in background.

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 - The Curry Family

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Posed group photo of the Curry family. 10 people in the photo.

Photograph - Harold B. Herbert At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Harold B. Herbert, painter, standing beside The Rock at Sunnyside, South Sassafras (now Kallista). His hat, on top of The Rock, has a sign on it that reads "Not In Use". There is a sign on the side of The Rock reading " Buy an AM and see life.

Photograph - On The Main Road, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Photo Series Giant Postcard # 146 showing the Main Road looking towards Sassafras with two cars coming towards the photographer. Old Post Office on the corner LHS. c1940

Historical information

Copy of Photo Series Giant Postcard number 146

Photograph - ANZAC DAY 1952

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of a photograph showing children from Mt Dandenong State School at an ANZAC Commemoration at the school in 1952. There are four girls and three boys standing behind the School WW1 Honour Board that is surrounded by wreaths of flowers.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of photograph: ANZAC DAY 1952 MOUNT DANDENONG STATE SCHOOL NO: 3284

Photograph - Pit Silo 1974 view

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph taken in 1974 showing John Lundy-Clarke standing beside the pit silo he dug in he 1920s on Dunbar's Lot 20 of the Village Settlement. The pit silo was to hold cut maize to turn into silage for a food supply for the cows in the winter.

Inscriptions & Markings

A 1974 view of the pit silo and its maker at Lot 20 of the Village Settlement (Dunbar’s lot) The trees in the background cover the landslide of 1891-1934.

Photograph - View from Mt Dandenong Observatory Car Park. 1953

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph taken from the Observatory car park at Mt Dandenong in 1953. Now the site of the Sky High restaurant. House in foreground. Photograph taken by Sydney Walter Jackson.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: Mt Dandenong Country Aug53

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 - 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 - 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 - Main Road to Mt Evelyn, Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View down Main Road, Kalorama towards Mt Evelyn.

Photograph - Gill's Store Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph showing E.M. Gill's Store in Main Street Olinda. As well as a general Store and Newsagency it served as the booking office for US Motors. There are no power poles so this dates the photograph as before 1927.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gill's Place handwritten on back of photograph.

Photograph - Laurie at The Rock on William Street Kalorama, April 1941.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of man, Laurie ? standing on a rock formation in William Street, Kalorama in April 1941.

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.

Photograph - 1908 View of Kalorama Gap From the Main Road.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of the Kalorama Gap from main Road (now Ridge Road), looking across Walker's raspberry patch with Mountjoy coaching stables on the LHS and Mountjoy Guest House in centre. Price's house and shop on the RHS.

Photograph - Warwick Farm On Olinda Road

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photo Series Pictorial Postcard # 981 showing the property Warwick Farm on Olinda Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back: PHOTO SERIES Pictorial Postcards. Published by S. Jamieson Bros. Alphington Vic. Phone Northcote 60

Photograph - Snow Scene Main Street Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Cars and small bus in Main Street Olinda during heavy snow c1950.

Photograph - View From Seat of Jeeves Coach

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View the driver would have from horse drawn coach. CRB (Main) Road between Wombat Road and Falls Road. c1921. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

View from seat of Jeeves Coach over horses while being driven along the new CRB road between Wombat Road and Falls Rd 1921.

Photograph

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of people outside Sunnyside building at South Sassafras (now Kallista). L to R: Frank Roberts, R H Croll, C. Web Gilbert, J G Roberts, Roberta Roberts. Front is Bert Roberts with dog.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Mrs. Roberts, C. Web Gilbert 1.5.14 Sunnyside South Sassafras. G.G.M. Photo

Photograph - The New Garden Mountain Grange Kalorama 1931

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of garden and part of circular paths. Man in suit holding young child on right hand side.

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 - Sim Kent's Bullocks at Coonara Springs, 1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph showing Sim Kent's bullocks at Coonara Springs in 1911. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1911 Sim Kent’s bullock team turning into their home paddock in Mernda Road at Coonara Springs after which the road is now named.

Photograph - David Low At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

David Low (cartoonist) with pipe in hand leaning on The Rock at Sunnyside. Omnibus visible in the background.

Inscriptions & Markings

David Low

Photograph - Jeanie Richardson

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph of studio portrait taken of Jeanie Richardson, wife of John William (Willie) Richardson, who was the son of Jabez Richardson an early pioneer of the area. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jeanie Richardson nee Green. Born 1871. Died 1916. Mother of Reuben, William, Jean. Copy of photo held by Reuben Richardson of Roma.

Photograph - Woolrich family and Friends

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

L - R Ted Woolrich, Auntie Alice, Iris Woolrich, Stan's daughter,Alice Hamilton, Stan's wife, Stan O'Connor.

Photograph - Debutante Ball, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph of Olinda Debutantes from Mendelssohn Studio c1948 labelled 'Proof Only'. 10 girls featured in posed photograph. The debutantes were presented to Sir George Knox. Back Row - Left to Right Joan Ebbels, Meilma Green (Biddy), Natalie Marks. Centre Row - Left to Right Norma Babidge, Joan Ryan, Alison Earney, Jessie Thompson, Margery Brann, Mavis Trevena, Merion Ebbels. Flower Girls - Left to Right Helen Ryan, Roberta Ebbels (Pidge).

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Miss Perriman on Main Highway, Kalorama 1931.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Back view of Miss Perriman walking along the Main Highway, Kalorama, in the snow in 1931.

Photograph - Kalorama Methodist Church at FiveWays c1994

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The church was built in 1910 or 1911 by local labour. It was closed in the early 1970's, perhaps at the time that the Uniting Church was formed. At this time, 1994, it was occupied as a residence. When Alison Cassidy purchased the building in ? to establish 'Yumbada', the 2 porch windows were purchased by the Historical Society for $70 (cost of removal).

Photograph - Omnibus At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

J G Roberts sitting reading a book on top of one of his old, decommissioned omnibuses that he used at Sunnyside for extra accommodation & shedding. Sunnyside can be seen in the background. The omnibus has been placed on stilts.

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 - Mountain Highway Near St. Michael's Church, Mt. Dandenong, Vic.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series post card taken c1950. St. Michael's Foundation Stone laid in 1940. Name 'Mountain Highway" is incorrect as the Mountain Highway was the Sassafras - Basin Road though it may not have received that name by 1950. The correct name is the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at Mt. Dandenong / Kalorama as Falls Road is the boundary. Note: Heavy roadside vegetation, no white lines at side of road. White car probably pre war Vauxhall.

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 2415

Photograph - Group With Coach At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Taken at Sunnyside, country home of J G Roberts at South Sassafras (now Kallista). Group of 8 people inside and outside coach. Top back L to R: Unknown, Unknown, Roberta Roberts. Top Front L to R: C J Dennis, Bert Roberts, J G Roberts. Inside: Bill Coleman, Frank Roberts.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong School 3284 1932

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal School photograph taken of students in front of school building in 1932.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph a stamp: G.E.HAINS Photographer 61 HARCOURT ST. HAWTHORN EAST. E3 1/6

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 - Woolrich Service Car

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jim Woolrich driving the Woolrich Service Car. Sign reads Sassafras - Olinda. Jim and his father George set up the car service in 1917 but it did not last long.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jim Woolrich in their Touring Car.

Photograph - Tea Time at the Mount Dandenong Golf Club at Mountain Grange 1912

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

A 9 hole golf course was laid out somewhere in the grounds of Mountain Grange.

Photograph - Painting of Mountain Grange c1920

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph of a painting by artist Nora Gurdon of Kalorama depicting Mountain Grange and the Great Barn. The painting was lent to Robert Barrow in 1997 for the Mt Dandenong Primary School Centenary. After his death it was held by the Mt. Dandenong & District Historical Society until it was returned to Elizabeth Law-Smith (grand-daughter of Thomas and Eliza Hand) in 2005. Elizabeth Law-Smith lent the Jeeves photographs for copying. The Historical Society only has a photograph of the painting. A photograph of a second painting of a similar scene that is owned locally is also attached.

Photograph - High Jump Olinda Sports Carnival 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene from the Easter Monday Olinda Sports Carnival in 1909 with Alan Dodd clearing the high jump bar and Ernie Schneider standing to the left of the bar. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1909 Alan Dodd clearing the bar. Ernie Schneider to the left of the bar.

Photograph - Rowse Brothers Worman's Cottage

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1972 photograph of the Rowse Brothers workman's cottage built on the bank of the Olinda Creek in 1938.This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rowse Bros Workman’s Cottage built in 1938 on bank of the Olinda Creek at the 800’ contour on Crown Allotment 925B of materials and bricks taken on demolishing in the same year the house built in 1897 for J.W. Richardson before his marriage to Jeanie Green and their family’s home till 1912 when they went to Queensland. Sold to Rowses in 1913 was Rowse family home till the thirties then workman’s cottage. Chimney built by J. Lundy-Clarke. Picture Dec 1972 by JLC.

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 - Kamanange c1930

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Kamanange - partly built c1930