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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 (map)
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

42 Falls Road Farndons Community Hall Mt Dandenong Victoria

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Judy Dalgleish 19 June 2020 6:06 PM

I sent a request last week for any publication or information on the Jeeves family, who owned Mountjoy guest house for a number of years. My neighbour is Esme (nee Jeeves) Peagram and she is 93 and in poor health. Very keen to get some more details for her and what purpose Mountjoy was used for during WW2.

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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 - Wood Chop Olinda 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of spectators and participants at the Wood Chop event during the Olinda Sports Carnival, Easter Monday 1909. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wood chop Olinda 1909. Easter Monday Sports

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 - 'The Busy Corner' FiveWays c1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Landscape view of Ridge and Barbers Roads showing Mountjoy Guest House on crest, Mt Dandenong North Post Office, three delivery carts and people. Lower LH corner Fred Jeeves (standing), Theo Hand (on wagon) and Blossom (horse).

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Hotel, Olinda, Vic

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #4971 showing the car park c1950. Pre war and early post war cars. Note the Service Car to the right. You booked a seat and travelled door to door to the city in comfort.

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 4971

Photograph - Sign Indicating Kyeema Crash Site 1988

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Simple wooden sign indicating the site of the Kyeema aircraft crash on the western slope of Mt Dandenong. The accident occurred on October 25th, 1938. All 18 onboard were killed.

Photograph - Group at Maroondah Dam 1953

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph of 11 adults and 3 children posing at Maroondah Dam in December 1953. Possibly an outing of workers from Woolrich Nursery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse in pencil: Maroondah Dam Dec 1953

Photograph - Mary Dorey

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio photograph of Mary Dorey (1883-1918). The photograph, mounted on thick cardboard was taken by Stewart & Co. 284 - 286 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: Mary Dorey

Photograph - Isaac Jeeves' Barn

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph showing a large wooden structure surrounded by trees. Handwritten inscription on reverse by John Lundy-Clarke.

Historical information

Large barn built c1886 by Isaac Jeeves the younger on his property where the homestead 'Shiloah' stood. The barn was reputedly made from timbers split from only one messmate tree. Originally the home of Isaac Jeeves, brother of Ellis Jeeves, ‘Shiloah’ was enlarged to take guests in the early 1900s. It was situated close to a beautiful fern gully and Isaac and his family capitalised on this by setting out walking tracks through the ferns. They charged 1/- to walk through and this included afternoon tea in a garden setting. ‘Shiloah’ was a popular tourist attraction but the making of the Olinda Creek Road destroyed the fern gullies and, by the 1930s, it was all finished. John Lundy-Clarke grew up in the Kalorama/Mt Dandenong area and later in life (1972-74) began to write a comprehensive history of the area working from an original settlement map in an effort to cover all areas.

Inscriptions & Markings

Home of Isaac Jeeves the younger. Built about 1886 of timbers split from one messmate tree. Photo 1973

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 - Iris Woolrich With Church Officials

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Iris Woolrich with a group of Church officials. L to R: Rev Stephen Coggins, Padre Frank Oliver, Rev A.C. Miles (wheelchair), Iris Woolrich, Archbishop Woods, Mr John Spicer (diocesan lay reader). c1980

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse with green pen: L to R: Rev Stephen Coggins, Padre Frank Oliver, Rev A.C. Miles (wheelchair), Mrs. Iris Woolrich, Archbishop Woods, Mr John Spicer (diocesan lay reader).

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 - 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 - Frederick Jeeves and A.I.F. Mate

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Frederick Jeeves (LHS) and A.I.F. mate posed beside an Australian Army truck.

Photograph - Pony Club Outside Olinda Garage 1960s

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Olinda garage on corner of Range Road and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road. Pony Club with 4 horses on grass. ralph Jones was garage owner at this time. Dragster bike on road indicates early 1960s.

Photograph - Motorcycle and Sidecar in Snow, Olinda.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

A motorcycle with sidecar travelling down a snow covered road at Olinda. possibly Chalet Road. c1921.

Photograph - Edith Dorey, her mother and baby Fred.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio portrait of Edith Emma Dorey (nee Spooner), wife of Fred Dorey, with her mother and baby Fred. c1919

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 - Post Office Sassafras

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white copy of GGM photograph showing a group of five well dressed men in the foregroundbehind a large log with the Post Office and Telegraph office on the left.

Historical information

View of Hinkley Guest House on the left where the Post Office occupied a room in the front corner. The post operated from 1912 until 1937 when the building burned down. The Post Office then moved up to one of the Cadby Cottages near Rostrevor. The empty block of land next to Hinkley was where Sassafras School was built a few years later.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front - POST OFFICE SASSAFRAS G.G.M.

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 - Quamby Cafe

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Rear view of Quamby Café at Olinda. Garden setting with clothesline visible bottom LHS. Quamby Tea Rooms built by the Dorey Family in 1914. Now the Cuckoo restaurant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph - Quamby back view

Photograph - Worker's Hut

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of a photograph depicting a man sitting on a chair reading outside a worker's hut at Mt Dandenong. The hut is small and crudely made from tree slabs. Two tall tree ferns are at the front. The trees at the rear of the picture are possibly ringbarked in preparation for clearing. Early 1900s

Photograph - The Rock, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Close up photograph of 'The Rock', a popular tourist destination at Olinda since the late 1800s. The Rock is situated adjacent to the old Olinda Golf Course. The views from The Rock have now been overgrown. This postcard style photograph is c1921.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back in pen: The Rock Olinda.

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 - 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 - '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 - The Valley of the Harmony Vale Settlement c1910.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene looking across the valley of Harmony Vale from Barbers Road. c1910. Photograph copied by John Lundy-Clarke in 1973. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

The valley of the Harmony Vale settlement on the Olinda Creek from Barbers Road. "Shiloah" on far left centre. John William Richardson's home among trees left of centre. Homestead Harmony Vale above log yard (see below) and among orchard trees. Child Bros sawmill and log yard with logs among trees above flat cultivation right of centre. Bert Childs home beyond "Harmony Vale". Lucas' "Glenrivers" is in gully above main clearing centre top left. Frank Childs home among trees centre of picture. Taken about 1910 by Rose Series. Copied 1974 JLC.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Hotel with Blue Dandenongs Service Car

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Front view of Mount Dandenong Hotel with Blue Dandenongs Service car in foreground. Travellers booked a seat for door to door service to the city. The hotel opened in 1935. The Olinda Garage was built by Sam Patterson to service 'Service Cars' but had no petrol.

Photograph - Olinda State School in Snow

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Outdoor scene at Olinda State School Number 3494 showing a group of school children throwing snowballs. The school was opened in 1906. This photo was taken mid 1920s.