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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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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 $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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Kalorama Gap in 1927

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of the Kalorama Gap (FiveWays) in 1927. Buildings shown are Jeeves' Garage, FiveWays Cafe, Nicholl's Store, Mountjoy. CRB Main Road, Ridge Road, Old Coach Road and barber's Road also visible. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Kalorama Gap in 1927. Showing Jeeves Garage Fiveways Cafe Nicholls Store 'Mountjoy' C.R.B Main Rd Center Ridge Road Right of Center Old Coach Road lower right corner behind shed Barber's Road going left through clump of trees in center

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 - The Busy Corner

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Kalorama gap taken in 1907 showing Eliza Hand outside Beulah Tea Rooms, Briartys Coach, Dodd's Grocery cart and Meat Cutting cart. In foreground Fred Jeeves is standing and Theo Hand on hay. Mountjoy is in the background.This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Kalorama Gap in 1907. The coach road comes from right behind old stump. The shop was Hand's Beulah Tea Rooms soon to become the Mt Dandenong North Post Office. Big woman in black was Mrs Hand. wagon was Dodd's Grocery cart. "Mountjoy" on hilltop. The wagon with man was the first coach on the mount (Briartys). Small cart was Dodd's meat cutting cart. Horse at sledge was "Blossom" boy at her head was Fred Jeeves. Boy on sledge was Theo hand. Elm trees in centre of picture with Prices sign advertising shop and newsagency above them.

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 - 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 - Grandma Hand, Gert and Aunt Florrie at Kalorama Post Office c1910

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Kalorama Post Office (Mt Dandenong Nth) at Five Ways c1910. The building is "Beulah Tea Rooms" which had some post office services. Grandma Hand - Eliza Hand nee Erith is in the white bonnet. Gert - Gertrude Badenhop is her grand-daughter with Florrie Hand - later Mrs Walker.

Document - The Busy Corner

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Information about photograph #KAL0059 'The Busy Corner' c19009. (2 pages)

Photograph - Devil's Elbow at Mt Dandenong Scene of Waggonette Accident 27.12.11

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Accident occurred at Devil's Elbow where now the Old Coach Road and Jasper Road meet at a cliff face. John Lundy-Clarke made a ballad about the mishap. The waggonnette was returning from an excursion to the Brooklyn Guest House in Montrose. The horses were killed and passengers presumably injured (a doctor attended). See 'The Brooklyn Dray".

Photograph - Olinda Sports Carnival 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of the crowd, both adults and children at the Olinda Sports carnival on Easter Monday 1909. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Easter Monday Sports Olinda 1909

Photograph - Kyeema Crash Cairn

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Cairn commemorating the crash of the aircraft Kyeema on the western slope of Mt Dandenong on October 25th, 1938. Photograph taken in 1988. Text on plaque reads: FIFTY METRES BELOW THIS POINT ON 25 OCT. 1938, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AIRWAYS' DC-2 'KYEEMA' PLUNGED TO DESTRUCTION WHILE THE MOUNTAIN WAS ENVELOPED IN CLOUD. ALL 18 PERSONS ON BOARD PERISHED. FROM THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SUBSEQUENT ENQUIRY HAVE EVOLVED THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS IN USE THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA TODAY. THIS PLAQUE, PLACED BY THE MOUNT DANDENONG HISTORICAL SOCIETY, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM G. GRAMP & SONS, THOS. HARDY & SONS, S. SMITH & SON, AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF AIR PILOTS AND FORESTS COMMISSION OF VICTORIA, WAS UNVEILED ON 25TH OCT. 1978 TO MARK THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER.

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 - Woolrich Service Car

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jim Woolrich, brother of Ted Woolrich, seated in Woolrich Service Car. c1920

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo - Jim Woolrich in their touring car.

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 - Olinda Falls

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 6 in Olinda series, showing view of Olinda Falls with ferns in background. Late 1930s.

Historical information

Number 6 in commercial series.

Photograph - Dodd's Store Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jack Dodd's General Store in Main Street Olinda c1909

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 - Mrs Charles Henry

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Charles Henry nee Florence Jeeves

Photograph - Ted and Iris Woolrich with Group

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Holiday snap of Ted Woolrich (1st left) and Iris Woolrich (2nd left) with a group of five relatives/friends. There is a cockatoo on a man's shoulder and two kookaburras being held by group members.

Photograph - View From Range Road, Olinda. 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1909 view of Olinda showing 'Charlemont' guest house and the Olinda school on the skyline above Dodd's stables. Range Road (The Bullock Track) is in the foireground. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1909 view of Olinda from Range Road (The Bullock Track). Showing school on skyline above Dodd’s stables with “Charlemont” on left.

Photograph - St Matthew's Sunday School, Olinda. c1935

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Young students from St Matthew's Sunday School, Olinda holding the Sunday School Shield. C 1935. The pictured shield is kept in the St Matthew's Church Hall. From the back L - R. ?, Jean Patterson, Peggy Hall, Roy Breen, Mona Griffin, ?, Gwen Evans, Douglas Hall, Bill Brown, Keith Evans, Stewart Brown, Jack Breen, Ian Ellis, ?, ?, ?, Jeff Evans, Russell Hall, ?, ?, John Miles, Frank Boulter, Joan Boulter, Geoff Miles, Joan Bartlett, Nan Breen, Thomas Hall.

Photograph - School Sports Olinda 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of school children from Olinda State school at the Sports on Mernda (now Coonara) Road in 1909. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olinda 1909 School sports on the (now) Coonara Road below the school.

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 - Jeeves Brothers and Sisters at Marjorie's 70th Birthday.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jeeves Brothers and Sisters at Marjorie's 70th Birthday 11th February 1980.

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 - Eric Haddrick 1917

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio portrait of Eric Haddrick in WW1 uniform. Brother of Eunice Chapman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mrs Dorey With best wishes from Eric Haddrick Sept 1917.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Section of Centenary Mural painted by parents and students to commemorate the school centenary 1897 - 1997.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Hotel, Olinda, Vic

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #3677 showing Mount Dandenong Hotel c1935

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 3677

Photograph - Olinda Footballers 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Posed photograph of Olinda Football Team 1909.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olinda Footballers

Photograph - Quamby now 'Cuckoo'

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Quamby Café viewed from high side of Main Road looking towards Sassafras c1930. Power lines visible and road unmade. Quamby Café built by the Dorey family in 1914. Now the Cuckoo Restaurant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front - Quamby now "Cuckoo"

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 - The Road To The Falls Mt. Dandenong. Vic.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard showing two men and two women standing on Falls Road and two girls sitting on the grassy bank. This section of Falls Road would be below the current Tourist Road. A long fence has been built on the LHS and a house with a verandah is clearly seen. Early 1900s. The postcard appears to have been sent to Jim Woolrich from Auntie Florrie.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of postcard: THE ROSE SERIES #152 THE ROAD TO THE FALLS, MT. DANDENONG. VIC. On back of postcard: Mr J Woolrich 58 Mountfield St Brunswick Wishing you many happy returns of the day from Auntie Florrie.

Photograph - Building Work at Kamanange, Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Close up view of unknown man working on an addition to the Robinson holiday house Kamanange.

Photograph - Pickers picnicking in a crop on Hillsde c1920.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Two men, a woman and a dog sitting in a crop with Mountjoy Guest-house in the distance.

Photograph - Devils Elbow Mt. Dandenong Scene of Waggonette Disaster 27.12.1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Original postcard showing a group of about 20 people surveying the scene of the Waggonette Disaster that occurred on the Coach Road at Devils Elbow on 27/12/1911. The accident occurred at Devil's Elbow where now the Old Coach Road and Jasper Road meet at a cliff face. John Lundy-Clarke made a ballad about the mishap. The waggonnette was returning from an excursion to the Brooklyn Guest House in Montrose. The horses were killed and passengers presumably injured (a doctor attended). See 'The Brooklyn Dray"

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of postcard: DEVILS ELBOW MT DANDENONG SCENE OF WAGGONETTE ACCIDENT 27.12.1911

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 - 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 - 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 - The Central Store, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph - Mary Dorey

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio photograph of Mary Dorey 1883-1918. Mary was the elder sister of Iris Dorey. Mary died on Feb 27th, 1918 after a fall downstairs at Quamby following an epileptic seizure.

Photograph - Jack Dodd of Olinda, Wife and Sons.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Posed photograph taken on verandah of house showing Jack Dodd with his wife and sons. Reverse of photograph has handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jack Dodd of Olinda, Wife and their sons.

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 - Frederick Dorey

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small studio portrait of Frederick Dorey (1891-1988). Surviving brother of Iris, Mary and Alice Dorey.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fred Dorey

Photograph - Snowfall At Chalet Road

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard made for E. Woorich "Range View" Olinda showing Chalet Road in Olinda under snow in 1921.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back in purple ink: E. Woorich "Range View" Olinda Handwritten in pen: 1921 snowfall at Chalet Road.

Photograph - Mountjoy Coach Yard 1920

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mountjoy coach yard 1920. Men standing with two horses are L - R Ellis Jeeves, Hubert Jeeves, Len Jones, Walter Jeeves.

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 - 'Pretty Corner' FiveWays c1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Oval photo, landscape view. Mountjoy on hill. Side view of the Post Office with residence showing the fence and a sign. Two children on Ridge Road and two girls outside the Methodist Church, which is not in view.

Photograph - Devine family, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mr Devine, Mrs Devine (nee Stewart) with children Vera and Stewart at their home 'Hillcrest' on Mernda Road (now Coonara road), Olinda 1911. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Devine, Mrs Devine (nee Stewart) Vera Stewart 1911 on verandah of “Hillcrest” Mernda Road now Coonara Road. Mrs Dodd’s collection. Copied by J.L.C. 1974.