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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 - Mountain Grange and Great Barn Kalorama c1910

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Mountain Grange Homestead with Great Barn. Tree stumps still visible. Fruit tress still present. Less cultivation near house. Fences more uniform and indication of a road.Woman in dress and bracken in foreground.

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 - 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 - Street View, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 1 in Olinda series, showing a view of the Main Street of Olinda late 1930s. V.J. Boulter's Olinda General Store with butcher and bakery in foreground. Road not yet made.

Historical information

Number 1 in commercial series.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong Post Office Near Blythes Road

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph of Dower's house and shop built on the corner of Old Coach Road and Farndons Road in Mt Dandenong. A boy with a bicycle can be seen at the LHS edge of the photograph and the Mt Dandenong State School building directly behind the shop.

Historical information

The Mt Dandenong Post Office & Store was originally built by Will Dower. The house and shop was built in 1912 and staffed by Ruby and Ada Dower. It became the Post Office in 1917 when Lil Badenhop sold her business following the death of her daughter Myrtle. The Post Office and Store closed in 1926 when the new premises opened on the Main Road.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Group At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three men on The Rock at Sunnyside. Omnibus in the background. L to R: C.J. Dennis, Unknown, David Low (cartoonist).

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 - 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 - 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 - Robinson Family Property c1930

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Unnamed woman outside additional Robinson family property in Scenic Cres. Kalorama.

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 - Miss Stewart With Sister Mrs Devine and Family

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph taken in LyreBird Gully of Miss Stewart (top) and her sister Mrs Devine with the Devine children Vera and Stewart. 1911

Inscriptions & Markings

1911 From top Miss Stewart and her sister Mrs Devine Vera (Mrs Alan Dodd) Stewart. In Lyrebird Gully Mrs Dodd’s collection. Copied by J.L.C. 1974.

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 - View near the Falls, Mount Dandenong.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard showing a woman wearing a long dress and wide brimmed hat standing on a footbridge that crosses the Olinda Creek. Tree ferns and bushes are in the background. Taken early 1900s.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of postcard: View near the Falls, Mount Dandenong. On back of post card: Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Printers, Melbourne.

Photograph - Olinda Footballers 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Posed photograph of Olinda Football Team 1909.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olinda Footballers

Photograph - The Main Mountain Road, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series Postcard #4797. View down Main Road Olinda towards Sassafras c1940s showing Post Office to the left.Three people visible in picture.

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series Postcard #4797

Photograph - Gill's Store Olinda In The Snow

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph showing people outside Gill's Store in the main street of Olinda with snow on the ground. Note Golf Course sign on the building in the background. c1950s.

Photograph - Mountain Grange and Great Barn Kalorama c1890

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mountain Grange homestead with the great barn. Left are remains of tree clearance. Fruit tress at right angle to the house. Other cultivation evident. This is the earliest of the 3 views in the collection.

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 - 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 - Mr and Mrs Ellis Jeeves in Mountjoy Garden

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Eliza Jeeves is seated, Ellis Jeeves is standing. Both are dressed formally. Oval picture.

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 - 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 - Olinda Quamby Cafe

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of interior of Quamby Café set up for a function with hanging decorations and flower arrangements.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front - "Olinda Quamby Café" On Back - Lilly Dingley

Photograph - Snow at Mt Dandenong State School 1938 With School House

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow on the ground at Mt Dandenong in September 1938 with the Mt Dandenong School House in the centre of picture behind fence.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: School House Mt Dandenong Sep. 1938.

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 - 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 - 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 - The Main Mountain Road, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series Postcard # 1834 showing the Main Road, Olinda looking towards Sassafras. The Lich gate and 'Hathaway" on LHS. c1950s.

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series Postcard number 1834

Photograph - Street view Mt Dandenong during 1962 bushfires

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Taken during the 1962 bushfires. View of Mount Dandenong shops opposite the Hotel with garage to the right. 8 men in foreground with smoke clearly visible.

Photograph - A View Over Mountain Grange 1921

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

A view of Mountain Grange Homestead built by Thomas Hand with buildings and ground covered in snow. The photograph has historical information on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1976.

Inscriptions & Markings

1921 A view over “Mountain Grange” from the side of Mt Kalorama above where Grange Road is now. On the left of the homestead is the avenue of pine trees under which the annual Sunday School picnic was held. On the right is the giant pine that still stands (1976) and the great barn. The separate kitchen of the homestead can be clearly seen.

Photograph - Mountain Grange and Great Barn Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of a postcard titled "Looking Towards Healesville". View taken from "Cherry Farm" hill looking across farm (now the Kalorama Memorial Reserve), which was the property of Thomas and Eliza Hand. Location recognised because of likeness to a painting.

Photograph - Selina with grandaughter

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Seated is 'Aunt Selina', Lena Green's mother with her granddaughter. July 1949

Inscriptions & Markings

To Dear Iris and Ted, from Aunt Selina. July 1949

Photograph - "Bella Vista" Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series Postcard #3762 showing Bella Vista Guest House at Olinda. This image is c1940s and shows the tennis court in the foreground. Bella Vista was built by Edmund Boulter in 1903. It comprised two large buildings with a walkway linking the balconies at second storey level. Views of Westernport and Port Phillip Bays could be seen from the rooftop lookout. Bella Vista was reputed to accommodate eighty guests. The Guest House operated until 1956, when it burned down.

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series Postcard number 3762

Photograph - Kyeema Crash Site Cairn 1978

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Macarthur Job at the cairn unveiled at the 40 year anniversary of the crash of the aircraft Kyeema (October 1938).

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 - Miss McPhee in Snow Laden Garden

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Miss McPhee, proprietress of Five Ways Tea Rooms in snow at Kalorama. Note partial sign in top RH corner of photograph.

Photograph - Mr and Mrs William Thompson At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mr and Mrs William Thompson, owners of Sunnyside at South Sassafras from 1893 until 1910 when they sold the property to John and Roberta Roberts. Seated on the verandah.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mr and Mrs William Thompson. Memento of Sunnyside from

Photograph - Snow at Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Car parked in an Olinda street during heavy snowfall. c1950

Photograph - Kalorama Snow Scenes 2 & 3

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

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 - Miss Stewart at 'Nathania Springs' 1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Miss Stewart in large, shady hat posed on a log bridge at Nathania Springs in 1911. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Stewart at “Nathania Springs” 1911 Photo from Mrs A Dodd’s collection. Copied 1974 by J.L.C.

Photograph - Observatory, Mount Dandenong

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard showing the rock walled base of the Observatory and Trig Point on Mt Dandenong on the RHS and a roofed picnic shelter on the LHS. There are 6 men seated or standing on the rock base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of postcard: Observatory, Mount Dandenong. On back of postcard: Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Printers, Melbourne.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Students standing at base of large Sequoia Tree in grounds of school in 1997, centenary year.

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.