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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 - Kalorama Guest-house - Front View

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Looking down on Kalorama Guest-house from Barbers Road. Property of Ellis and Eliza Jeeves before moving to Mountjoy

Photograph - Harmony Vale kitchen c1895

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Inside the kitchen of Harmony Vale the home of Jabez Richardson and family taken c1895. Jabez Richardson and his wife Sarah Ann are seated in the chimney ingle. Daughter Martha sits at the end of the table on LHS while daughter Sarah Ann tends the pot. Son John Willie sits smoking his pipe.

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

Photograph - Quamby Cottage

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Quamby Cottage LHS and Quamby Café the larger building RHS. Cottage and café built by the Dorey family in 1914. Photograph taken from the hill opposite (possibly near Cloudehill on Olinda -Monbulk Road. Cottage was destroyed by fire. Quamby Café now Cuckoo Restaurant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph - Quamby + cottage from opposite hill.

Photograph - Page sisters at Quamby cafe

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Page sisters sitting at table in Quamby Café in 1936. LHS - Aunt Ede 80. (Edith Page) Middle - Mother 83 (Sarah Martha Dorey) RHS - Aunt Pen 85. (Penelope Page)

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph To Dear Lily with love from Mrs. S. M. Dorey. Aunt Ede 80 Mother 83 Aunt Pen 85 Taken 1936 Lilly Dingley

Photograph - Splitting In The State Forest

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Original postcard showing two men splitting wood in the forest at Mt Dandenong. They are using axes. Early 1900s.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of postcard: Splitting in the State Forest

Photograph - Kamanange - Robinson Family Holiday House c1930, Scenic Drive, Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of timber house with a man and two children standing on the balcony

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 - Members of the Olinda Rifle Club

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Hazy photograph of Olinda and Mt Dandenong men at the Olinda Rifle Range 1909.

Photograph - View from Mt Dandenong Observatory Car Park. 1953

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View from Mt Dandenong Observatory Carpark (now Sky High Restaurant) taken in August 1953. Large tree on LHS with sign reading 'LADIES'. Two old cars parked. Photograph taken by Sydney Walter Jackson.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: From Mt Dandenong Aug 53

Photograph - Local People In Front Of the Completed Methodist Church FiveWays c1911 or c1912

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The congregation gathers outside the newly built church. All are well dressed, most wearing hats.There appears to be 14 women, 8 men (one the pastor) and 9 children.The elderly lady appears to be Mrs Eliza Hand, though no lace collar or hat. There is no window in the porch.

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 - FiveWays Tea-rooms/Newsagency and Methodist Chuch c1925

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Early view of FiveWays Tea-rooms showing the stone embankment and the Methodist Church

Photograph - Snow at Olinda 1921

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Heavy snowfall on the road outside Quamby Café in Olinda in 1921. Car and bus tyre tracks are clearly visible. The photo appears to be taken through glass.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back in blue pen: Snow 1921

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 - The Ebbels Home c1907

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The Ebbels' home c1907 with Mrs Ebbels (nee Jessie Dodd) clearly visible at front. The portion of the house seen is said to have been built by George Woolrich and Ted Boulter.The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Ebbel’s home in 1907 with Mrs Ebbels nee Jessie Dodd. Front portion was added to original section built 1896. It was built by George Woolrich and Ted Boulter.

Photograph - View from Point Clear, Mt Dandenong, Vic

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #2783 showing view from Point Clear. This is taken from Ridge Road. The following indicators have been marked on the photograph L-R Dulce Domun Hotel, White's, Rev. Davies, Dr. Cox, Olinda Creek, Dickens Road, Church of England, Buggy Wheels Corner, Monash Ave. Corner.

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 2783

Photograph - Mt Dandenong Primary School 1940

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group photograph of teacher and pupils at Mt Dandenong Primary School in 1940.

Photograph - Woolrich Service Car

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard print showing a Woolrich Service Car with a board attached reading Sassafras & Olinda. George Woolrich started a passenger car service in 1917 with his son Jim. George Woolrich is the driver and his wife Kate Woolrich nee Hand (daughter of early settler Thomas Hand of Kalorama) is seated in the back. The photo would have been taken between 1917 and 1921.

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 - 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 - Kamanange - Scenic Cres, Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Robinson Family holiday house. Family car in driveway.

Photograph - Kalorama Snow Scenes 1 & 2

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1. Snow at FiveWays c1931. Lamp, cars and gallery visible. 2. Snow at Observatory Tea Rooms Mt. Dandenong c1940

Photograph - The Lookout Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mount Dandenong Trig Station c1920s.

Photograph - Activity at Mt Dandenong School 1938

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene of school children sitting on the ground outside the Mt Dandenong State School building. Perhaps playing a game. Taken in 1938

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: Mt Dandenong School 1938

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 - Jessie Ebbels At Home

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph of young Jessie Ebbels at home c1904 with chooks in the foreground and gardening implements visible.

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 - 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 - Harry Booth

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph of young Harry Booth taken in a formal studio setting. Harry Booth was the son of Jack Booth, who owned Lots 37 and 38 in the Village Settlement and had access to creek water for successful berry crops. Harry was a local market agent and travelled to Victoria Market carrying produce from local settlers.Harry carried a variety of produce by horse and cart, apparently a twenty-four hour round trip, until the business was sold in the early 1920's.

Historical information

Studio photograph of Harry Booth. A young man wearing a dark, three piece suit, collar and tie. Included in the Dorey/Woolrich collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Harry Booth Eden Studios Post Card

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.

Photograph - Panorama of Olinda 1904 Sections 3 & 4

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Sections 3 & 4 of a 4 panorama of the Main Street of Olinda made up of 4 side by side photos.

Inscriptions & Markings

1904 view of Olinda looking across Mernda (later Coonara) Road towards the site of the future State School.

Photograph - St Matthew's Anglican Church Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View from Monash Avenue of St Matthew's Anglican Church with snow covering ground. The church was built in 1903, but this photograph is post 1935 as the Church Hall can be seen behind the trees on the left.

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 Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

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

Photograph - Mrs Aeneas Gunn On Horseback

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Aeneas (Jeannie Gunn), author of 'We Of The Never Never' riding side saddle near Monbulk.

John Shirlow At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

John Shirlow (etcher) standing next to The Rock at Sunnyside, the country home in South Sassafras (now Kallista) of John and Roberta Roberts.

Photograph - Lookout On Top of Mount Olinda 1910

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

c1910 Lookout tower on the hill behind tthe school at Olinda.This shows the first one built. It was followed by a covered lookout. This position lost its value when the trees grew high. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

The lookout on the top of Mt Olinda 1910. This one was the first one it was followed by a covered one but the position lost its value with the growth of trees in the area. It is looking towards what is now Kalorama and the Jeeves clearing in the gap can be seen at the extreme left.

Photograph - Visitors Arriving by Wagon at Mountjoy c1920.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Two unnamed men, oriental in appearance, preparing to alight from wagon at Mountjoy Guest-house

Photograph - Olinda 1903

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Olinda Main Street 1903 with Peter Witt's blacksmith in the foreground opposite Hodges' Smithy and the Mission Hall. Reverse of photograph has handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olinda 1903 One of the photos which were used to compile the Panorama

Photograph - The Chalet Road 1918

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The road to 'The Chalet' 1918. Olinda The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Chalet Road 1918. Linking Coonara Road and McCarthy’s Road.

Photograph - Kalorama Methodist Sunday School at FiveWays c1940.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Sunday School Photo. Standing L - R are Ken Jeeves, Dorothy Jeeves, Monnie Bowman, Edna Hodgson, Laurie Bowman, Billie Hodgson. Seated L - R are Betty Jeeves (Elizabeth Law-Smith), Don Jeeves, Irene Jeeves, Heather Jeeves, Esme Jeeves, Norma Jeeves, Laurence Jeeves. Esme, Heather and Dorothy Jeeves are the children of Walter and Dorothy Jeeves. Norma, Irene, Donald and Laurence Jeeves are the children of Norman and Adelie Jeeves (Worland) Ken and Betty Jeeves are the children of Hubert and Daisy Jeeves (Rowse)

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 - The Mt Dandenong Trig Point

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three people seated at Trig Point Mt Dandenong. (2 copies)

Photograph - Jeeves Coach on CRB Road at Foot of Farringdon Road Kalorama, 1920

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene looking down Farringdon Road showing Jeeves horse drawn coach going along the CRB road (Mt Dandenong Tourist Road) in 1920. Detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jeeves Coach on CRB road at foot of Farringdon Road Kalorama (Mt Dandenong North) 1920. Road was formed most of the length from Montrose by contractors Bladin and Dick employing Robert Logan the younger, in 1919 and lay unmetalled till metalled by the contractors in 1922. Mountain ash trees in foreground were on Thomas Hand’s original 23 acre holding. Those beyond coach were on Isaac Jeeves original 160 acre holding Selection Crown Allotment 925(B). This was the area forming part of the inheritance lost by John William Richardson because of the expense of his wife’s illness. Hand enlarged his 23 acres to 305 in 1874. William and his family grew large crops of raspberries on his area, part of which is in the foreground. It had been cleared by his father’s employees before 1877. The section below the Main Road was cultivated by Fred hand, son of William and grandson of Thomas in the twenties before he moved to Redcliffes where he is today (1974). Comment by John Lundy-Clarke 10.5.1974

Photograph - Kalorama Gap Under Snow 1921

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Kalorama Gap under snow taken in 1921. Mountjoy Guest House is at top right and Beulah Tea Rooms is in the centre. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kalorama Gap under snow 1921 The leafless elm trees are low in the centre and the dual nature of the nearer one can be clearly seen, two small suckers of the older farther tree being twisted together in 1898 by Fred Jeeves. The older tree was planted 1880. Mrs Hands shop can be clearly seen, which was the Mount Dandenong North Post Office. The old Main Road runs up the centre of the picture and turns to the right and disappears behind “Mountjoy” the big guest house built by Paynters in 1905 and sold to Ellis Jeeves 1908, whose family ran it till 1943. At the bend of the road behind the big pine tree and the dark blackwood can be seen faintly the gable of Price’s house that contained the first shop on the mount. Above it is H Walker’s cottage on Ridge Road that still exists, his homestead is on the left of the picture on the same level. Below this house and to the left can be seen Ted Prices hay and corn store. The present estate agency lies between these two buildings, on the road which had recently been built. This can be seen winding from the lower left corner of picture to the left of the elms. The CRB had recently fenced the road and this is clearly seen as it circles behind trees in the left centre. Barber’s Road crosses CRB Road to the left of the dray under the leafless elm and the Coach Road dives down to the right just behind the pair of blackwoods to right of the elms. The picture was taken from just above the boundary of Isaac Jeeves’s selection Crown Allotment “C” (Jeeves Saddle) which stretched across the Gap to the other side of Mrs Hand’s shop, monopolising the gap from 1871 to 1879. Price’s house remains partly as the small house – “Mirra Laken”.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong School 1938

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Mt Dandenong State School building taken in 1938. Shadow of netball post in the foreground.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: Mt Dandenong School 1938

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 - Olinda Easter Carnival

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Easter Sports Carnival at Olinda held Easter Monday. Photograph shows men in the woodchop event. These sports days ceased after WW1. c1907

Photograph - The Olinda-Mt Dandenong Rd., Vic

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #2841 showing a stretch of the Olinda-Mt Dandenong Road.

Historical information

Rose Series Postcard number 2841