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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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Photograph - George Dodd and His Daughter Jessie

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

George Dodd and his daughter Jessie (Mrs Ebbels) standing on roadway outside their home at Olinda. The reverse of this photograph has a handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

George Dodd and his daughter Jessie (Mrs Ebbels) before their home at Olinda the site of Alan’s (grandson of George) house of 1926 – the nursery ‘Rainbow Gully’.

Photograph - Olinda Falls at Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph received as a jpeg digital image 576KB showing two womwn, two men and a boy at the Olinda Falls early 1900s.

Historical information

Photograph from the Dower family collection taken of the Upper Olinda Falls in the early 1900s. The two men, two women and young boy are all well dressed and posing for a photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of image: Early 1900s Olinda Falls at Mt Dandenong

Photograph - Unveiling of the Kyeema Cairn October 25, 1978.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Sybil Gramp, daughter-in-law of passenger Hugo Gramp, unveils the cairn's memorial plaque on the accident's 40th anniversary in 1978. Sybil Gramp was also a grand-daughter of one of the other victims, Mrs Elizabeth Schrader.

Photograph - View of Raspberry Crop and Orchard in Price Family Property

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Wide view showing raspberry crop and orchards on Price Family property with Jeeves' houses (one now Gallery) and Tea-Room in the foreground and Mountjoy Guest-House on the hill.

Photograph - Main Road to Mt Evelyn, Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View down Main Road, Kalorama towards Mt Evelyn.

Photograph - Isaac Jeeves First Home

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph showing the first home of early settler Isaac Jeeves. Photo taken in 1917.

Historical information

Isaac Jeeves arrived in 1857 to take up land. The photograph taken in 1917 shows his first home, which he left c1872. The small building in the right foreground was his first dwelling. On the left is a barn. Behind them is the roof of the house with the tree fern floor. The glass house came much later.

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.

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 - 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.

Historical information

The names of five of the children in the photograph were supplied by Betty Munro after viewing the image on Victorian Collections. L - R: unknown boy, Cynthia Ramage, Betty Munro, Marion Moorby, Frances Barton (nickname 'Bubbles'), Joan Wenborn, unknown boy.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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 - At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of four people standing outside Sunnyside, country home of John Garibaldi and Roberta Roberts at South sassafras (now Kallista). L to R: J G Roberts, Frank Roberts, D M Anderson, Gwen Roberts.

Photograph - Snow at Mt Dandenong Primary School 1995

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Children playing in snow at the front of Mt Dandenong Primary School 5th September 1995.

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 - 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 - Working Bee For Mt Dandenong School c1899

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph mounted on stiff cardboard showing a group of adults and children attending a working bee to clear a site for the Mt Dandenong State School which opened on April 23rd 1901 following the relocation of a building from Ringwood to the site. The original school operated from a rented building from 1897 that was opposite the present school site. NB: The attendees looked fairly well dressed for a working bee.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back of photo: Working bee clearing site for Mt Dandenong State School years about 1899 - 1900 AD.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Looking across from asphalted area to the 'undercover area November 1997.

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 - 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 - Olinda Township c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene in Olinda township looking up towards range Road. Cars and busses parked along roadside and women and children on footpath. General Store and Gills Newsagency on LHS. c1950.

Object - Kyeema Wreckage Fragment

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small section of the Kyeema DC-2 fuselage made up of 5 pieces of piece of twisted and torn aluminium riveted together. Marking can be seen in red but is indistinct. Aluminium has gold, silver and green colouring.

Historical information

The Kyeema airline crash took place on 25 October 1938 when the Australian National Airways Douglas DC-2 Kyeema, tail number VH-UYC, flying from Adelaide to Melbourne, commenced final approach to Essendon Airport through heavy fog and crashed into the western slopes of Mount Dandenong, killing all 18 on board instantly. There is strong evidence that the pilots were becoming unsure of their position. According to Macarthur Job's book, Disaster in the Dandenongs, the radio operator had requested the controller at Essendon give them a radio bearing. Essendon had acknowledged and told them to leave their transmitter on, but the signal stopped and no further contact was made. It is thought that this is the moment that Kyeema hit the mountain. There were 18 people on board the DC-2: 14 passengers, the captain, the first officer, an air hostess, and a cadet pilot who operated the radio during the flight. The victims were :— THE CREW. CAPTAIN A. C. D. WEBB, 32, pilot, married, of Essendon, Victoria. JUNIOR CAPTAIN ALAN J. STEEN, 25, pilot, married, of Essendon North, Victoria. ELVA JONES, 27, air hostess, single, of Toorak, Victoria. PHILIP D. PRING, about 20, cadet pilot attached to Australian National Airways' Aeronautics School, Sydney. PASSENGERS. CHARLES ALLAN SEYMOUR HAWKER, M.P., 44, single, of Adelaide. LEONARD SYDNEY ABRAHAMS, K.C., 51, married, barrister, of Sydney. SIDNEY HILL SMITH, 41, married, managing director of S. Smith and Son, of Yalumba, South Australia. ALFRED CECIL GAIN, 42, married, barrister, of Sydney. GORDON H. GODDARD, 30, single, accountant, of North Sydney. LANCELOT WILLIAM SHIRLEY, 27, single, solicitor, of Manly. JAMES IAN MASSIE, 25, single, solicitor, of Sydney. VAUGHAN PATE, 42, refrigeration cabinet manufacturer, married, of Unley, South Australia. THOMAS M. HARDY, 48, married, head of the firm of Thomas Hardy and Sons, vignerons, of Seacliff, South Australia. GEORGE WILLIAM LING, 72, of Kingswood, South Australia, former building inspector of the Municipal Tramways Trust, Adelaide. LOUIS HUGO GRAMP, 43, married, managing director of G. Gramp and Sons, Ltd., vignerons, Rowlands (sic) Flat, South Australia. Mrs. ELIZABETH MARY SCHRADER, 69, widow, of Adelaide. Mr. and Mrs. HANS L. GLOE, of Perth.

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 - 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 - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Grounds at Mount Dandenong Primary School overlooking the Helen Dixon Embankment

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

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 - 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 - Sassafras-Olinda Road

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small b & w photograph from a series of 8 showing scenes from Sassafras produced by the Rose Stenograph Co. c1913.

Historical information

This set of 8 photographs was produced by the Rose Stenograph Co. c1913 to be included in photograph albums. The show tourist scenes of Sassafras and surrounds. The photographs were donated by a family in Western Australia whose parents lived in Sassafras c1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse - Sassafras - Olinda Road

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 - Hubert Jeeves A.I.F. Group

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Large photograph of Hubert Jeeves' A.I.F. group.

Photograph - Gully "Hospice" Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Postcard photograph showing a tree fern gully. The title on the front is Gully "Hospice" Olinda. The Hospice was a guest house built in 1904 by Joseph Gutmann in the Main Street of Olinda. The Dorey Family ran The Hospice from 1908 - 1911. The Hospice burned down in 1924. The reverse of the postcard contains a small section of a letter that must be continued elsewhere. It is addressed to Miss Iris Dorey.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in black ink on reverse: Miss Iris Dorey "The Hospice" Olinda .....address as I wish to send him a photo of the group at the Gully. We had a lovely ride to the station on Monday. The hot weather is just coming on now &it is very trying at work. I think you were taken with the dog but your........