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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Home Of Francis Matthew Child

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white photograph showing the homestead of Francis Matthew Child.This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke.

Historical information

The homestead of Francis Matthew Child taken from the forest area downstream of Child Bros. Sawmill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Francis Matthews home on Crown Allotment “E” taken from the forest edge of Harry Child miners lease on which he had his mill. Mill was upstream to the left. The trees in the background were on Hand’s selection “F” and beyond them was the summit of Mt Kalorama.

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 - Jasper Road Near Erith Lane 1920.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Jasper Road, near Erith Lane taken in 1920. The road is tree lined with two significant gum trees in the foreground. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jasper Road near Erith Lane 1920. This road has only a narrow right of way. It was put in as a road to serve “Cherry Farm”, connecting it to the Coach Road at the Elbow in 1904. It joins a wide surveyed road running from Inverness Road to the Coach Road at the Elbow and could possibly have been surveyed by Thomas Hand at the same time as Inverness Road. The name Jasper now applies to full length between Erith Lane and Coach Road. McGivern Bros widened it in 1937 and J L Clarke removed and stored much of the rock quarried in the widening. This was later sold to Dick Moorby who sold it to the builders of St Michaels Church in Falls Road. Comment by John Lundy-Clarke 10.5.1974

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - Water Tank at Kamanange, Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Water tank at side of Kamanange - Robinson Family holiday house in Scenic Crescent, Kalorama.

Photograph - Kalorama Post Office, FiveWays c1994

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

The post office business had recently been removed to the shop at Silvandale but the post boxes are still set into the wall. The post office building had been on this site for about 100 years.

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 - Man In Omnibus Cabin At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of John Garibaldi Roberts sitting, reading inside one of the old omnibuses at his country home Sunnyside in South Sassafras (now Kallista).

Photograph - Snow on currant bushes at Kamanange

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow on currant bushes at the Robinson family property Kamanange in Scenic Cres. Kalorama.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong Primary School in Snow 1995

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

THree children playing in snow at the front of Mt Dandenong Primary School 5th September 1995. The snow lasted three days.

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

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 - Lyre Bird Gully, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 4 in Olinda series, showing ferns and fallen trees in natural bush scene.

Historical information

Number 4 in commercial series.

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 Pupils in Water at Lilydale Baths 1938

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong State School pupils in the water at Lilydale Baths during a swimming lesson in 1938.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back of photograph: Pupils (Mt Dandenong) at Lilydale Baths 1938?

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 - Entrance To Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

J. G. Roberts with his son Bert (sitting on gate) at the entrance to his country home Sunnyside at South Sassafras (now Kallista).

Inscriptions & Markings

Entrance To Sunnyside GGM

Photograph - The Pig & Whistle, Mount Dandenong

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of a pencil sketch of 'The Pig & Whistle' restaurant at Mt Dandenong. The building still stands but became the Tatra Hut c1975. The sketch is signed H.R. Ham. he sketch shows the front of the restaurant with gate and stone pillars.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of card: The Pig & Whistle, Mount Dandenong

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 - Warwick Farm On Olinda Road

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photo Series Pictorial Postcard # 981 showing the property Warwick Farm on Olinda Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back: PHOTO SERIES Pictorial Postcards. Published by S. Jamieson Bros. Alphington Vic. Phone Northcote 60

Photograph - Pupils of Mt Dandenong School Lined Up For the Swimming Bus 1938.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Pupils from Mt Dandenong State School lined up in front of bus that will take them to a swimming lesson at Lilydale Baths. Mr M Morris, Headmaster, on the left. Taken in 1938.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: Pupils with M. Morris of Mt Dandenong School going to Lilydale Baths for swimming lessons. 1938?

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 - 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 - 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........

Photograph - Omnibus At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

J G Roberts sitting reading a book on top of one of his old, decommissioned omnibuses that he used at Sunnyside for extra accommodation & shedding. Sunnyside can be seen in the background. The omnibus has been placed on stilts.

Photograph - 1908 View of the Kalorama Gap from Main Road With Labelling.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph with labels attached to front identifying buildings. View of the Kalorama Gap from main Road (now Ridge Road), looking across Walker's raspberry patch with Mountjoy coaching stables on the LHS and Mountjoy Guest House in centre. Price's house and shop on the RHS. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

1908 View of the Kalorama Gap from main Road – now Ridge Road above Lot 2 of the Village Settlement. Looking across Walker’s raspberry patch with “Mountjoy” coaching stables on left. “Mountjoy” in centre. Prices house and shop on right with Hands “Beulah Tearooms” above Prices roof. On hillside beyond Hand’s is the slope now taken up by Kalorama Terrace. Walker’s well, then newly dug is in lower right hand corner below the tree fern head. Mt Kalorama is the hill top right. Track leaving Main Road left is Walker’s entrance drive.

Photograph

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

"Hillcrest" on Mernda Road, Olinda. The home of the Devine Family. c1911 The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

“Hillcrest” Mernda Road Olinda 1911. The home of the Devine family. The early settlement road passed to the left of the camera. House faced down over the valley of the Sassafras + Perrin Creek towards Kallista. The deviation to regrade the road passed to the right of the house. It was in front of the house on the left hand side of the picture that Vera Devine and her school mates practiced the maypole dance under her tuition.

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 - Main Street, Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 10 in Olinda series, showing Main Street Olinda. View is looking NW from Olinda Monbulk Road towards Range Road. Left hand building is old Olinda Post Office. Ice truck is outside shops in distance and a delivery truck with tarp can be seen. c1930s

Historical information

Number 10 in commercial series

Photograph - Tourist Track To Monbulk

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Miss Gwen Roberts, daughter of John and Roberta Roberts of Sunnyside, South Sassafras (now Kallista), climbing a style on the Monbulk Track.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tourist Track To Monbulk G.G.M.

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 - Main Road to Mt Evelyn, Kalorama.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View down Main Road, Kalorama towards Mt Evelyn.

Photograph - Property of Robinson Family Scenic Cres. Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small home surrounded by bush in Scenic Crescent, Kalorama. An additional property of the Robinson family.

Photograph - Dodd's Store Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Jack Dodd's General Store in Main Street Olinda c1909

Photograph - 'Mountain Grange', Homestead of Thomas Hand and Family.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View through trees of Mountain Grange, home of the Hand family. Now the site of Kalorama Memorial Reserve and Karwarra Gardens.

Photograph - Jack Dodd's Log Cabin

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Hazy photograph of log cabin built and lived in by Jack Dodd and family 1923 -

Photograph - Dodd's Store and Coaches c1909.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Hazy view of Jack Dodd's Store in Olinda's Main Street with carts in front c1909. Reverse of photograph has handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dodd’s store Olinda 1905? With his butcher’s cutting cart leading the line of coaches in the Bayswater Sassafras Olinda run.

Photograph - Group Outside Quamby Cafe Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group of two men, two women and two young girls posed outside the front of the Quamby Café at Olinda c1950s.

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 - 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 - Percy and Florrie Dodd of Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio wedding portrait of Percy Dodd and his wife Florrie. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Percy Dodd and his wife Florrie.

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 - 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

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three women and two men standing on a bridge, location unknown. Clothes are 1920s.Members of Dorey or Woolrich families.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong Pupils at Lilydale Baths 1938

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Pupils from Mt Dandenong State School wearing bathing costumes and exercising on the grass at Lilydale Pool 1938.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph: Mt Dandenong Pupils at Lilydale Baths 1938?

Photograph - Taxi in Main Street Olinda c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow scene in Main Street Olinda opposite shops c1950. Old taxi shown waiting at Taxi rank.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong School 3284 1942

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal school photograph of the students at Mt Dandenong State School taken in 1942. Mounted on stiff cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back of photograph: Betty Jeeves (Law Smith) 1st right middle row Stamp G. E. Hains Photographer 654 CANTERBURY Rd. SURREY HILLS, E10