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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 - 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 - 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 - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Sports Day November 1997 with parents watching and children participating.

Photograph - Local People Putting Up the New Methodist Church. FiveWays c1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

While several men perch on the framework, almost another two dozen assemble at ground level. Most of the women have hats but one wears an apron, another carries a large basket. No names are recorded. Mrs. Eliza Hand is distinctive in her lace collar.

Book - Disaster In The Dandenongs. The Kyeema Airliner Tragedy

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Historical information

First edition has 64 pages and was published in Ferntree Gully

Photograph - George Dodd With Daughter Jessie 1890

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1890 picture of George Dodd and his daughter Jessie (Mrs Ebbels) with the Dodd home in the background. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1890 picture of George Dodd with his daughter Jessie (Mrs Ebbels) with the Dodd home in the background. Remains of the house were burned in the bushfires between 1910 and 1926 when Alan grandson of George and his wife Vera, nee Devine, started to build their home on the same spot and developed the present extensive flower farm “Rainbow Gully”.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Mrs Charles Henry

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Charles Henry nee Florence Jeeves

Photograph - Mt Dandenong School 3284 1937

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal school photograph showing staff and students of Mt Dandenong State School No. 3284 taken in 1937. Mounted on stiff cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear of photograph: Betty Jeeves (Law Smith) 3rd from right second front row. Ken Jeeves 1st left, back row. Stamped on back G.E.HAINS Photographer 61 HARCOURT ST. HAWTHORN EAST, E3 1/6

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?

Document - The Busy Corner

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

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

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 - Mt Dandenong Trig Point

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Couple seated at Mt Dandenong Trig Point. (2 copies)

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 - 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 - Peter Johnston

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Studio photograph of Peter Johnston taken in 1915. Peter was the boyfriend of Iris Dorey (later Iris Woolrich) WW1. Peter Johnston was killed in action during WW1. He died May 15th, 1915. Peter also played for the Olinda Football Club and won 'Best and Fairest' in 1913. The club has his medal on display.

Inscriptions & Markings

Peter Johnston Left Australian shores Feb 28th 1915 & died of wounds May 15th 1915. Olinda Best and Fairest 1913.

Photograph - Post Office and 'Mountjoy', Mt. Dandenong North

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #182 showing Kalorama Gap in 1913. Haystacks in foreground with Mountjoy Guest House and Beulah Tea Rooms/Mt Dandenong North Post Office in centre. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Historical information

Rose Series post card #182

Inscriptions & Markings

Kalorama Gap in 1913 The elm trees are in the centre of the picture. One of these is really two as two suckers of the further tree were twisted together by Fred Jeeves in 1898 and grew as one tree. The other was planted in 1880. The shop is the shop of Mrs Eliza Hand and daughter Florence. The closed in far end of the verandah was the Mount Dandenong North Post Office. The large house is “Mountjoy” owned and run by the Jeeves Family from 1908 till 1943. It was built in 1905 by the Paynters who sold to Ellis Jeeves in 1908.He moved his line of coaches from “Kalorama” his old homestead and housed the horses in a line of stables behind “Mountjoy”. Price’s house, which contained their shop, the first one on the mountain, opened 1906, can be seen faintly behind the pine tree opposite the bend in the road, which was the main road then and now is Ridge Road. The Price’s house just shows in two tiny pieces, one on each side of the pine tree half way up. The house to the right of and high up the pine tree is Walker’s cottage which exists today opposite Jack Kidd’s home at the far edge of Lt 2 Village Settlement and was between Main Road and Barbers Road which runs down the left behind the elms. Walker’s homestead can be seen near left edge of picture 2/3 way up. The roof of the Methodist Church shows among trees left of picture. This, like Mrs Hand’s shop was built on portions separated from Isaac Jeeves’ Selection “C” known as Jeeves Saddle.

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.

Photocopy - 'Glenrivers' guests at the tennis courts c1925

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Glenrivers Guest-house was owned by William Lucas. He migrated here with George Barber. Both married local girls. Glenrivers was also a Game Farm. Names of tennis players not recorded.

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 - Mr Ellis Jeeves and Friends in Mountjoy Garden

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Ellis Jeeves with unknown man and womman. She may be a sister of Eliza Jeeves

Photograph - Mrs Norman Jones, nee Lily Jeeves

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Mrs Norman Jones, nee Lily Jeeves

Photograph - Snow at Mt Dandenong Primary School 1995

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Three children playing in snow covering bank and oval at Mt Dandenong Primary School 5th September 1995. Snow lasted three days.

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 - Kamanange - Scenic Cres, Kalorama

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Robinson Family holiday house. Family car in driveway.

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 - 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 - 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 - Miss Daisy Rowse

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Daisy Rowse, daughter of W. Rowse.

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 - Mt Dandenong Primary School

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Group photograph of teachers and pupils of Mt Dandenong Primary school.

Photograph - Mt Dandenong School 3284 1932

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Formal School photograph taken of students in front of school building in 1932.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph a stamp: G.E.HAINS Photographer 61 HARCOURT ST. HAWTHORN EAST. E3 1/6

Photograph - Snow at FiveWays, Kalorama, 1931.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow scene at FiveWays showing old lamp post, cars and warmly dressed people. Looking towards house and store, now the gallery. 1931

Photograph - Main Street Olinda c1908

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

c1908 view of Main Street Olinda with Dodd's store in foreground and Olinda Stste School up on the hill. Reverse of photograph has handwritten description by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo of Olinda taken about 1908 showing State School on skyline. Dodd’s store in foreground. Hodges blacksmith shop on roadside right. Coonara Road, then Mernda Road leads up out the picture right, Mt Dandenong Road goes down left. Range Road (the bullock track) is in immediate foreground and Sassafras turns to the right before the visible tracks on Mernda Road.

Photograph - The Curry Family

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Posed group photo of the Curry family. 10 people in the photo.

Photograph - Footbridge On Olinda Creek.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Small photograph, number 3 in Olinda series, showing footbridge over Olinda Creek surrounded by tree ferns. Late 1930s.

Historical information

Number 3 in commercial series.

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 - 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 - 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'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 - Mount Dandenong Primary School

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Pupils of Mount Dandenong Primary School outside the Teacher's Residence.

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 - Hubert Jeeves A.I.F. Group

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

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

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.