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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 - New House at Olinda in Snow c1950

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of a newly built house at Olinda under snow c1950.

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 - Jeannie Green

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Black and white studio portrait of a young Jeannie Green wearing a high necked dress.

Historical information

Jeannie Green from Wandin married Willie Richardson (son of the original settler Jabez Richardson) in 1898. They built a home in the Kalorama Valley and named it "Mt Calvin". Jeanie had three children - Reuben born 1890, William born 1901 and Jean born 1910. Jeanie suffered ill health and required assistance with cooking and cleaning. The family left the area in search of a warmer climate for Jeanie.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jeanie Green (Mrs J W Richardson) born 1871 died 1916. Mother of Reuben, William, Jean.

Photograph - Harold B. Herbert At Sunnyside

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Harold B. Herbert, painter, standing beside The Rock at Sunnyside, South Sassafras (now Kallista). His hat, on top of The Rock, has a sign on it that reads "Not In Use". There is a sign on the side of The Rock reading " Buy an AM and see life.

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 - 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 - 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 - The Gap at Kalorama 1913

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

1913 scene looking up to Mountjoy Guest House at the Kalorama Gap (FiveWays). Post Office and tea rooms with white picket fence. Jeeves Coach on the road. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Gap Kalorama 1913. ‘Mountjoy’ guest house. Mount Dandenong North Post Office. Jeeves coach.

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 - 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 - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Student standing on section of play equipment in Miss Bell Playground 1997.

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 - Car On New Road Blocked By Tree

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Site said to be the new Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road a short distance past present Silvandale Store (Kalorama Post Office now). Early model vehicle and passengers delayed by tree across road. Not much progress being made with axe.

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 - 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 - 'Pretty Corner' FiveWays c1911

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Oval photo, landscape view. Mountjoy on hill. Side view of the Post Office with residence showing the fence and a sign. Two children on Ridge Road and two girls outside the Methodist Church, which is not in view.

Photograph - On Mount Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Photo Series postcard #872 showing houses on Mount Olinda with a wooden railing fence in the foreground c1920s.

Historical information

Photo Series P.C. number 872

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 - Fernhem

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

B & W photograph from Rose Series postcard showing front view of Fernhem Guest House in sassafras. There are two men, a dog and a child in the foreground with a group of people on the verandah. A large tree is in the garden RHS.

Historical information

Fernhem Guest House situated in The Crescent at Sassafras. It is now a private home. An advert in the 1910 'Hotel and Boarding House Guide' states that: FERNHEM - Is beautifully situated amongst fernery glades and gladsome nature's sights. The accommodation offered is exceptional and the Proprietress with the greatest pleasure strives to make her guests during their stay, whether brief or lengthy, as happy and comfortable as human skill will allow. TERMS 30 /- PER WEEK. Milk and cream from our own cows. Correspondence invited. Mrs. TUTT, "Fernhem" SASSAFRAS.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series # 1475 "FERNHEM' SASSAFRAS VICTORIA

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 - 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

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Iris Woolrich collecting cut flowers at Range View Nursery in Olinda with Henk Koelwyn in the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on the reverse in pencil: Henk & Iris

Photograph - Frank Gill

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Photograph of Frank Gill in WW1 uniform. Postcard from "Kitchener Studio" Broadmeadows Camp. "Ainar Studio" Auburn.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: Frank Gill Mary's Boyfriend?

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 - The Lich Gate, Olinda, Vic.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Copy of Rose Series postcard #4481. Mount Dandenong Road (Main Road) passing the picturesque Lich Gate on the left with Kenloch out of view on the right. c1940s

Historical information

Copy of Rose Series postcard #4481

Photograph - Maypole Dance at Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Olinda girls practising the Maypole Dance under the tuition of Vera Devine in the grounds of 'Hillcrest', the home of Devine in 1911. Starting with the small girl left of centre pole and going in an anti clockwise direction the names are: Amy Allen, Jessie Ebbels, Faith Beatty, Vera Devine, Maggie Schneider, Vera Watson, Hope Barrow, Jessie Wyles, Dolly Witt (obscured), Lois Lyons, Edie Jackson, Beth Barrow, Phyllis Murray. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in c1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olinda girls practising the maypole dance under the tuition of Vera Devine in the grounds of 'Hillcrest', the home of Devine in 1911. Girls, starting from left and circling across the front then round the back to finish at the left are - 1. Lois Lyons 2. Edie Jackson 3. Beth Barrow 4. Phyllis Murray 5. Amy Allen 6. Jessie Ebbels 7. Faith Barrow 8. Vera Devine 9. Maggie Schneider 10. Vera Watson 11. Hope Barrow 12. Jessie Wyles 13. Dolly Witt barely seen, the tallest there.

Photograph - Mountain Grange Kalorama 4.11.31

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

House in photo is handsome, well maintained with ornamental double doors and dormer window. Narrow view of rear of building. Picture does not resemble earlier photos but Mountain Grange demolished in 1932. Present location of the Karwarra Gardens and Kalorama Memorial Reserve.

Photograph - Isaac Jeeves First Home On Running Creek 1917

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Enlargement of photograph taken by Norman Rowse in 1917 that shows the first home of Isaac Jeeves built at the Running (Olinda) Creek. This photograph has a detailed inscription on the back handwritten by John Lundy-Clarke in 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

Enlargement of photo taken by Norman Rowse in 1917 of the group of buildings erected as his first home by Isaac Jeeves at the 800° contour on the Running (Olinda) Creek on Crown Allotment 925A. The small building on the right behind the pony and the fowls was Isaac’s first substantial home and was occupied in 1858 he having lived in camp on the creek as a miner since 1855. The tall building on left was barn built in the sixties and the large roof behind was the five roomed house with a tree fern floor. This last building was of blackwood entirely above the floor and was built in the early sixties. The two old homes were pulled down by the Rowses in 1918 and the tree fern floor was pulled up by Len Childs in 1933.

Photograph - 1908 View of Kalorama Gap From the Main Road.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

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.

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Zachary James Robertson pictured in the Miss Bell Playground at Mount Dandenong Primary in 1997, the year of the school's cenrenary.