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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

PO Box 182 Olinda Victoria 3788
+61 03 9728 1437


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.


Farndons Community Hall 42 Falls Road Mt Dandenong Victoria

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Audio / Transcript - Mabel Badenhop

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

mp3 audio tape interview conducted by John Lundy-Clarke with Mabel Badenhop runs for16.33 minutes. 8 page transcript of tape.

Historical information

Thomas, Eliza and eight children (Kate, Eva, Eliza, Florence, Mabel, Alice, Frederick and William) lived at Mountain Grange. Thomas was employed as an engineer for Lillydale Shire, but died suddenly in 1888, aged 42. About 1910, Eliza and her daughter Florence opened the Kalorama Post Office. Eliza died in 1918. Born in 1881, Mabel Badenhop nee Hand was the youngest child of Thomas and Eliza Hand of Mountain Grange. She was 7 years old when her father died. Mabel married Ernest Badenhop in 1905 – Pete the Swede played violin at the wedding. Ernest Badenhop was a builder & built Halcyon and Hygeia for the Dunbars as well as many other homes in the area.