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Ringwood and District Historical Society Ringwood, VIC

The Ringwood Historical Society exists to collect, preserve and promote material relating to the history of Ringwood, Victoria situated in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

The Society maintains extensive Archives encompassing newspaper, journals, books, personal histories, maps, plans, photographs and other material and artefacts.

The archives are located in Norwood Reserve, 125 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, as well as another site in Tortice Drive, and are open to the public by appointment.

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11 Ripley Court Ringwood VIC 3134 (map)
phone
+61 0418-103-256

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By appointment

Location

125 Warrandyte Road Ringwood VIC

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The Ringwood Historical Society exists to collect, preserve and promote material relating to the history of Ringwood, Victoria situated in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

The Society maintains extensive archives encompassing newspaper, journals, books, personal histories, maps, plans, photographs and other material and artefacts.

The Archives are located in Warrandyte Road, Ringwood and are open to the public by appointment.

Williams Janice 22 February 2019 2:56 PM

The photograph (portrait) of Harold Chivers is in fact a photograph of his older brother Lionel he was disowned by his family in the late fifties due 8 to family reasons

Katina Devril 20 March 2019 10:47 AM

Hello I have an enquiry about the image you have for Lionel Charles Chivers. He is also my father, known by a very different name. We have just discovered this and are putting together pieces of the puzzle about him. He did go on to have another name after us, but we don't know what that is. My question is, could we add to the comments on the photo to add another identity to the face? Our photos are much later, are linked to a different family and are mostly based in Sydney. I would like to add to his identity, but don't really know how to or even if it is appropriate to. We have not yet met his other children and I do not want to offend or upset them, so this is just a general enquiry at this stage. Katina

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Booklet - City of Ringwood Report to Ratepayers 1978-1979

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Green covered community information booklet for Ringwood residents covering Council Representatives' and Service Organisations' contact details, Council Finances, Immunizations, Major Works, Planning (Live Theatre/Functions Centre), Health and Community Services, Christmas Holiday Play Centres, Lord Mayor's Children's Camp, Rates, Municipal Elections, Dogs, Rubbish Tip, Overhanging Foliage, Vandalism, Building By-laws, Fred Dwerryhouse Swimming Centre, Planning (Commercial Centre), Netball Complex, Citizenship Ceremonies, Mini Bikes, School Crossing Supervision, Ringwood Garden Competition, and Coming Events (International Year of the Child, Family Fun Day, Highland Carnival). Includes two City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mayor's Message - Cr. A.B. Henderson, J.P. Back cover - Green tinted photograph of Ringwood Memorial Tower captioned: Ringwood - "A Happening Community"

Pamphlet - Historical Tour of Ringwood East

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Notes for historical Ringwood East tour taken 2008 with details of various stops

Booklet - Welcome to Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Booklet: 'Welcome to Ringwood'. Eight pages; picture and printing on front. Ringwood past and present. There are three copies.; Produced by the Ringwood Business and Commerce Association for publicity when the Pan Pacific Scout Jamboree was held at 'Yarra Brae'. 'The preparation of the booklet is the outcome of civic pride.' +Additional Keywords: Pearson, H.F. (Mayor)

Historical information

Produced by the Ringwood Business and Commerce Association for publicity when the Pan Pacific Scout Jamboree was held at 'Yarra Brae'. 'The preparation of the booklet is the outcome of civic pride.'

Document - Series of 20 invoices from K.M.Milne -General storekeeper - Ringwood Nth made out to Mr Ted Dickson . Dated 1952 to 1955.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Photocopies of invoices from K.M.Milne -General Storekeeper.

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20 Invoices made out to Mr Ted Dickson showing hand written purchased items and prices . Dates ranging from 16.3.1952 to 15.6.1955

Booklet - City of Ringwood Report to Ratepayers 1979-1980

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Yellow covered community information booklet for Ringwood residents covering Council and Parliamentary contact details, Council Meeting Dates, Justices of the Peace, Council Finances, Immunizations, Major Works, Planning (Live Theatre/Functions Centre, including Floor Plan), Health and Community Services, Christmas Holiday Play Centres, Lord Mayor's Children's Camp, Rates, Municipal Elections, Dogs, Rubbish Tip, Overhanging Foliage, Vandalism, Building By-laws, Ringwood Library (28 Warrandyte Road), Golf Course, Fred Dwerryhouse Swimming Centre, Netball Complex, Growth of Ringwood Commercial Centre, McAlpin's Reserve Development Plan, Netball Complex, Citizenship Ceremonies, Mini Bikes, School Crossing Supervision, Family Fun Day, Highland Carnival. Includes three City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1980 and list of tip charges from October, 1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mayor's Message - Cr. P. Gotlib. Inside front cover - Green tinted photograph of Ringwood Memorial Tower captioned: Ringwood - "A Happening Community". Back cover - Green and yellow diagram of Ringwood Civic Centre Development, Stage 2. Floor Plan and description of Theatre and Functions Centre expected to be completed by early 1980.

Pamphlet - Ringwood 1924-1974 50 Years of Service to the Community

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information brochure issued in 1974 by Ringwood Council outlining local services, sporting, and cultural facilities. Includes names of Ward Councillors, Council's revenue and expenditure charts, and two City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1975.

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"Frontpiece: Council's Immunisation Programme." "Message from your Mayor, Councillor Stan Morris, J.P. (photo). In this, Ringwood's 50th Year as an independent Municipality another milestone is recorded. It is our hope that the City will continue to develop soundly so as to improve our quality of life. The past achievements have been accomplished by Council/Citizen co-operation and we have no doubt that this co-operation will continue during the next 50 years".

Booklet - City of Ringwood 1987 Community Information Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1987 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photograph: Ringwood Aquatic Centre at night. Middle page photographs: (from top L-R) Putting at Golf Course, Reclaimation work Mullum Mullum Creek, Poppett Head rear of Ringwood Lake, Wattle in bloom. (Middle row) Aquatic Centre Toddlers Pool, Fern Gallery at Lake, Aquatic Centre Diving Tank, Wedding at Ringwood Lake. (Bottom row) Lawn Bowls, Bike Path, Community Garden. Also includes lift-out City of Ringwood map.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) After School Care Programme 29 Aquatic Centre 12 & 13 Building Information 19 By-Law and Traffic Regulations 21 Chief Executive Message 10 Children's Services 28 Churches 40 Civic Centre 4 Committees of Council 5 Community Plan 11 Community Services 37 - 59 Construction Work 26 Council Elections 19 Council Meeting Dates 4 Council Representatives 8 Councillors 6 & 7 Disabled Persons Facilities 43 Domiciliary Care 30 Emergency Telephone Nos. 62 Family Day Care 28 Finances 16 Garbage 36 Golf Course 23 Health 25 Home Help 31 Immunisations 24 Incinerators 20 Infant Welfare Centres 45 Joint Use Facilities 35 Knaith Road Child Care Centre 28 & 29 Local Area Traffic Management 18 Management Executive 11 Mayoral Message – Cr. Lillian Rosewarne, J.P. 3 Meals on Wheels 30 Members of Parliament 9 Parks 23 Playgroups 53 Pre-Schools 53 Rates 17 Recycling 35 & 36 Ringwood By-Pass Road 15 Ringwood Convention and Performing Arts Centre 34 Ringwood District Centre 14 Schools 52 Swimming Pool - See Aquatic Centre 12 & 13 Town Planning 19 Vandalism 27

Letter - Personal correspondence - 1985 - including reference to purchase of Burnt Bridge Store by parents of Clarice de Pelsenaire in 1923 and brief history and death of Ringwood East resident, Arthur Meyland (1911-1985).

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

2 pages hand written letter about early East Ringwood and Burnt Bridge Store. +Additional Keywords: dePelsenaide, Clarice

Historical information

Incomplete letter from Clarice dePelsenaide, whose parents purchased the Burnt Bridge Store from Mr Williams. Her husband Arthur was the first pupil enrolled at the Ringwood East Primary School.

Brochure - Planning Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Brochure on town planning by Cr. H.E. Parker, JP., Mayor of the Borough of Ringwood (Victoria), circa 1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes reprinted article from the Melbourne Herald, Tuesday, July 23rd, 1946. - "Ringwood has the Right Idea."

Book - Towards a Golden Future

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

The Story of Benjamin and Mary Ann Wilkins and their Descendants by Susan Estelle Smith, resarched by Ronda Whitten, Greame Thorpe, Lindsay Smith, Sue Smith and Margaret de Jager and edited by Ronda Whitten, Graeme Thorpe, Lindsay Smith and Sue Smith.

Booklet - City of Ringwood Information Guide 1983

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1983 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photograph: Ringwood Lake Reserve.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) Aged — Centre for the Frail Aged 22 Building — General Information 28 By-Laws and Regulations 27 Circuit Bus — Ringwood City 33 Commissioners for taking Declarations and Affidavits 29 Committees of Council 6 Council Meeting Dates 6 Council Officers 8 Council Representation 7 Councillors 4 Cultural Centre 36 Disabled Persons - Facilities 21 Emergency Telephone Numbers 58 Elections for Council 10 Festival 23 Finance - Council 11 Garbage Collection 58 Golf Course 37 Health 18 Home Help 25 Immunisation Programme 20 Immunisation Schedule 19 Items of Interest 32 Justices of the Peace 29 Lake — Ringwood Lake Reserve 59 Leisure Areas 16 Library — General 12 Library - Service for our Senior Citizens 26 Major Works Programme 14 Map of Municipality 30 Mayor’s Message – Cr. Pat Gotlib, J.P. 2 Meals on Wheels 24 Members of Parliament 56 Nature Strip Maintenance 34 Pensioners — Rate Assistance 11 Rates 10 Recycling of Waste 57 Roll — Municipal 10 Shuttle Bus 33 Swimming Centre 37 Voting — Compulsory 10 Welfare and Community Services 38

Booklet - The Evolution of Ringwood (with) Coach and Horses Hotel 1850-1940

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Blue covered booklets (3 copies) with 16 buff coloured pages printed with the history of the Madden Family, the Coach and Horses Hotel and local areas. Plus an article reprinted from 'The Age' 26 August 1933 - 'Melbourne's Historic Homes'. Refer also to Reg no. 3634 catalogued book 'Ringwood - Short Notes on its Development 1857 - 1963.' Compiled by Mrs M. Burnside with the co-operation of the Ringwood Historical Research Group. Size 26 x 21 x 2 and with a red and brown diamond pattern on the cover. +Additional Keywords: Madden, Nicholas / Cobb & Co / Burnside, Miss Marie.

Historical information

This booklet contains the story of the Madden family and the Coach and Horses Hotel. It appears to be signed by Nicholas Madden.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Evolution of Ringwood coupled with that of the Coach and Horses Hotel 1850 - 1940. Reprinted from 'The Ringwood Mail', January 4, 1940.; Owned by Miss Marie Burnside who wrote this book.

Book - Falconer Family in Australia

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

History of the Falconer Family in Scotland and Australia

Booklet - City of Ringwood 1988 Community Information Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1988 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photographs: Front - Floral displays at Clock Tower and a scene at Council nursery; Back - Activities at Ringwood Festival held at Ringwood Lake in April each year.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) After School Activities Programme 23 Aged Services 21 Bicentennial 15 Building Information 29 By-Laws and Traffic Regulations 31 Caravans/Mobile Homes 31 Chief Executive's Message 10 Children's Services 22 Churches 40 Civic Centre 4 Committees of Council 5 Community Plan 15 Community Services 35 Corporate Management Structure 11 Council Meeting Dates 4 Council Representatives 8 Councillors 6 & 7 Disabled Persons Facilities 42 Dogs 31 Domiciliary Care 24, 25 & 26 Elderly Day Care 44 Elderly Persons Units 29 Emergency Telephone Numbers 53 Employment Opportunities in Ringwood 26 European Wasps 28 Family Day Care 22 Finances 17 Fire Hazards 31 Future Leaders 16 Golf Course 34 Home Handyman Services 25 Home Help 26 Immunisation Programme 27 Incinerators 32 Knaith Road Child Care Centre 22 & 23 Library 30&31 Maternal & Child Health Centre 30 Mayoral Message – Cr. John R. Caffyn 3 Meals on Wheels 24 Members of Parliament 9 Playgroups 33 Pre-Schools 53 Primary Arterial Road Network in Ringwood 13 Rates—New Collection Service 18 & 19 Ringwood Aquatic Centre 14 & 15 Ringwood Bypass Road 12 Ringwood Convention & Performing Arts Centre 33 Ringwood District Centre Structure Plan 12 Rubbish Collection Service 35 & 36 Schools 56 Youth Outreach Worker 20

Booklet - City of Ringwood - Your Information Guide 1982

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1982 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photograph: A.C. Robertson Athletic Field.

Inscriptions & Markings

CONTENTS: (page no.) Beautification and Leisure Areas 16 Building — General Information 26 By-Laws 27 Circuit Bus — Ringwood City 54 Commissioners for taking Declarations and Affidavits 31 Council Meeting Dates 6 Council Representation 7 Councillors 4 Cultural Centre 32 Disabled Persons - Facilities 34 Elections for Council 10 Emergency Telephone Numbers 54 Festival 33 Finance — Council 12 Golf Course 30 Health Home Help Service 24 Immunisation Programme 20 Items of Interest 22 Justices of the Peace 30 Library — General 13 Library — Service for our Senior Citizens 26 Major Works Programme 14 Map of Municipality 28 Mayor's Message – Cr. N.J. Hamilton 2 Meals on Wheels 25 Members of Parliament 52 Officers of the Council 8 Property Records 10 Rates 11 Recycling Depots S3 Regulations 27 Roll — Municipal 10 Swimming Centre 21 Voting — Compulsory 10 Welfare and Community Services 35

Pamphlet - Ringwood Council's Annual Report To The Ratepayers (January 1959)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Borough of Ringwood community information report for 1958 issued January 1959, including submission by Council for Victorian Premier Town Contest 1958. Other sections cover Town Planning, Culture and Education, Community Self-help, Town Promotion, Town Beautification, Housing, Tourism, Fire Hazards, Dog Nuisance, and Rates and Charges.

Inscriptions & Markings

"... While Ringwood was not adjudged the Premier Town among the 43 entries, it was complimented for the manner in which the case was presented ...".

Document - The Effects of the Environment on the Ringwood Lake by Paul Kempton - 1983 (2 pages)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Booklet - Proclamation of Ringwood as a City - Saturday, 19th March, 1960.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Souvenir brochure issued on the occasion of the Proclamation of Ringwood as a City by the Governor of Victoria, General Sir Dallas Brooks, on 190th March, 1960. Contents include facilities and activities of the Borough of Ringwood and other local organisations and associations, and a Programme of Pageant Events throughout the week.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1924 - Souvenir Brochure - 1960. ... This Souvenir Programme has been produced in order that we all may have a permanent record of this great event in the history of Ringwood ...". Athenian Oath of Citizenship.

Booklet - The Journal of the Department of Agriculture of Victoria - June, 1920.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Vol. XVIII Part 6. Principal Contents - Report on Victorian Egg-Laying Competition, Loganberry Culture, Agricultural Display at the Special Show, Farm Notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes article on Loganberries - "Small Fruit Culture in Victoria" by A.A. Hammond, Orchard Supervisor. Article also includes a photograph of "Mr. Murfet's Loganberry Plantation at Ringwood".

Book - Heritage Walk Around Alto

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Walk around Croydon with 12 points of interest taking approx 1 hour

Pamphlet - Ringwood Council's Annual Report To The Ratepayers (December 1961)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

City of Ringwood community information report issued December 1961, including financial summary and sections covering Re-Valuation, Sanitary Charge, Garbage Removal Charge, Private Street Construction, New Works, Sewerage, Street Lighting, Planning Scheme, Fire Hazards, Fly Control, Dog Nuisance, and list of Council Representatives.

Booklet - Southwood Primary School, School Charter 1994-1997

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Black book (25 pages) titled 'Southwood Primary School, School Charter 1994-1997' Signed by Principal - Leigh Robinson and School Council President - Louise Latimer

Booklet - Ringwood Show Society Third Annual Show

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Programme guide for Ringwood's third annual show to be held on Friday and Saturday, 3rd and 4th April, 1936.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes programme of show events, exhibit categories and judging criteria, sporting actiities, and local advertising.

Biography - Interview notes - short biography on Miss Daisy Paddock, teacher at Ringwood State School, circa 1970s.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Single page of notes/interview record of Miss Daisy Paddock, teacher at the Ringwood State School in Greenwood Avenue (now Federation Estate) - Interview write-up by Ringwood History Group.

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Transcript: "Miss Janet Daisy Paddock She was an extremely well-liked and well-regarded teacher at the old RW State School in Greenwood Ave (Now Federation Estate). She taught between the years of 1927 until 1941, then again after the war from 1951 until final retirement in 1961. In fact she was so liked that her former pupils formed "The 2997 Club" , which met in her honour every year for a meal (and, of course, their guest of honour). 2997 was the RW SS number. In some of her letters about early life in RW, she recalls the RW Mail being produced and printed in a small wooden building in Adelaide St. [Adelaide St is officially no longer on the RW map but it went from the highway nearly to Mullum Creek, between Melbourne St and Warrandyte Road.^ In fact there is an unmarked 100 metres of road that is on the west side of Officeworks that ends in a roundabout at the bottom of Eastland carpark. I don't believe it is exactly in the same position as the old Adelaide Street but it pretty close. That would put the old Mail office in the vicinity of the Maroondah Council service centre in Eastland.] She also recalls that there were nearly a dam on every corner. In fact, I recall in my 1950s/60s childhood that there were still many dams around. As I previously mentioned, with the RW-Mitcham claybelt, there wasn't much top soil and the orange clay is very fine, so when the banks of the dam get wet, it wass very slippery. I often remember playing around in those dams, as most boys did in those days. A friend and I spied an old bath used to water some horses so after some trial and errors we made it waterproof and fashioned a couple of paddles out of wooden fence pailings. The first launch in the local dam was fine and we managed to manouver through the bullrushes into the middle. The only thing that I forgot about was that I had a d<^ that went everywhere with me and, rather than bark from the bank, he swam over to us and tried to get aboard. Bath tubs are not known for their seaworthness and he tipped us all in the drink. Of course the bath sank like a rock. We scrambled on the bank and he added insult to injury when, as all dogs do, gave the usual shake and sprayed us with water. My mind often comes back to one dam right next to the Croydon pub - that provided water to the Magg's orchard - dug in the usual fashion on about 3 metres deep scraped in the local clay, it was at this dam in the early sixties that a young boy drowned. After that we were pretty careful around dams. Going back to Daisy's memories, she recalls that the kids often started late on Monday mornings as Monday was Market Day at RW. They used to watch the stock being herded into the yards and people getting off the steam trains. Her family home was at Gruyere and her father used to drive to RW market and stop midway at the Burnt Bridge hotel and rest the horses. [I suspect that he may have watered other things besides the horses.] They eventually moved to RW in Thanet St. Miss Paddock still remembers the old RW school at the corner of RW St and Whitehorse Road, it was very small so they built the new school in Greenwood Ave. RW had a population of around 2,(K)0 when Daisy became an Assistant Class Five. She used to walk through the open paddocks, surrounded by bush and orchards. She goes on to say that the bush was alive with wildlife and a natural playground for the children. Miss Paddock was a member of the Soroptomist Club in RW (equivalent to Rotary), active in the church and local community. At our archives, we have a plaque that grac^ the entrance to the school, naming it the Miss Daisy Paddock library, in honour of a great woman in our city."

School Magazine - Parkwood High School Magazine 1985

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Pictures, stories and articles of interest - Parkwood High School/Secondary College, 35-39 Tortice Drive, North Ringwood, Victoria.

Historical information

Parkwood High School/Secondary College opened in 1979 and operated until closure in 2011.

Pamphlet - City of Ringwood Annual Report To The Ratepayers - 1964

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

City of Ringwood community information report for 1964, including sections covering Valuations-Rates, Sanitary Service - Sewerage, Private Street Construction, Loughnan Hill Road Scheme, Other New Works, Planning Scheme, Fire Hazards, Fly Control, Dogs, Annual Special Clearance of Refuse, Garbage Removal, Immunisation, Street Lighting, House Numbers, Home Help, Scholarships, Rubbish Dumping, Vandalism, and list of Council Representatives.

Newsletter - City of Ringwood News Sheet - February 1970

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Newspaper-style 1970 community information newsletter for Ringwood residents covering local council news, activities, and outline of funds received and expended in 1968-69.

School Magazine - Parkwood High School Magazine 1979

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Pictures, stories and articles of interest - Parkwood High School/Secondary College, 35-39 Tortice Drive, North Ringwood, Victoria.

Historical information

Parkwood High School/Secondary College opened in 1979 and operated until closure in 2011.

Pamphlet - Know Your City - Information for Residents in the City of Ringwood - November 1970

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Maroon coloured 1970 community information brochure for Ringwood residents covering Councillors' contact details and local services, sporting, and cultural facilities. Includes two City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1971.

Book - Warrandyte's River

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Historical information provided by state water, road, and metrological and local government authorities and local residents' reminicences of the Yarra River at Warrandyte. Includes table showing periodic significant flows of the river between 1863 and 1985.