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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.

Contact Information

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

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Opening Hours

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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Newsletter - Warrandyte Historical Society - Gold Mining In Warrandyte - A Brief History, by Murray Houghton.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Revised and enlarged from an earlier Warrandyte Historical Society document

School Magazine - Parkwood Secondary College School Magazine (1990)

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.

Booklet - City of Ringwood Report to Ratepayers 1981

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1981 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations.

Inscriptions & Markings

CONTENTS: (page number) Beautification and Leisure Areas 24 Building — General Information 21 Commissioners for Taking Declarations and Affidavits 15 Council Finance 11 Council Meeting Dates 5 Council Representation on various organisations 8 Councillors 6 Elections for Council 10 Emergency Telephone Numbers 51 Health -30 Home Help Service 22 Immunisation Programme 31 Infant Welfare Centres 33 Items of Interest 16 Justices of the Peace 14 Let's Be Neighbourly 20 Library — General 18 Library — Service for our Senior Citizens 23 Major Works 12 Map of municipality 26 Mayor's Message - Cr. F.J. Corr 4 Meals on Wheels 28 Members of Parliament 50 Officers of the Council 9 Proposed Leisure Centre 14 Rate Assistance 11 Rate Payments 10 Recycling Depots 49 Ringwood Cultural Centre 2 Ringwood Festival activities for 1981 29 Standing Committees of Council 5 Swimming Centre 13 Welfare and Community Services 34

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.

Book - The History of the Memorial Clock Tower of Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

History of the Memorial Clock Tower of Ringwood November 2001

Book - Koori Plants Trail

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Brief History of the Wurundjeri people and the use of plants indigenous to the Mullum Mullum Creek prepared for Maroondah City Council - July 1998

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

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Borough of Ringwood community information report issued December 1959, including financial summary and sections covering Private Street Construction, Sewerage, Projected Works, Fire Hazards, Dog Nuisance, and an obituary section covering the death during the year of Cr. H.E. Parker, former Mayor, and Mr. Alfred Kelly, Town Clerk.

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."

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"

Newsletter - Warrandyte Historical Society Inc. - Louis John Michel, Discoverer of the First Payable Gold Field in Victoria

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Letter and article entitled "MICHEL" by Mrs. Evelyn J. Cooke - Article written by his great granddaughter, addressed to Mrs Jo Laurence of the Warrandyte Historical Society.

Envelope - Packet 1 St Paul's Anglican Church, Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Various newsletters and local church records circa 1894 - 1969, including: Sunday School Anniversary Services programme, March 1894 Baptism card - Alice Sanders, August 1902 Collage of handwritten notes and newspaper clippings, 1898-1919 Photocopies of handwritten notes for historical walk - 5 pages Typewritten summary of early history of St. Paul's Church of England, Ringwood Handwritten notes and newspaper clippings on 10th birthday in 1962 of East Ringwood Holy Trinity Church of England Ladies' Guild 3779b Newspaper clipping - Lunch is on St. Paul's - Ringwood Mail 24 August 1994 (George Lawson)

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 Report to Ratepayers 1977-1978

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Yellow covered community information booklet for Ringwood residents covering Council Representatives' and Service Organisations' contact details, Major Works, Planning (Ringwood Business Centre), Recreation, Litter, Rubbish Tip, Construction of Private Streets (Greenway/Dickasons Road Group), Health and Community Services, Municipal Elections, Rates, Dog Registrations, Overhanging Foliage, Building By-laws, Vandalism, House Numbering, Fire Hazards, Council Finances, and other points of general interest. and local services, sporting, and cultural facilities. Includes two City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1978.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mayor's Message - Cr. Lawrie Lawrenson.

Brochure - Neil Sonsie Thanksgiving Service 29 October 2019 - Brochure, and Family Obituries of Neil and Judith Sonsie

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Memorial Service Brochure for Neil Sonsie (5th August 1930 to 8th October 2019), long time Heathmont resident. Also copies of son Peter Sonsie's obituaries for Neil and his wife Judith Sonsie. At Peter's request, the obituaries are not publicly available on this site, but can be viewed at RDHS archives.

School Magazine - Parkwood High School Magazine 1987

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.

Newspaper clipping - Child Care (Maroondah/Ringwood)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Ringwood Mail newspaper 17 September 1996 page 3 - Review of Children's services in Maroondah

Book - Ringwood City Community Guide (1976-77)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Ringwood Community Guide containing Council editorial, brief history of Ringwood, local Community Services and Business Listings. Also includes a street directory map of Ringwood Municipality, and a 1976-1977 Calendar.

Inscriptions & Markings

"First Edition". "Front cover photograph: Memorial Clock Tower erected in 1928."

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 - City of Ringwood 1994 Report & Community Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information book issued by City of Ringwood for 1994 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Includes Ringwood Public Golf Course discount vouchers and two Ringwood Aquatic Centre bonus entry vouchers.

Historical information

The City of Ringwood and the City of Croydon merged in December 1994 and became the City of Maroondah.

Inscriptions & Markings

CONTENTS: (page no.) Contents A Message from the Mayor - Cr. Margaret Cheevers 3 Your Council 4 Local State and Federal MPs 5 Council Meetings and Elections 6 History of Ringwood 7 City Manager's Report 8 Organisational structure 9 Human Services 10-19 Environmental Health 20-21 Ringwood Library 22 Parks and Gardens 23 Ringwood's Parks and Reserves 24 Building 25 Engineering Planning Services 26-28 Waste Management 29 Town Planning 30 Traffic and Local Laws 31-33 Roads, Drainage and Major Works 38-39 Halls and Facilities 40-41 Aquatic Centre 42 Convention Centre/Karralika Theatre 43 Golf Course 44 Free Swim & Golf Discount Vouchers 45 Community Organisations 46-64 Finance 65-66 Administration 67 Community Liaison 68 Information Systems 69 Personnel 70-71 Risk Management 71 Rates and Valuations 72

School Register - East Ringwood Primary School: Register of the Pupils enrolled 1924-1993, incl. transcription.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Register of the Pupils enrolled at East Ringwood P.S. from Jul-1924 to Aug-1993. pp.199. Work has begun, by one of our members, to transcribe the register into a digital copy in Excel format. The attachment shows the first 500+ pupil's enrolments at ERPS, with details on the pupil, his/her parents, source and destination schools.

Historical information

Used at the Primary School to record names, parents' and/or guardians' names, addresses, also age of child and date of admission.

Newsletter - Warrandyte Historical Society Inc. - The First Gold Field in Victoria - How l discovered it, by Louis John Michel.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Personal recollections of Louis John Michel after the events which he described in The Argus on Saturday 28 December 1895

Booklet - The Parish of Ringwood 1957 Every Member Canvass

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Photographs and text outlining activities of Canvass Committees of St. Paul's Church Ringwood, Holy Trinity Church Ringwood East, St. Stephen's Church Warrandyte, and Christ Church Heathmont, with a brief history of each church.

Inscriptions & Markings

Introduction by Vicar - Rev. Ronald F. Adams, The Vicarage, Ringwood.

Newspaper clippings - Ringwood Community Child Care Centre

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Ringwood Mail newspaper clippings - Centres face subsidy challenge and Child care closed, by Faye Michelson - March 1997

Newsletters - Djerrnong Anglican Parish of Heathmont and Ringwood East: "Pews News" 2008

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Two issues of Pews News - 13 January 2008 and 20 January 2008, created by the church to disseminate current news and information. Pamphlets white bifold with black printing. Qty 2.; Djerriong - Anglican Parish of Heathmont and Ringwood East.

Historical information

Pews News created by the church to disseminate current news and information. This was the time that the final service at Ringwood East took place on 27-Jan-2008.

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.

Booklet - City of Ringwood 1986 Information Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1986 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photographs: Front - Wombalano Park; Back L-R - Barbecue at Ringwood Lake, Housing construction at Ringwood, Enclosing swimming centre, Water cascade at rear of Ringwood Lake, Croquet at Jubilee Park, Playground at Ringwood Lake.

Inscriptions & Markings

CONTENTS: (page no.) After School Care Programme 30 & 31 Amalgamations 16 Aquatic Centre 14 & 15 Building Information 22 By-Law and Traffic Regulations 23 Chief Executive Message I0 Churches 38 Civic Centre 4 Committees of Council 5 Community Plan 12 & 13 Construction Work 34 Council Meeting Dates 4 Council Representatives 8 Councillors 6 & 7 Disabled Persons Facilities 41 Eastern Corridor Road Action Plan 17 Emergency Telephone Nos. 63 European Wasps 27 Family Day Care 30 Finances 18 Golf Course 22 Health 20 Historical Research Group 44 Home Help 33 Hospitals 45 Immunisations 2 i Incinerators 34 Infant Welfare Centres 45 Knaith Road Child Care Centre 30&31 Library 24 Local Area Traffic Management 17 Management Executive 11 Mayoral Message – Cr. W.R. (Bill) Wilkins, J.P. 3 Meals on Wheels 32 Members of Parliament 9 North Ringwood Senior Citizens 29 Parks for People 28 Playgroups 49 Pre-Schools 50 Rates 19 Rubbish — See Waste Ringwood District Centre 16 Schools 52 Swimming Pool — See Aquatic Centre 14 & 15 Waste 26

School Magazine - Parkwood High School Magazine 1982

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.

Book - Falconer Family in Australia

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

History of the Falconer Family in Scotland and Australia