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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)
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+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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Photographs - Collection of 24 photos of Opening of Music Centre and Pioneer Place at Maroondah High School By Ellie Pullin 1983

Collection of Black and White photographs, and Negatives. No information on back of photos. Identification of School came from article in Ringwood-Croydon Mail, 20th July, 1983 p.11 (See C:\Master_Docs\SC0138 (Item 3161) Notes.pdf, copy attached)

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Plaque reads, "This music centre and 'Pioneer Place' were officially opened on 20th July, 1983 by Ellie V. Pullin, M.B.E. President Ringwood Historical Research Group".

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

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Booklet - Ringwood Central Historic Walk

Details of 12 buildings in Ringwood - Walk no 4 (circa1990s)

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Booklet - Scenic Walk Around Maroondah Lakes

Details of 20 points of interest on 12 kilometre return trip from Croydon Lake and Library, including Ringwood Lake (circa 1990s)

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Book - Heritage Walk Around Alto

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

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Book - Scenic Walk Around Croydon Hills

Walk of 3 kilometres around Croydon Hills with 16 points of interest

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Book - Amelia's Life Story

Autobiographical life story of Amelia Hand (b.1907), including her family's time at "Wellington Park" in Warranwood, Victoria, from 1952.

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Book - Falconer Family in Australia

History of the Falconer Family in Scotland and Australia

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Book - In Search of a Site

History of the Ringwood Primary School No 2997 from 1889 to 1989

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Contents include List of Head Teachers/Principals, Finding a Site, Time Line, Reminiscences of Miss Daisy Paddock, Anecdotes From Former Pupils. Acknowledgement - In researching the history of Ringwood Primary School, we would like to acknowledge the valuable information obtained from the History of Ringwood Primary School compiled by Mr. J.A. Baines.

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

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.

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Pamphlet - Pictorial History of Park Orchards

Folded A4 page brochure outlining a presentation by Graeme Tamme - Park Orchards Community House September 2007, including a brief outline of early dates and events relating to Park Orchards

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Book - Koori Plants Trail

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

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

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

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

Revised and enlarged from an earlier Warrandyte Historical Society document

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Pamphlet - Historical Tour of Ringwood East

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

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Book - The History of the Memorial Clock Tower of Ringwood

History of the Memorial Clock Tower of Ringwood November 2001

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Photograph Album - East Ringwood Photographs Album Jan 2000 by Joan Walker

Slip in Album of 50 B&W photographs of East Ringwood, "Taken January 2000 by Joan Walker". Image 6501-001 attached to this catalogue entry 6501 is of the album. See 6501-nnn catalogue entries for individual Photographs/descriptions; C:\Master_Docs\6501-002.pdf is the Typed List inside the album; C:\Master_Docs\6501-003.xlsx is the OCR extract with jpg file names (copies of both attached)

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

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."

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Recollection - Story of William and James Smith - Ringwood from 1868 to 1920.

Single page handwritten notes by unknown author briefly outlining family history of William and James Smith in Ringwood from 1868 to 1920. Page ends mid-sentence however no trace of subsequent page/s. Further information on the William and James Smith and family (expanding on these notes?), is contained in the book " A History of Croydon - Second Volume" by Muriel McGivern (pages 170-176) +Additional Keywords: Smith, William / Smith, James / Boardman / Pierce / Robason / antimony

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Document - Short history of Nunawading

4 pages of typed notes of the short history of Nunawading between 1834 and 1890 (approx) +Additional Keywords: Holland, Clisby, Williams, Riles, Polak,Schwerkolt, Smith, Rooks, Boyle, Sergeant, Matters, Ainger, Slater

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This report covers some of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne from 1834 to 1890 (approx). The early settlement of Nunawading, agricultural development, industries, residential development, institutions and hotels. Place names , churches and schools are also included

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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).

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

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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.

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Memoir - Correspondence from John Miles to Ringwood Historical Society with two pages of early memories of Ringwood by Margaret A Barrett. 2005

3 typewritten pages - one letter from John Miles to Ringwood Historical Society with two pages of early memories of Ringwood by Margaret A Barrett. Letter dated 21st July 2005 and Memoir dated June 2005

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Letter from John Miles to the Ringwood Historical Society with a 2 page account of memories of Ringwood by his cousin, Margaret Barrett, telling of her time at Glamorgan, at school at Winnington, and wandering around the Mullum Creek.

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Booklet - Ringwood East Primary School: 50th Anniversary History Booklet (1924-1974).

Soft covered booklet 8 pages with pen and ink drawing of school building. Brief history compiled for 50th anniversary of the school, with Jubilee Celebrations programme on back cover. Front cover by "Nature Notes", and 4 pages of black and white photos. (5 copies)

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Booklet produced for the 50th anniversary of the school (1924-1974) and sold for 20 cents. Contains lists of school principals and Departmental Inspectors. Photos are of first committee, first students, early and present teachers.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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Envelope - Packet 2 St Paul's Anglican Church, Ringwood

Various newspaper clippings and local church records circa 1922 to 1999.

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Booklet - Welcome to 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)

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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.'

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

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.

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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.

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Order of Service - Celebration of Life of Robert Sturdee McDiarmid 1915-2011. Ringwood 9 December 2011

Order of Service document from Funeral, St Paul's Anglican Church Ringwood; Le Pine Funerals. Created by Baileys Computer Services

Inscriptions & Markings

See pdf attached

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