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Friday, August 11, 2017

Royal Hotel, Lonsdale/Walker Streets, Dandenong, 1897

Located on the corner where Dunbar's hotel once stood,later it would be occupied by the AMP building, and presently it is home to the Dandenong Civic Centre. Over the years, since Dunbar built his first hotel, this corner has seen many changes. The hotel pictured was built by Mr Charles Henry Dawson.

The following is an extract from the Weekly Times, Sat 20 Nov 1897, Page 17.
"The Royal Hotel. Dandenong, which is occupied and owned by Mr C. H. Dawson, is a fine two-storied brick building, situated at the corner of Walker and Lonsdale streets, having a frontage to both. It is within five minutes' walk of the railway station .and the visitor to Dandenong, on putting up at the Royal, will be surprised to find such a spacious hotel in a town of its size. The building contains 43 rooms. and covers an acre of ground. There is a fine large dining room, where meals are served in a tasty manner, and the commercial rooms and parlours are nicely furnished and cosy."

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Furniture World, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1970s

Furniture world used to be Partons drapery store. Whites shoes was located to the right with the old Gas Centre on the left, Furniture world also occupied the old Wessex building on the corner of Walker and Langhorne streets for some time before it was demolished.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Walker and Langhorne Street, Dandenong, 1950-60

This view shows the intersection of Walker and Langhorne streets between 1950 and 1960, with Walker street running from left to right and Langhorne street running from top to bottom. On the lower corner can be seen the Wessex, with Maggs following at the bottom. The name of the business between Maggs and Wessex is unknown to us at this time.

The small hut on the upper corner was the Rest Hut (built in 1943), until late in 1953, the local branch of the R.S.L. met here. In November of 1953 they officially moved to their new rooms further up Walker Street. Sadly with the extensions of the Capital Centre, forming the Dandenong Plaza, Westwood was demolished, now forming part of the carpark.

With little tables, chairs, couches and easy chairs grouped about it, and a fire place in the centre of the room, the hall had been very comfortably furnished and was much admired. The land was supplied by Mr. Tom Caroll, as a generous offer of the use of the land on which the hut stood “to do as they liked, for as long as they liked.” With the locals working on it every Saturday afternoon for the four months it took to build.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Springvale (main street) in the early 1970's

The name Springvale arose from a permanent water source for stock and travellers between Melbourne and Dandenong that was in the vicinity of the intersection of Dandenong and Centre/Police Roads.

It was near the springs in the 1850s that the Spring Vale hotel was built alongside the newly surveyed route between Oakleigh and Dandenong. From this hotel came the name of Springvale as we use it now.

The first Springvale Post Office opened on 12 September 1864 and closed in 1892. This office had been superseded by Springvale Railway Station office (opened 1887) which was renamed Springvale in 1902. A Springvale North Post Office was also open between 1946 and 1978.

In 1886, land was subdivided near the railway station and the area began to grow. By the 1920s the Spring Vale community had a lodge, brass band, a recreation reserve, a mechanics' institute, a few shops and some houses in the township.

A picture theatre opened in 1924. At the outbreak of the second world war Springvale was a pastoral, residential and industrial township with market gardens in the surrounding areas. Sand extraction industries were active, lasting until the 1990s.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Walker and Langhorne Streets, Dandenong,1878-83.

Jones's New Dandenong bakery was the joy of .J. T. Thorpe, in the early days he was the only baker in Dandenong. He established his bakery in about 1878/79, and by 1883 had moved the bakery to new and bigger premises in Keys Buildings on Lonsdale Street. In 1896 R. F. Meyer took control of the bakery.

The small building used for the bakery was originally built by Mr Bowman In 1857. In turn it was occupied by butchers, bakers and other tradesmen. A baker named Gatling had it for a time, but the tenant occupying it prior to its being demolished was J. T. Thorpe. He baked there for many years, eventually removing to Keys’ Buildings.

Jones and his wife later moved to Cranbourne, where they continued to be involved in the bakery field, opening a local bakery. In the 1950s the Cranbourne business was still being carried on by Jack Thorpe, at the time it was the oldest bakery in Cranbourne.

Eventually the Twiss family took over the Dandenong Bakery, running it for some years.They later took over the Railway refreshment rooms at the Dandenong station from Mrs. Clinch, who took over from Miss Bottril (we believe the first to conduct them).

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Langhorne Street, Dandenong, Anzac Day 1970

Looking up Langhorne Street towards Foster street, from close to Princes highway. This shot shows part of the Anzac Day march in 1970. Sadly we don't have any names for the people.

The Dandenong Hub now stands where Cheney was, note that at this time Clark Rubber was in Langhorne street. They would also find a home in the corner building on McCrae Street and Princes Highway. Cheney later merged with Patterson to form the present Patterson Cheney business on Cheltenham road.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Telephone Exchange, McCrae Street, Dandenong, undated.

This is after the building was extended from the original wooden structure to the present brick one. You can see the Dandenong Hub in the edge of the right side. This section of McCrae street is now a pedestrian mall. The photo would have been taken from in front of the former Myer building.
Looking from the other side of Walker street.

Between 1950-60. This view shows the original building before being extended into the present brick one, looking up McCrae street, with Walker running across the bottom. Behnd the Telephone Exchange is the rear of Cheeney, now occupied by the Dandenong Hub.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Dandenong Primary (state) School, 174-182 Foster Street, Dandenong.

Interestingly this undated photo includes the fence missing in most images, which leaves us curious of the date range for the quaint wooden fence.

The first Dandenong state school was built at the corner of Robinson and Foster Streets and officially opened its doors on 4 May 1874. Not long after the Railway was built to Dandenong, safety became an issue with the schools proximity to the station, so it moved to its present site on Foster Street in 1881 and welcomed about 200 students.

The Gothic-inspired building took nine months to construct and at the time its ornate style was considered to add significantly to the township’s architecture. It had three rooms – one for boys, one for girls and a gallery – and modern fittings for the day including a porch, a hat rack and ventilation.

But not everyone was pleased with the new school. Joseph Harris, the St Kilda MP at the time, said that although the building was pleasing, he felt the expenditure on school buildings in the colony was too lavish. He said that if more unpretentious buildings were erected, surplus finance could be used to open schools in more sparsely-populated districts.

A classroom, head teacher’s office and lavatory were added in 1901 and another four classrooms were completed in 1909. Further classrooms were added in the 1940s and 1950s to cope with expanding enrollments, which topped 760 pupils in 1960. The school today has over 300 students from families representing 45 different nationalities.

Image courtesy of D.D.H.S.
 — at Dandenong Primary School.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Springvale Hotel, Princes Highway, Springvale, undated.

The name Springvale arose from a permanent water source for stock and travellers between Melbourne and Dandenong that was in the vicinity of the intersection of Dandenong and Centre/Police Roads. It was near the springs in the 1850s that the Spring Vale hotel was built alongside the newly surveyed route between Oakleigh and Dandenong. 

The hotel's proprietor chose that name because of the natural springs and his association with a place near the Bog of Allen in his native Ireland. It was expected that a village would spring up around the hotel but this did not eventuate until the primary school was opened at the top of the hill in 1867, and even then it never grew to its full potential at this location.

In 1886, land was subdivided and sold alongside a stopping place where Spring Vale Road and the Gippsland railway line (opened 1879) intersected. This land was nearly two kilometres south of the hotel and school on Princes Highway and it was here that the main Springvale township developed.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1913

Looking towards the Town Hall (behind the tree) from just after Clow street. The photo is titled "Market Day - 26/8/13". Look at the size of that crowd. At this time the market was still located on Lonsdale street, from the Clow street intersection, to about where the tree is. The stock was penned in an open section on the corner of Lonsdale and Clow. Tuesday was Market Day.

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