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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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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bridge, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, early 1930s

Looking across the bridge over the Dandenong Creek towards the intersection of Foster Street in the early 1930's. the Peace Memorial Bridge was opened for traffic on the 24th August 1919. The bridge commemorates the declaration of peace in 1919 and is also dedicated to those who gave their lives to save 

The Treaty of Versailles was one of the peace treaties at the end of World War One. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The other Central Powers on the German side of World War One were dealt with in separate treaties. Although the armistice signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty.

Once described as ‘one of the best bridges in Victoria. With the park facing wall removed, the bridge still carries a portion of the Princes Highway over the Dandenong Creek on the railway side.
Over the years ‘the rapids of Dandenong’, so described once by the poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, have swept away more than one bridge in the area. The first bridge over Dandenong Creek was constructed in 1840. A flood swept this away ten years later and it was replaced.

The stone bridge, built in 1866, probably by Robert Huckson, lasted 52 years. Part of it was granite, quarried locally from the vicinity of Wedge and Power Streets. The integrity was undermined by repeated floods, rendering the bridge unsafe for use. Some of the stones were scattered along the creek to build it up after the erosion damage that had been caused by previous flooding.

When the Highway was duplicated, land taken from the Dandenong Park side of the Highway, as it continues from Foster Street, past the creek towards Webster Street, was used for the extra lanes. When duplicating the Dandenong Creek Bridge, the park facing wall of the Peace Memorial Bridge was removed, as the extra bridge/carriageway was added on the Park side creating the present bridge.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Southern Aurora Hotel, January, 1978.

The fire raged for some time before the crews managed to contain it, thankfully the damage wasn't too bad, besides the pool hall out front, and the hotel was still operational. Mind the fright the tenants at the time has. This photo is taken from the Train Station, looking towards the back of the Hotel.

The Southern Aurora continues operation until around 1991. In May 1993, the Hotel was demolished as stage 1 of works to redesign the station, with the new Train Station building being opened in 1995. The site if the Hotel was turned into a carpark, which still remains presently. At some point during the late 1990s, the pedestrian subway was filled in.

Do you remember the fire?

It is possible it was the Dandenong House fire, which was located in front of the Hotel facing Foster Street, it was gutted by fire in 1977/78.

Photos courtesy of the Geoff Cargeeg Collection

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1910-2016

Looking from Foster street towards the town hall, it's not surprising to see a lot of changes have happened over the 106 years between these photos, but some still remain.

The Bridge Hotel, with it's small upstairs balcony, still remains, although drastically modified, now operating as the Jim Dandy. The town hall facade also still remains, although the clock wasn't installed until 1934.

It is interesting to note that even with all the redesigning of Lonsdale street over the decades, the basic dimensions of the service road next to the shops remains similar.

This image is courtesy of: PAST 2 PRESENT

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dandenong Market, Clow Street, Dandenong, 1930

This view looking across Lonsdale street to the new Produce Market after it's move to the present site. Before the relocation the Produce Market was held on Lonsdale Street besides the old Stock Market.
Eventually the market grew too big and was extended onto the street itself, after many years of this a site was selected on Cleeland Street. The Stock Market would later be moved behind the train station on Cheltenham road until it was ultimately closed in favour of country Stock Markets.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, late 1910s

In the background you can see Crumps General Store. In 1913, Frank Facey purchased the well know Coach business started by John Hemmings, in Pultney street, but by 1917 he had started his real estate business in the shop to the left of Crumps store on Lonsdale street. In 1956, with his son Angus now in charge, Facey Real Estate moved into their new premises further up Lonsdale street, at number 254, where they now trade as First National.

John Crump opened the Crump General Store in 1904 and sold everything from groceries, crockery, linen and hardware to stock feed and farm supplies. Although the prominent Dandenong business’s store front was in Lonsdale Street, the lane was a bustling hub of activity where goods were loaded and unloaded at the rear of the store.

Customers would come up the laneway and park their horse and buggy in stables. The lane accommodated many businesses, including one of the early coach-building businesses and the mortuary of J.W. Garnar’s undertakers.

Crump’s delivered grocery orders around the district via a horse-drawn lorry and when customers unpacked their box there would always be a free paper cornet filled with boiled lollies.
Right on the corner of Walker and Langhorne streets was the slip rail to the farrier’s shop and forge, and in the other end of the Langhorne Street frontage was the blacksmith’s forge and wheelwright’s shop.

Young children could be seen standing at the slip rail to watch in fascination as the farrier forged the shoes and shod the horses.
Crump’s prided itself on being the ‘popular store’ with exceptional quality of goods. After John Crump’s death, his son Albert Crump operated the store with the help of wife Hazel. In those days there was no cash register and no refrigeration – butter and other perishables were stored in a cellar.

A large billboard once adorned the wall at the entrance to Crump Lane – it advertised films at the local Boomerang Theatre and notified people of events taking place at the Dandenong Town Hall opposite. The site occupied by the Crump General Store later became the McEwans hardware store.

Infomation courtesy of Dandenong and District Historical Society

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Butter Factory, 25 Stud Road, Dandenong, 1930s.

Located between Herbert and King Streets, the old Butter Factory moved to this location by 1922. A new building was erected in 1932. The butter factory closed around 1977, after which it stood for many years before finally being demolished. 

Discussion about building a Butter factory first started in 1895 at a number of public and council meetings. The location/building chosen for the original factory was in Walker street, later the factory was move to an old structure, having been built in the 1870s, at the Stud Road location. (we couldn't find trace of it's original purpose.) The original Butter Factory ceased operations in 1907.

The new Butter factory opened in 1912 near the intersection of Pickett Street and Railway Parade, operating from this site for a number of years, by 1922 they were at the Stud Road site pictured.

We found the following in a copy of The Dandenong Journal for Sun 3 Jul 1932:
Industrial architecture of unusual design is applied to the new Dandenong butter factory (writes the “Herald.”) The new structure will occupy the site of the.old butter factory, which is one of Dandenong’s pioneer buildings, having been erected in the 1870’s. The area is 13,000 square feet, and the main factory covers about 3000 square feet. It is picturesquely situated behind the tree lined drive from Stud road. Yellow brickwork and struck jade green joints will provide a fresh color scheme.

The cream receiving room, testing room, can washing and drying rooms open off the main factory and are served with a side driveway for vehicles., The building is being floored throughout with steel-reinforced concrete covered with specially hard burnt tile paving graded to open concrete channels on either side. The walls are wainscotted inside with glazed tiles up to 7ft. high, and are continued to the ceiling height in yellow struck brickwork.

A mazanine floor is provided over a set of offices, print room and cool rooms. Cool room insulation is being carried out in a 4-inch cement surfaced cork-board for the doors, 2-inch cement reinforced corkboard for the walls and arctic packing over fibro cement sheeting for the ceilings. The coolrooms are separately insulated, allowing for either room to be used or the two at peak periods. The mezzanine floor is to accommodate butter boxes which are received from outside the building, through a front overhead doorway, and as required are lowered into the inside main factory, filled and conveyed with a minimum of handling to the cool rooms under the mezanine floor.

The main ceiling, which is surmounted by lantern louvres running longitudinally from the front to the rear of the buildings to provide permanent outlet ventilation, is finished with damp-proof, tinted cement sheeting. The roof is covered with a special composition to provide the maximum insulation of coolness in summer. Broad roof over-hangs are provided, externally, and the fenestration and general architectural treatment are suited in detail to the special functioning of a modern butter factory.

The architect for the work is Mr. I. G. Anderson; A.I.A.A. (Lond.), of 20 Queen street, Melbourne.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Parcels Office/Department, Dandenong Station, 1978-79

In time past, the parcels office was the main point for parcels coming in and out of Dandenong. A lot of cargo travelled through these offices in the early days, one existing on almost all stations. Before the railways the tedious journey was performed by horse and cart. With the building of railways to connect and move people, there also came an easy way to move large amounts of parcels to the outer towns.

Do you remember the Parcels Office/Department?

Many people worked in the parcels office at Dandenong, from the early days of just one Porter handling all the incoming and outgoing, till near the end when cutbacks started to bite as trucks and couriers finally took control.

Photo supplied by Silvia Mete McMahon

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aerial View, Dandenong, late 1920s/early 1930s.

This early view, from sometime after 1915, shows how much smaller Dandenong was over 100 years ago. Looking from below the railway line towards the town centre. What landmarks can you recognise? 

-Below is an excerpt from Reminiscences of Early Dandenong by G.F.R., 1932.

Who named the town? The honour is generally ascribed to Captain Lonsdale, who, in an official report on the district, in 1837, spelt the name “Dan-y-nong.” The original surveyors spelt it “Tangenong” when they made the first survey in the 1840’s. Captain Lonsdale wrote that it was always most difficult to catch the sound of native names as spoken by aborigines, who rapidly ran over “d” and “t,” making it difficult to catch either consonant, but he thought that “Dandenong” sounded, more euphonious, so there we have it. The native name was, as nearly “Dandenong” as the authorities could make it, so the name was bestowed upon the creek, district and township.

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