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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Corner of Mason and Walker Streets, Dandenong, late 1980s.

A couple of photos side by side taken late 80's showing former Church of Christ on corner of Mason and Walker Streets.


The original Church of Christ building was constructed in 1904 and officially opened on 28 August after an 11 week construction period on the corner of Robinson and George Street (before George street was realigned to meet the end of Walker street in the early 2010s).

In early 1918 through voluntary labour the Sunday School hall was added to the rear of the church, further working bees resulted in the lining of the hall and construction of the kitchen.

In September 1957 a newly built brick chapel (pictured) on the corner of Mason and Walker Streets was completed (Presently occupied by Cornerstone Contact Centre since 1992), The church moved in 1990 to new premises at 139 David Street, outside the CBD area, ending its involvement in the centre of Dandenong.

The 1904 church building on Robinson Street was occupied by the Dandenong Assembly of God until 1977 when it was sold to the United Pentecostal Fellowship. It later became occupied by the Church of the Word. The building would survive into the 21st century before being demolished as part of the Revitalization of Dandenong, Presently the new A.T.O. building occupies this site.

Photos supplied by: Brad Farrell

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Part of former Ordish Brick Works as viewed from David Street, Dandenong.

Part of former Ordish Brick Works as viewed from David Street, Dandenong.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Church Of Christ, 17 Robinson Street, Dandenong, in 2009 - Not long before demolition

The original Church of Christ building was constructed in 1904 and officially opened on 28 August after an 11 week construction period on the corner of Robinson and George Street (before George street was realigned to meet the end of Walker street in the early 2010s).
In early 1918 through voluntary labour the Sunday School hall was added to the rear of the church, further working bees resulted in the lining of the hall and construction of the kitchen.
In September 1957 a newly built brick chapel on the corner of Mason and Walker Streets was completed (Presently occupied by Cornerstone Contact Centre since 1992), The church moved in 1990 to new premises at 139 David Street, outside the CBD area, ending its involvement in the centre of Dandenong.
The 1904 church building pictured was occupied by the Dandenong Assembly of God until 1977 when it was sold to the United Pentecostal Fellowship. It later became occupied by the Church of the Word. The building would survive into the 21st century before being demolished as part of the Revitalization of Dandenong, Presently the new A.T.O. building occupies this site.

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Rover Den, nxt to Scout Hall Princes Hwy, Dandenong.

The old Rover Den on the left of the scout hall now gone, Lonsdale Rovers (affiliated with 1st dandy) met there for many years and was later joined by Tanjenong Rovers(affiliated with 9th Dandy) in the early 80's - then renamed to Ecks-Calibre Rovers that met there well into the 90's and possibly later.

Photo and info supplied by: Brad Farrell

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mayfair Theatre/Arcade, 170 Thomas Street, Dandenong, Undated

The Mayfair Theatre/Arcade included the Ice-Cream shop, Fish and Chip shop, Photographer, Hairdresser, Barber, Dress shop and Wool shop on the corner, there was a Butcher shop at the other end.

Photos and Info supplied by:  Jenny Sheppard

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Post Office, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1967.

The Post Office can be seen on the left of the Town Hall. In this 1967 photo the Post Office is shown from the front. Notice too the water fountain that was donated by the Ladies Temperance Society's.

Photo and info supplied by: Patricia Joan Alsop

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Maples, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.

Maples, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.

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Gladstone House, corner Langhorne and Foster Streets, Dandenong, in 1896..

ladstone House hydropathic hospital on the corner of Langhorne and Foster streets Dandenong opened in 1896, working on the theory of no medicine or operations.

Elizabeth Mary Orgill (nee Gladstone) operated Gladstone House until 1911, along with another hydropathic hospital (Birthwood) on Cheltenham road. She was the daughter of William Gladstone (Nephew of William Ewart Gladstone, UK prime minister in 1874).

Gladstone Road in Dandenong is named after her family, who owned and occupied a farming paddock in the area on former Police Paddock ground, the Police reserve having earlier been reduced back to Stud Road.


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Town Hall/Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1915-1940s

Well before the streets of Dandenong became synonymous with the sounds of bellowing cattle, cracking whips and barking dogs the district was alive with an enviable mixture of natural resources. Red gums and She oaks, flowing water, rich soil for agriculture and great potential for dairy farming, added to its proximity to Melbourne, helped define the tiny township’s support role in helping to build booming Melbourne.

Although first settled in the 1840’s it wasn’t until the 1850’s that the signs of organized industry began to emerge as dray load after dray load of felled red gums made their way to Melbourne with much needed timber to establish wharves, timber street pavers and railway lines.

Supporting this industry was a small labour force and, along with a handful of bold settlers, they laid the foundations of the bustling town that continues over 160 years later to draw people, business and industry into it boarders.

Dandenong’s proximity to Gippsland also meant that it soon became known as “The Gateway to Gippsland” as it was perfectly placed with road, and later, railway links to Gippsland’s own network of, once considered, inexhaustible natural resources.

In 1865, when Dandenong had a population of 250, the then Minister for Lands described Dandenong as “The most picturesque little town he had ever seen”. In 1868 the first cattle market opened. The shanty town was now a market town and Dandenong had found its thumping heart.


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Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, undated

Although first settled in the 1840’s it wasn’t until the 1850’s that the signs of organized industry began to emerge as dray load after dray load of felled red gums made their way to Melbourne with much needed timber to establish wharves, timber street pavers and railway lines.

Supporting this industry was a small labour force and, along with a handful of bold settlers, they laid the foundations of the bustling town that continues over 160 years later to draw people, business and industry into it boarders.

Dandenong’s proximity to Gippsland also meant that it soon became known as “The Gateway to Gippsland” as it was perfectly placed with road, and later, railway links to Gippsland’s own network of, once considered, inexhaustible natural resources.


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