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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Busy working on new site for you to enjoy..

We apologise for the lack of posts of late, we are slowly trying to move stuff over to our new site, but due to time constraints this is taking longer than usual. 

In the meantime you can follow our daily posts on Facebook:

 - The original Old Dandenong page, or 
 - The Friends of Old Dandenong group.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thuruna, 60 Clow Street, Dandenong, undated.

Hidden in the middle of the former R.S.L. aged housing area on Clow Street, Thuruna was originally built in about 1904/05, and was the home of William Peter Cadle.

William Peter Cadle was a descendent of Joseph Cadle. Joseph Cadle and his family had operated wind and steam mills in Little Brighton prior to moving to Dandenong in the 1860s. They purchased a flour mill in Langhorne Street from William Monger, a builder who had constructed the mill in the early 1850s. The business was managed by the Cadle family until 1918, when William Peter Cadle retired. Cadle Bros. remained the registered name for the business until 1958.

William Peter Cadle purchased the land at the corner of Clow and Foster Streets in 1903 and proceeded to have this house built, calling it Thuruna. He personally supervised its injury. The original garden at Thuruna was large with lawns and flower beds, shrubs and large trees. The gravel drives curved in from double gates on Clow and Foster Streets and continued along the sides of the house and between the lawns to the front paddock.

When William P Cadle retired from his business in 1918, he frontages to Clow Street and Walker Street. It was about this time that he subdivided the land and put Ruddock Street through the property. The subdivision date is not recorded but the contract for the sale of one of the first blocks dates November 1920.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Town Hall, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1933.

Cookery Demonstration and Exhibition in the Town Hall. The demonstration and exhibition was organised by the Colonial Gas Association, most of the demonstrations being done by local ladies. 

Dandenong Journal - Thu 8 Jun 1933 - Page 5:

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Market, corner of Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong, 1972.

The old market buildings of this era are long gone, but memories still retain the atmosphere of what was a country market, with all the hustle of what was becoming city life, the market helped to remind locals of the roots of this town. The furniture store still occupied the right corner, whilst Cardens hadn't moved into the top floor on the left side.

A few years later, in 1975, the market site was redeveloped with the old produce hall demolished and new brick produce and fruit halls built further along Cleeland Street. A plaque on the corner of Cleeland and King Street commemorates their opening in 1976. The council was keen to retain the rural atmosphere and European market style and an open air section was retained and it was marketed with the slogan 'City shopping with a country atmosphere.'

This photo and some of the information above is courtesy of the Dandenong Market facebook team.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Parkmore Estate, Keysborough,1964.

On the corner of Cheltenham and Chandler roads, this sale saw the subdivision of 119 blocks. Georgina Lowe writes that her parents bought lot number 87 for 1275 pounds in 1964.
Photos supplied by Georgina Lowe

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rover Den, next 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.

Rover Scouts, also known as Rovers, is the fifth and final youth section of Scouts Australia, Rover Scouts are adults aged between 18 and 25 years of age and are organised into local Crews, which can be associated with a Scout Group or operate stand-alone.

Rover Scouts began in 1918, and are based on founder Baden-Powell's book Rovering to Success and the theme of knighthood. Rover Scouts are actively encouraged to become better citizens through taking part in Scouts Australia's training programs, developing leadership skills, participating in outdoor activities, attending national and international events, providing service to the community and generally building their life skills.

Rover Scouts are distinguished by a red shoulder panel on the blue Scout uniform shirt, with green badges on each shoulder if the wearer is a fully invested/knighted member, as well as the traditional 'knot' of five ribbons (tan for Joeys, yellow for Cubs, green for Scouts, maroon for Venturers and red for Rover Scouts) – this distinguishes Rovers from every other section.

Photo and info supplied by: Brad Farrell

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Pultney Street, Dandenong, 1916 Floods.

Below is an except from the " South Bourke and Mornington Journal, Thu 28 Sep 1916, Page 2"

On Thursday night, 21st inst., rain commenced to fall, and there was every indication of a heavy downpour, and, unfortunate to relate, the outcome was the heaviest flood experienced for upwards of twenty years. All parts of the State have been similarly affected, the amount of damage is almost beyond calculation, and to this must be added the many sad fatalities which have been recorded at different centres.

At Dandenong the rain was almost continuous until Saturday night, and by that time the creek had overrun its banks, and at Carrum a washaway occurred, in consequence of which many of the residents will suffer severe loss. The "straight cuts" made some time ago near the Dandenong creek certainly enabled the flood waters to get away from beyond the railway embankment, although it did not tend to improve matters in the Carrum area.

On Sunday the Main road, from the blue stone bridge, almost to the Cranbourne road junction, was under water, in places up to five feet, and quite a crowd of people went to view the scene. The low lying portion of Gordon Park and the Grange Estate (near Kidd's bridge) were inundated to a great extent, whilst at McLeod road, in the South riding, there is said to have been a depth of 10 feet of water.

The ti-tree flat on the Cranbourne road was a vast expanse of water, and one of the bridges nearby on the Main road was damaged, and had to be hastily attended to by the Cranbourne shire daymen late on Saturday night and on Sunday. On Monday morning the water had practically cleared from the Main road, and from then on the rainfall moderated somewhat.

Up till 6 o'clock on Saturday 5 inches 23 points were registered at Dandenong, and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. the total had reached 6 inches 59 points.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Receipt, purchase of property in Parkmore estate, 1964.

Receipt, purchase of property in Parkmore estate, 1964.
Georgina Lowe writes that her parents bought lot number 87 for 1275 pounds in 1964.
                  *** A plan of the estate can be seen here. **

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dandenong Council Offices, 1967

Photo taken by Graham Southam.
The building as it was then has seen many changes creating the building that now stands, but you can still see some of the original design showing in the present building.

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