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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blanchard Motors, Corner of Springvale Road and Princes Highway, Springvale, 1970.

We came across this wonderful shot by Graham Southam of the old Holden dealership run by Graham Blanchard in Springvale. For many years this business graced a corner of what would become one of the most notorious intersections withing Greater Melbourne.

Andrew Scanlon writes:
Impala kitchens and a BBQ place were on the showroom site in a new building for years afterwards. The used car site continued as a car yard till the 2000's then became a lighting place with the yard and building more or less intact.

Image courtesy of; City of Greater Dandenong

Aerial of Dandenong (princes hwy) and Springvale Roads around 1955

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Dandenong South Primary School, Kirkham Road, Dandenong, 1963.

The school opened in 1961, after pressure mounted for a number of previous years due to increasing student numbers at the main school in Dandenong.

Photo supplied by: Kay McCaul

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Parade, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1959.

A parade for the proclamation of the City of Dandenong in 1959, it does capture a wonderful moment and reminds us of the spirit which people once embraced this lovely town of ours.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

R.S.L. (Westwood), 70 Walker Street, Dandenong, December 1988

Slowly reaching the end of time it had remaining, the RSL (formerly westwood) would in a number of years be removed along with other buildings, presently this site sits under the Plaza carpark.
Back in November 1953, the Dandenong RSL started using, for the first time, their new clubrooms at Westwood for monthly meetings on Friday nights. Before this meeting were held in Rest Hut at the corner of Langhorne and Walker Streets.

Photo supplied by; Greg Pedler
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Walker Street, Dandenong, 1977.

Looking up Walker Street towards where the Plaza now stands. After Myers was built but before the telephone exchange was extended/rebuilt higher blocking the view of Myers carpark. This is from a postcard and is dated 30/04/1977 by the sender, so we can assume it is from similar time.

Myer originally opened in Dandenong on November 4, 1974 as a four-level, standalone department store, with the Capital Centre opening in 1989. In the 1990's the Dandenong Plaza development, joining Myer to the Capital Centre, saw Myer reduce from four to three levels.

In late 2013, Myer closed it's store in Dandenong, leaving the space to be fully renovated into the Dandenong Plaza. Target now occupies the former ground floor opening into Dandenong Plaza. with varying other stores including Aldi occupying the upper floors.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Kendalls Dairy, Corner Robinson and Rodd Streets, Dandenong, undated.

Who remembers the old dairy on corner of Robinson and Rodd Streets, it was later occupied by an engraving business in early 1960s, before it was pulled down to make room for flats.

Image supplied by: Hans Van Dyk

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, April 1978.

This view of Lonsdale Street shows the former Woolworths and Coles Variety Stores, in their original locations. Taken in front of the Town Hall on the corner of Walker Street.

Woolworths first moved opposite the Market, , after the takeover of Safeway, woo;worth was re-branded as Safeway in Victoria, this saw the closure of the Clow Street store, in recent years Safeway store were re-branded as Woolworth.. Coles moved to it's present Highway location, opening a second store in the Dandenong Plaza.

This photo was shared by Anneke Pereboom-Veldman

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