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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Grenda’s Bus Company, 9 Foster Street, Dandenong, 1945.

In 1925 George Grenda started a milk carrying company. G. F. Grenda Milk Carrier collected milk in cans from farms around the Dandenong area and delivered it to metropolitan dairies. The family business continued to grow and was operating 12 trucks by 1945. George bought this property to house and operate the four bus routes, with the six buses (one pictured) he had bought. 

He purchased six small buses, four bus routes (from Shaves Bus Service in Dandenong), and the primary foundations of a bus depot (pictured in 1945) that collaboratively would become Grenda's Bus Services. Grenda was purchased by Ventura Bus Lines in 2013.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Douglas Street, Noble Park, late 1960s

Postcard of Douglas Street in Noble Park looking towards the Heatherton Road intersection,

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New World (Coles) Cafeteria, 23-26 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, 1963

This wonderful shot of the New World (coles) Supermarket Cafe, shows a touch of mid-century Americana that came to Dandenong along with all the bells and whistles of the time. 

The store was built where the present 24 hour store stands between the Princes Highway and Cleeland Street, Opposite the Dandenong Market. When first built the Dandenong Store included the iconic rocket and glass panels along the highway side wall, featuring pictures of old Dandenong.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Clive Peters, 1 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong, 1980

Long before it became a Club-X, this site was home to Dandenongs outlet of Clive Peters. The site has seen a few occupants but the building still remains the same. 

When the road was originally aligned under the train line from its original location (crossing the tracks between Little Robinson (Mason) and Hammond road, the section under the tracks to Foster street was known as Hammond Road (Street), 

When Brighton/Hammond road was realigned from it's original crossing point near where George street bridge/Stockmans bridge was recently built, to meet the end of Hammond road, this section was renamed to Cheltenham Road.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Doveton Avenue, Doveton, early 1970s.

The washway/floodway on Doveton avenue was known well when it rained heavy, causing the Eumemmerring creek to flood across the road. in the distance the road meets Laurel avenue just before the houses. Further in the distance is where Endevour Hills now lies.

Doveton avenue has since been leveled out with a small bridge now crossing the creek, with slight course changes and the such now easing the chance of the flooded road once seen. Did you try driving through the water? Sadly in the 1970s, one woman did, having her car washed away, taking her life.

Photo courtesy of Casey Cardinia Heritage

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, April 1901

This shot was taken during the 1901 floods, looking south from the corner of Lonsdale Street and Foster Street. The magnificent double storey building further up the road was McConnells "Park View" boarding house. He was also in the employ of Victoria Railways, becoming the local Train Examiner and Pumping Station attendant,

On the left would have been Dandenong Park, with part of it's white fence visible in the distance. In these eary days flooding was common in the lower end of town, with natural water flow reminding locals that nature still controlled their day to day life.

John McConnell worked for the Victorian Railways and lived in Park View with his wife Edith, They had five children in total, with two sadly dying in infancy. McConnell died, aged 59, on 21st March 1920, the previous day, his coat had become entangled in the fly-wheel of the water pump engine he oversaw at the Dandenong Railways pumping station.

His injuries were so severe, that local doctors couldn't save him, he was moved at one to Nurse Ahern's private hospital, where Dr. Langley and Dr. A. E. Taylor tended to him. Agnes King (nee McConnell), one of his children, was one of the first on the scene, His wife, Edith passed away on August 5th 1936.

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