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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Former Dandenong Town Hall between 1890s and 2000s

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Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1910.

Looking from near the Foster street intersection towards Walker street and beyond. Long before the clock face was added to the Town Hall. The Bridge Hotel (more recently the Jim Dandy) can be seen on the left.This is before the commonly remembered palm trees had even been though of.

The clock face wouldn't be added to the Town Hall until the 1930s, and Crumps General Stor was still located in its small wooden building. Crumps would later be bought by McEwans, with new buildings being built on the site. Presently Best Way occupies this site, continuing the tradition set by Crump a long time ago, providing a shopping destination on the main street.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Baths/First Public Pool, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 1933

This photo is from the Official Opening Day of the Dandenong Baths, which were located next to the old Drill Hall in Dandenong Park, on Lonsdale Street. The former site of the Baths is now covered by a new Playground, A mound remains to the right of the Playground marking the site of the former Drill Hall.

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Dandenong Plaza Ad feat. Sam Newman, 1994/1995

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

David Street, Dandenong. December 1960.

New Weatherboard Houses in David Street, on the left are the gates to the Council Tip (former quarry for the Ordish Brickworks) In the background, the hills were to become part of the future Endeavour Hills Suburb.

Image supplied by Bill Farrell‎

The Grange was the name of the property owned by the navy’s Captain David Ross in 1866. The estate ran from the Princes Highway along Clow Street/Kidds Road down to the Dandenong Creek and it followed the creek up to Heatherton Road.
I have it on good authority that the first home was situated off what became Ross and Lebanon streets and the second more grand home was built in Stud Road, near where May Court runs in off Ingrid Street.
Captain Ross’s youngest son, Herbert, married Ann Ross (no connection). When the property was later subdivided, Herbert named numerous streets in Dandenong after his wife, family and friends.
Ann Street was named after his wife, and Bruce, David, Herbert and Robert after his sons. Melbe Crescent was named after his sister and Margaret and Olive for his daughters.
Stewart Street was named in honour of an old friend of the Ross family, and Cleeland and King after the executors of his father’s will. The second home was demolished in 1964.
Captain Ross allowed access on his property and that track became Stud Road.
Stud Road was named after the police horse stud in the Police Paddocks.
Police Road was named after the police depot, also at the Police Paddocks. Clow Street was named after the Reverend James Clow, who settled in Dandenong in 1838.
This fascinating list was put together by Jenny Ferguson of the South Eastern Historical Association.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, undated.

Looking towards the Clow Street intersection. Guests furniture was still proudly on the corner. Maples still occupied the store further up the road where the small park now stands. 

McCrae street was still a road, the section between Clow and Walker would later be converted into Palm Plaza, with the war memorial being moved from outside the post office on Lonsale Street to this end of McCrae/PalmPlaza.

Image by , Graham Southam

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Pet Shop, Hanover Arcade, Dandenong, 1973.

Do you remember the small pet shop hidden in Hanover Arcade? Dandenong no longer has a local pet store, something that has been lost with the changes of time.

As early as 1972, Allans World Of Music operated from the arcade, many local musicians of the time would drop in the store. Gabby's Boutique, a fashion shop, was operating from 1977. Agnes Jewellery by 1978.

Image courtesy of Greater Dandenong Council.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

General Motors Station, 1957

Originally opened as a single platform in 1 October 1956 to service the General Motors Holden car factory. An alternate date for the opening is 18 November 1956.General Motors Holden factory was completed in 1956. Construction of the station was paid for by General Motors.

The station opened at the site of a number of private railway sidings, two years after electrification of the line though it was commissioned, and at a time when suburban services to Pakenham did not exist. As a result, only a single platform was provided on the north side on the Down track, and services operated as extensions of Dandenong trains at factory opening and close times.

This was altered in January 1975, when suburban services were extended from Dandenong to Pakenham. The Up platform and footbridge to the north was provided in late 1974, and Pakenham trains were timetabled to stop at the station at factory opening and close times.

In 1991, General Motors closed, leaving the station essentially isolated. A notice was issued stating that the station was to close from November , 1991, however it remained open for a further eleven years, despite the closure and demolition of the factory, and the fact that the footbridge now led to a fenced-off, empty paddock where the factory had once stood. By the time it closed, only eight trains stopped at the station each day, four each way.

In late 2004, all signage was removed, "KEEP OUT" signage was installed, and access to the footbridge between platforms was fenced off. Station announcements on the line continued to announce that trains would stop at "all stations except General Motors" until April 2007.

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