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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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Monday, August 14, 2017

Dandenong Sewerage Authority, 205 Thomas Street, Dandenong, 1968.

Although not the most exciting place to work at, many did this job, and did it well, from it's earliest inception the authority played an important role in creating and maintaining what we today take for granted. Sewerage was first controlled by a committee in the local council, before the authority was created.

But perhaps the foreground distracts you too much, we can't help but wonder how it happened.

Dandenong Sewerage Authority became Dandenong Springvale Sewerage Authority then taken over by MMBW to become South East Water. 

Photo taken by the wonderful Graham Southam.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Frank Facey, 254 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, undated.

Frank Facey was born in Cranbourne, Victoria and after a career in coach building , started a Real Estate business in Dandenong which commenced trading in 1917. In 1945 a new site was purchased and a new office built in Lonsdale Street. In 1982 they joined the First National Real Estate Group. In 1990 Hall & Partners took control and they began trading as Hall & Partners First National from the same Lonsdale Street Location.

Advocate - Sat 21 Jun 1913 - Page 19

Frank Facey purchased the well know Coach business started by John Hemmings, in Pultney street, but by 1917 he had started his real estate business in the shop to the left of Crumps store on Lonsdale street. Frank’s son Angus joined his father in the business in 1930. His son Andrew followed in his footsteps and joined his father in the business in 1968 and took over the management in 1974. In 1956, with his son Angus now in charge, Facey Real Estate moved into their new premises at 254 Lonsdale street.

The present form of the local business, Hall & Partners First National, is still located at 254 Lonsdale street, although extensive changes to the front of the building make it almost impossible to recognise now. To the left was the Bank Of New South Wales, now home to the Westpac bank.

Image supplied by Geraldine Kyte

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