The Young Brothers: A World War II Tribute

Cyril Frank Young and Ivan Charles Young Brothers Cyril and Ivan Young were both lost to World War II service in very different theatres of war and circumstances. Twenty-seven-year-old Cyril died at Kuching camp, as a prisoner of war of the Japanese; twenty-one-year-old Ivan died in the Middle East, shot

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The Spanish Influenza: some local impacts of the 1919 pandemic

The pandemic referred to as the ‘Spanish flu’ started out on its devastating path in 1918, the last year of the First World War. It was passed among soldiers in Western Europe and at war’s end the virus spread rapidly around the world as soldiers returned from active service. Remote

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Oakleigh Memorial Gates

Source: H.G. Gobbi: Taking Its Place: A History of Oakleigh 2004. The Memorial Gates outside Oakleigh Primary School were dedicated in March 1925. At that ceremony, the Lady Mayoress (the wife of the Oakleigh Mayor, Councillor Hughes, after whom Hughesdale is named) unlocked the gates for the first time. They

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NEW HISTORY WALKS AROUND OAKLEIGH

As its contribution to History Month 2020,  History Monash Inc has published five history walks around Oakleigh on this website.  Please see Research and Services/Articles/History Walks. The walks feature landmarks, public areas and buildings of historical significance and interest around Oakleigh: Walk One:  Oakleigh’s heritage precinct Walk Two: Around Oakleigh

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HISTORY WALKS

History Monash Inc invites you to participate in five walks around the Oakleigh area: Walk One:  Oakleigh’s heritage precinct Walk Two:  Around Oakleigh railway station Walk Three:  Oakleigh commercial buildings Walk Four:  Atkinson Street/Dandenong Road Precinct Walk Five:  Hughesdale (formerly South Oakleigh). Note:  some of the buildings in these walks

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THE OAKLEIGH MOTEL

THE OAKLEIGH MOTEL   The Oakleigh motel enjoys the distinction of being the first motel built in Victoria.  It was opened in 1957 at 1650 Dandenong Road, Oakleigh.    The owner, Cyril Lewis, had stayed in motels in the United States of America and these inspired his own vision for the

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BANKING ON OAKLEIGH

BANKING ON OAKLEIGH Banks are an integral part of local communities.  Through supporting personal and business financial management they help communities to grow and prosper. This article looks at the development and past operations of banks in Oakleigh.  Ian Westman shared his memories of being a teller in Oakleigh in

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BANK HOUSES

If you live in a smallish (or once-small) Californian bungalow whose external features resemble those of others, then there is a good chance that your house was once a “bank house”.  “Bank houses” were financed by the State Savings Bank of Victoria in the early twentieth century through the Credit

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DOROTHY GIBSON: GARDEN PARTIES IN OAKLEIGH FOR COMMUNISM

Few people nowadays would recognise the name of Dorothy Gibson from Oakleigh, Victoria.  Yet this woman was hailed by Australian historian Stephen Murray-Smith as a person whom history should not forget, and a “kind of latter-day saint”.[1] Dorothy Gibson had a remarkable life of political action dedicated to world peace

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POLICING IN OAKLEIGH

This article is part of a series of articles based upon information found in “Taking Its Place:  A History of Oakleigh” by H. G. Gobbi,  2004. Prior to 1856 there was no local policing of the area around Oakleigh, and local residents and travellers were constantly anxious about robbery.  Theft

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