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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ANZAC DAY TRIBUTE 2020 – THE DIXON BROTHERS

The mood at the send-off for Oakleigh troops to War in 1914 was one of lightness mixed with bravado; it served to keep the ceremony upbeat. Enlistees were pinned with a medal naming the recipient as a soldier of the Empire, and inscribed ‘from Oakleigh residents, Sept. 4 1914’. Twenty-two

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“The Old Hospital” in Palmer Street, Oakleigh

This is one of a series of articles based on Taking Its Place:  A History of Oakleigh 2004 and on additional information provided by its author, H.G. Gobbi. Many people in Oakleigh were born at the “old hospital”, as they call it; that is, the Palmer Street Hospital.  Perhaps, like

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WHY “ON BROADWAY”?

Why is the History Monash Inc (HM) member journal entitled “On Broadway”? No, it is not because we aspire to having our own stage show.  The Broadway was in fact an early name for part of what is now Dandenong Road, between Warrigal Road and Atkinson Street. In her book,

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BANK HOUSES

(A more detailed article on this topic is contained in the Autumn 2020 issue of the History Monash Inc journal “On Broadway”, available to members.) What is a “bank house”?  If you had lived in Oakleigh one hundred years ago, you would probably have known quite a few people who

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Mervyn Knight's grave at Mericourt-L'Abbe cemetery

Mericourt – A Story about a House

When I decided to research the history of my home, a Californian bungalow in Hughesdale, I had no idea that an outcome would be a pilgrimage to a little village in France. Nor did I foresee that the task would give the centenary of the World War One armistice a

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Battle of Oakleigh 1888 Part II

Logistics Exercises like this, small in scale and time by Easter camp standards though it was, still required considerable logistics – rations had to be arranged and issued to the soldiers to carry in their haversacks or ration carts pre-positioned in the exercise area, medical arrangements had to be made

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The Battle for Oakleigh 1888 Part I

Part I Introduction 1888 was a particularly busy year in the life of the nascent Militia forces in Victoria. Formed in 1885 to replace in large part Volunteer forces which had been in existence since the mid- 1850s, Militia involvement in the social, civil and military life of this wealthy

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The Oakleigh Club 1971-1990

In the 1960s there were few restaurants in Oakleigh and for some years prior to the opening of the Oakleigh Club sporting officials sought premises with a dining facility in which businessmen might meet. Ultimately, the Club held mixed membership. A meeting of five men: Peter Newton and Jack Edwards

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