NAMATJIRA PARK

Namatjira Park in Springs Road, Clayton South was named, as it suggests, for Albert Namatjira. It was named in the 1960s along with a rash of name changes for streets, mostly in the Clayton area, to indigenous names. However, none of the names in a fast-developing Clayton appear to be

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THE GOSNEYS AND THE GREEN OAK LENDING LIBRARY

In the 1930s to 1960s many people in Melbourne relied upon private lending libraries (also known as “threepenny libraries”, “circulating libraries” or “rental libraries”) for their reading entertainment. Oakleigh had six such libraries in 1940 and eight in both 1945 and 1950, one of which was The Green Oak in

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WILKE AND CO. PRINTERS IN CLAYTON

Wilke and Co. H. G. Gobbi 2021 © What became the largest printing company in Australia, Wilke and Co. Pty. Ltd., opened its factory in Brown’s Road, Clayton on 1 July 1953. Its start as a business, however, came in 1896 in Port Melbourne, led by an enterprising Herbert H.

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A CLAYTON’S BOROUGH – THE 1955-58 PROPOSAL

As the post-WW.II immigration from predominantly central and southern Europe increased, so too did the expansion of urbanised greater metropolitan Melbourne. One such area was Clayton, along the south-east railway and highway corridor from Oakleigh to Dandenong. Due east of the more urbanised Oakleigh, Clayton, like its surrounding areas of

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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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