About the Monash Local History Databases

This page contains the publication details and other information about the indexes available to be searched on this portal. Availability of the books and items is also stated.

Waverley Streets Index

There are over 2500 streets in the City of Monash. The City is bounded by Warrigal Rd in the west, Dandenong Creek in the East, Highbury Rd in the north, and North Rd / Wellington Rd to the south. Many of the streets were named after pioneering families or significant local features or industry. The database is a project of the Waverley Historical Society (WHS) The information is provided in good faith and the WHS accepts no liability for any errors or omissions therein.

If you believe some of the information listed is incorrect or you can add more detail, please email your comments (including the source of the information and key dates) to the WHS. We would also welcome any copies of old Subdivision/Sale Notices and Plans. The database is an ongoing project.

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Oakleigh Streets Index

There are 430 street names and descriptions in this database. It was compiled by James A Baines in 1975. The author brought a wide range of interests to his task: natural history, genealogy, languages, place names, word meanings and biography. May Keeley, Joe De Looze and Betty Miller added comments to the original work about 1993 and it was then published as a draft by the Library.

James Baines moved to Oakleigh to Eastgate Street in 1942 with his wife Ray and 3 children, and was Principal of Clayton North Primary School from 1971- 1974. After retirement in 1974, he moved to Torquay and wrote "Australian Plant Genera" published by the Society for Growing Australian Plants.

A draft paper copy of the streets database entitled Origin and meaning of names of streets in the City of Oakleigh by James Baines is available in the Library and at the Monash Federation Centre. The database is closed.

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Oakleigh Cemetery Index

The Oakleigh General Cemetery was in operation from 1860 until 1960. The area is now called Oakleigh Pioneer Memorial Park (within Warrawee Park) Oakleigh, Victoria Australia (Melway Reference 69 G7) There are 2298 names in the records of burial. Records contain surname and personal name details, but may or may not also contain date of funeral, plot number, religion, age, occupation, address, cause of death, and notes.The cemetery plan showing plot number locations, burial records, and records of the cemetery headstone transcriptions, is held by History Monash Inc. (formerly Oakleigh & District Historical Society) (03) 9563 2823. It is suggested that searchers contact History Monash Inc. to verify details in this database against official burial records. Learn more about the history of the Oakleigh General Cemetery. You may also contact Oakleigh Pioneer Memorial Park Advisory Committee. The Committee is an advisory body to the City of Monash which now manages the former Oakleigh General Cemetery, near Melbourne, Australia. It has procedures for maintenance, improvement and marking of graves. The database is closed except for corrections to data if needed.

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Ephemera & Articles Index

The Ephemera & Articles Index indexes a variety of types of documents relevant to the history of the development of the area bounded by the City of Monash, and its predecessors: City of Waverley, Shire of Mulgrave, and Oakleigh and District Roads Board, and the Shire, Borough and City of Oakleigh, as well as the communities that have developed within this area. It is an index to pamphlets, booklets, newspaper articles, reports, letters, maps, plans, invitations, posters, essays, and other ephemera.

The earliest item is from 1866: a church report. At present, the majority of the material is composed of newspaper clippings from 1960 to1970, often catalogued together as one set of items. These newspaper items are generally from The Waverley Gazette of that era. It is an active database.

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Monash Public Library Services Pictures Index

Pictures held by the Library.They are held at the Federation Centre, Oakleigh. Tel: 03 9563 2823

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History Monash Inc. (fomerly Oakleigh & District Historical Society) Pictures Index

An index to pictorial material held by the Society in the Monash Federation Centre. Contact History Monash Inc. Phone: (03) 9563 2823 Email: info@historymonash.org.au for information about viewing or obtaining the pictures.

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Local History Book and Newsletter Indexes

Cover of Taking Its Place book Cover of Once there was Jordanville bookcover of Then and Now book

The 14 books listed below have been indexed. You can search on the indexes of the following titles.

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Candlelight on Broadway: A journey to a quieter world

Oakleigh & District Historical Publication Series, Book Two, published by Oakleigh & District Historical Society, 1988. ISBN 0958794707 Book obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through History Monash Inc. Phone: (03) 9563 2823 Email: info@historymonash.org.au
Index by MarJo Angelico, 2001

Background Notes to the book: The writer of the book is from the Edwards family who ran the Foresters' Arms from 1878 to 1959: Jack, Joan and Keith ("Joker") are children of Joseph Alfred Edwards (1872-1928) whose mother was Fanny Sheppard (then Mrs Edwards, then Mrs Trail). Fanny's sister was Jack's (great) Aunt Tottie. Joseph's parents lived in Glenhuntly. Their other children were George Evelyn (Jack's Uncle Eve), Clara, and Harriet (Hattie - Mrs Will Blackburn) Edwards, and later a beloved half-brother, Archibald Claude Trail (Uncle Arch, who married Myrtle). Jack Edwards Reserve is on the north side of the railway line between Huntingdale and Oakleigh (Melway 69 H9).

Cattlemen to Commuters - A History of the Mulgrave District 1839-1961 - now the City of Waverley

by Susan Priestley. Published 1979. ISBN 0909134170. Index by Gwen McWilliam (1983) with corrections by Jo-Anne Northfield ( 1995) (Note the book has its own index by Susan Priestley which is less extensive than the one used here.) Available in the Library (Search in the catalogue) and for purchase from Waverley Historical Society . Contact email: waverleyhsvic@gmail.com

Fallen leaves: commemorating Oakleigh district men who served and died during World War 1.

by Andrew J. Kilsby. Contributors: Peter Beckett, Helen Gobbi, Military Historical Society of Australia. Victorian Branch. Published by Military Historical Society of Australia Victorian Branch Inc. Melbourne: 2010.
Available through History Monash Inc. Phone: (03) 9563 2823 Email: info@historymonash.org.au

No. 734: 150 Years of Clayton North Primary 1865 - 2015

by H. G. Gobbi. Edited by Andrew J. Kilsby. Published by Clayton North Primary School, 2015. Included in the book are pictures, lists of principals, and World War 1 Roll of Honour list.
Available to purchase through Clayton North Primary School, and through History Monash Inc. (formerly Oakleigh & District Historical Society)Tel: (03) 9563 2823 and for loan at the Monash Public Library.

Oakleigh's Golden Days

Text by Pearl Wilson
Research by Jack Edwards and May Keeley
Oakleigh & District Historical Publication Series, Book One, published by Oakleigh & District Historical Society, 1988. ISBN 0958794715 Book obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through History Monash Inc. Phone: (03) 9563 2823 Email: info@historymonash.org.au

Once there was Jordanville: a history of the Ashwood/Jordanville/Chadstone area and the Housing Commission, Victoria estate

by Jeffrey Turnbull. Published by Waverley Historical Society 2007.
Index collated by MarJo Angelico, Waverley Historical Society Inc, 2007. Book obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through the Waverley Historical Society and Matilda's Bookshop Mount Waverley Village.

One Hundred Good Years, A Story of Oakleigh Council

By May Keeley
Oakleigh & District Historical Publication Series, Book Three, published by Oakleigh & District Historical Society, 1991. Book obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue)and through History Monash Inc. Phone: (03) 9563 2823 Email: info@historymonash.org.au
Index by MarJo Angelico, 2001
There are several pages before page 1, even before page i, ii etc. In the index MarJo has named them a to k, skipping i, and numbering pages regardless of whether there is anything on them. Note that the captions for the front and back cover pictures are on page b and are indexed as if they are on that page.

Sharing our past: 90 years of memories by Senior Citizens of Monash.

Edited by Brian Barratt
City of Monash publication, 1995. Book obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue)

Transcribed interviews with Barney Berke, Bill Cattlin, Joyce Charlesworth, Mary Halbisch, Ida Jones, Kath Levett, Muriel Nichols, Jack and Barbara O'Donohoe, and Theodora Wallace.

Taking Its Place: A history of Oakleigh

by H.G. Gobbi. Published 2004. ISBN 0958794758.
Index by H.G Gobbi. Book (with index) obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through History Monash Inc. Phone: (03) 9563 2823 Email: info@historymonash.org.au

Then and Now: A pictorial history of the City of Monash

Published by Waverley Historical Society 2010
Indexed and obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through the Waverley Historical Society.

The Three Glens Railway: a history of the Glen Waverley Railway

By Marc Fiddian

Forest Hill : Raccoon Tail Books, March 2015.
Available from the publisher Raccoon Tail Books and in the library

Wandering Around Waverley: Reminiscences of Waverley's change from rural shire to suburban city: A historiography

by Wyn Hattwell. Published 1990 ISBN 0908081529. Book and paper index obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through the Waverley Historical Society Contact email : waverleyhsvic@gmail.com
Index by MarJo Angelico, Waverley Historical Society 2nd ed.

This index also features several boxed sections with notes about some families and topics: Les Allen, the Armstrong, Arnold, Arnott,Chivers, Coleman, Cooper, Dunscombe, Forster, Jeanes  , Mackintosh and McIntosh,   Muir and Wilson families; The Wendon Dance Academy and Bonfires. Click the names to see the relevant boxed comments from the index.

Waverley Past and Present

Book published by Waverley Historical Society inc 1988
Index collated by MarJo Angelico, Waverley Historical Society Inc, October 2006. Book obtainable at the Library (Search in the catalogue) and through the Waverley Historical Society

WHS Newsletter Index

Waverley Historical Society Inc Newsletter Index (major topics) Index completed 4/8/2008 by MarJo Angelico, editor, and covers newsletters 1 - 184, being from 1971 to July 2008 Numbers refer to issue number. Articles may be viewed at Waverley Historical Society room above Mount Waverley Library. See the Society website for opening hours.

Monash Public Library Service Local History Essays

Online essays prepared by Monash Public Library Service staff. The essays collection will be developed to include information about significant buildings, landmarks and people in the City of Monash.

On Broadway Newsletter

On Broadway is the quarterly newsletter of the Oakleigh & District Historical Society. Each newsletter features one or more articles of local historical interest and these are indexed in the portal. To view copies of On Broadway, contact History Monash Inc. (formerly Oakleigh & District Historical Society). Tel: (03) 9563 2823 Email infor@historymonash.org.au

Land Maps Index

Index by MarJo Angelico to the names and holdings listed on two maps: the 1853 map of first purchase, from the Crown, of land in the Parish of Mulgrave, County of Bourke, State of Victoria; and the 1891 Mulgrave map. More detail about the maps is provided in the results of each search. You can also find other landholders in a given region. The Waverley Historical Society holds copies of the maps.

Index by MarJo Angelico, 2001

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