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History and Cultural Heritage

The City of Greater Dandenong has a rich and diverse history.

This is reflected in historical sites that show the changing face of our city, and in the valuable contributions made by Indigenous Australians and people from all over the world who came to make their home here.

The City of Greater of Dandenong is committed to protecting, managing, promoting and celebrating its history and heritage. By recording and celebrating the history, culture and the achievements of the people of Greater Dandenong we teach understanding and appreciation of our heritage.

Effective management today will ensure that things of value, beauty and importance to the community are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Council has affirmed its commitment to history and heritage through its Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy.

View the 'Greater Dandenong History and Cultural Heritage Online Exhibition' videos below. 

Digital Archive

The City of Greater Dandenong is currently creating digital records of the thousands of items in the municipality’s heritage collections.

Working with the Springvale and District Historical Society, the Dandenong and District Historical Society and a team of volunteers, Council has begun to add these digital records to its new home for online collections, eHive.

The first release of images, featuring a selection of the Graham Southam collection of photographic negatives, is now live. 

 View the Digital Archive

Digital Archive Collection: Community Life

Photographer Graham Southam created an intricate record of public life in the Dandenong region. The public events he captured offer an opportunity not only to remember the streetscapes and fashion of Dandenong through the years, but to reflect on the traditions that continue to draw people together.

Browse 'Community' in the Digital Collection

Digital Archive Collection: Working Life

Since the end of World War II, Dandenong has been a centre for industry. The establishment of the General Motors Holden Plant in Dandenong in 1956, among others, drew workers to the region and helped to build the local economy. This selection of images captures working people around the municipality, from the General Motors Holden plant, Dandenong’s Commonwealth Offices, to Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.

Browse 'Working Life' in the Digital Collection

Digital Archive Collection: Sport

Graham Southam closely documented Dandenong’s thriving sporting life. With premier sporting venues like Shepley Oval established in the 1950s, the Dandenong region has a proud history of sports participation. This selection of images captures sportspeople in action between 1950s and 1980s, from football and basketball to lawn bowls.

Browse 'Sport' in the Digital Collection

Digital Archive Collection: Fashion

The Graham Southam collection captures excellent examples of fashion from the 1960s through to the 1980s. Even before the opening of Myer Dandenong in 1974 (closed 2013), Dandenong was a regional centre for retail fashion outlets. This selection features images of fashion parades from the late 1960s.

Browse 'Fashion' in the Digital Collection


About Graham Southam

Graham Southam was a photographer and photojournalist for The Argus and The Journal in the Dandenong area. His collection documents the changes in community and social life in Dandenong from 1950s-1980s. His photographic negatives were bequeathed to the City by Greater Dandenong in 1991.

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