Stories of Mooroolbark

Welcome to the launch of the Stories of Mooroolbark online archive, a place where you’ll find a growing collection of local stories in written, visual and oral formats.

This online resource was initially conceived to inspire and inform public artwork proposals for the Mooroolbark Street Art Project. It was quickly realised to be a valuable resource for any number of current and future community uses, so we encourage you to become a contributor, so that it might thrive with ongoing additions into the future.

The collection begins with a selection of historical photographs from the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum showing Mooroolbark and surrounds.

‘Arbor Day, South Mooroolbark Primary School, 1903′.

Black and white photograph of a school group at Mooroolbark South Primary School on Arbor Day, 1903, the headteacher was Mr Whitley. This school eventually changed its name to Montrose Primary School.

All seem to be in Sunday best clothing and some are holding tools whilst others are holding small trees. Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Ebenezer and Edward Gray, 1904’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Ebenezer and Edward Gray, 1904’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Letter, 1925’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Mooroolbark School c1940s’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Mooroolbark Town Hall. c1920s’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Mountain Ash and two men’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Grace Dodge, Slooping (1)’

Circa. 1949. This photograph was taken and placed in a negative slip by Edna Walling. The negative was then stored in her ‘portrait’ negative tin dated 1949. This single 120mm black and white photograph is of Grace Dodge standing in a field at Bickleigh Vale Village. Trees line the background. Grace wears a traditional Indian dress.

Handwritten on the negative slip, in blue pen by Edna Walling, it says “Grace Dodge, Slooping (1)”.

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘View over hull road, Mooroolbark’

Circa 1928.

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘W.E. Scales beside bark hut, 1926’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

‘Mooroolbark Railway Station early 20th Century’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

‘Photograph, c1920s’

Image Courtesy of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum