ThrowbackThursday: Were St, Montmorency

#ThrowbackThursday – At last night’s Society talk, “The Shallards of Montmorency,” we heard from Margaret Deighton, daughter of Blanche and Jack Shallard, about growing up in Montmorency in the 1940s and 1950s. So in keeping with that theme; today we time travel back to Were Street in the 1940s where we shall meet a dog named Jack.

Jack, an Alsatian was owned by Mr. and Mrs Musselwhite who ran the local post office from around the mid 1930s to circa 1950. The Musselwhites had trained Jack to go down to the railway station each day about 3pm and collect the daily parcel of evening newspapers delivered by train. Jack would then carry the bundle of newspapers up Were Street to the newsagency where they would then be placed on sale for the locals.

Jack, the Alsatian, carrying the daily bundle of newspapers up Were Street to the Post Office, c.1940s. (Source: Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 402, held in conjunction with EDHS and Yarra Plenty Regional Library)

In those days (as we also heard from Margaret), Were Street was a one shop stop; very different from today’s thriving little shopping precinct.

Another view looking down Were Street towards the railway station, c.1940s (Source: Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 805, held in conjunction with EDHS and Yarra Plenty Regional Library)

Did you grow up in the same time period as Margaret? Do you recall Jack? Being an Alsatian, he would have been a very distinctive dog in those days. Or do you have more recent memories of Were Street and its growing number of shops from the 1960s on?

Montmorency Village Shopping Centre Looking south-southwest from the railway station up to the Were Street shops, Montmorency, 1986 (From the collection of EDHS)
Montmorency Village Shopping Centre Looking south-southwest from the railway station up to the Were Street shops, Montmorency, 8 Feb1986 (From the collection of EDHS)
Montmorency Village Shopping Centre, looking north along Were Street towards the railway station, 8 Feb 1986 (From the collection of EDHS)
Looking down Were Street towards the railway station, Sep 2016 (Google Street View)
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19 thoughts on “ThrowbackThursday: Were St, Montmorency”

  1. I remember Mrs Musselwhite from when I was a very small child. That was probably around 1960. I also remember my mother telling me that Morcombes were building a new shop (supermarket, that later became the cinema) on the other side of the street….

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  2. My husband and I owned the ladies Fashion Shop in the picture in the early 90’s but it was called Cathys Crafts where we sold handicrafts and ran children’s craft classes.

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  3. At the station entry, there was a small kiosk, seen in photo above, that was open during morning and evening peak times to sell papers smokes sweets etc.. When this was burnt by vandals circa 1960, my brother and I rummaged through the ashes and found a bonanza of unburnt chocolates and some choo choo bars. I think this was operated by Musselwhites also.

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  4. My elder sister Judith and I used to walk down to the Montmorency shops from the top of Calrossie Ave in the early 1960’s to pick things up for mum. It was quite a big walk for two little girls and I remember grumbling a bit going back up the hill towards Mountain View Rd. There used to be a Ladies Hairdresser on the lower east side of Were St with steps going up to the door. I was always fascinated with Truscots (second hand yard) about where the Windmill is today.

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  5. I remember the fish and chip shop at the top of the hill we used to buy our lunch there from state school, the circus used the vacant land on the corner of Were Street and Rattray Road, there was also the cake shop further down the hill, Dot Gambrel worked there, and the barber who drove the 48 Chev I can’t remember his name but I’m sure someone will know him.

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    1. I went to Montmorency State School as well. We would occasionally get enough lunch money to buy potato scallops from the fish and chip shop. Used to put them in our vegemite sandwiches! Still do!!

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  6. I remember Jack, concentrating on his task of collecting the papers from the train. It was my parents who ran the Milk Bar at the station for about 7 years. Jack used to pass it on his way to the platform. That’s must have been into the late 1950’s.

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  7. We grew up in Lower Plenty in 30s/40s and used the train when we started working.There was a track through the bush and bracken which came out at Musslewhites paper shop/ post office..I recall Mr Shallard through my Dad knowing him.Monty was much different then,!,!,

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