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Oakleigh & District Museum

Mechanics Institute, Drummond Street OAKLEIGH

The Society is based in a room within the classified former Mechanics Institute and its holdings include local records. Three books on the history of Oakleigh are available for purchase - Candlelight on Broadway, Oakleigh's Golden Days (illustration only) and One Hundred Good Years (the story of Oakleigh Council).

Our Collection

These include two collections co-located in the Monash Federation Centre, at 3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh, in the Warrawee Park historic precinct adjoining Oakleigh Cemetery. The first collection is the Monash Public Library Service local history collection, consisting of books, bound newspapers, and microfiches, which are on open access. The second is the Oakleigh and District Historical Society collection, founded in 1981, consisting of a local history collection relevant to Oakleigh, Hughesdale, East Oakleigh and Clayton, including photographs, cemetery records, some civic, club and school records, manuscripts, maps, ephemera, and family histories. The Society’s collection can be accessed by appointment.

This collection documents the local history of Oakleigh and the surrounding district, including East Oakleigh, Clayton and Hughesdale.