Established 1970
Reg No.A0006377
ABN 66 135 493 929 ACNC Charity Tick

Victoria, Australia

P.O. Box 2322
Victoria 3149

WHS Crest Welcome!
YOUR HISTORY . . . Alive for future generations in Mulgrave - Waverley - Monash, Victoria through the Waverley Historical Society (WHS). Know your home turf? Think again. Its secrets surround you, waiting for rediscovery. Local train commuters pass the motherlode daily, unaware that a treasure trove of over 160 years of pioneering spirit and district development is across the road from Mount Waverley railway station, above the Monash Public Library branch at 41 Miller Crescent, and is waiting to be tapped. WHS is here to promote and preserve the history of the Mulgrave/Waverley/Monash area and assist interested people with historical research.

St Stephens - Oldest extant church in Waverley district
St.Stephens celebrates 158 years 1865 - 2023.  The oldest church in Monash City

facebook We are on Facebook Darling - Glen Waverley railway line will be 93 years old in May 2023
Updated  17.3.2023
. Then & Now 2 cover The WHS has much pleasure in announcing the publication of Then and Now 2- A Pictorial History of the City of Monash. The book, published in Aug 2020 commemorates the 50th  birthday of the WHS. This A4 book comprises 60 pages of Then and Now (B&W and colour) images, maps and text of scenes within the City of Monash. This book complements Then and Now (1). 

Available from the WHS rooms or by post.  Click here for further details and order form.   also available from Peppercorn Gifts, Hamilton Place, MW.

Once There Was Jordanville by local historian Jeffrey Turnbull. This A4 sized book of 170 pages, describes the history of the settlement of the district by the Jordan Family through to the development of the suburb and the creation of the Housing Commission estate. This most readable text is complemented with many maps and (B&W and colour) images of the area.

Available from the WHS rooms or by post.  Click here for further details and order form.   also available from  Peppercorn Gifts, Hamilton Place, MW.

My Glen Waverley
 by longtime resident Les Bailey.  This A4 sized book contains fifty years of anecdotes and reminiscences of life in the rural township of Glen Waverley (1940-1990). These are entertainingly narrated by an eye witness and child of some early farming families (Herriot, Dunscombe and others). Click her for further details and order form. Available from the WHS rooms or by post.   

Do you have a question about Waverley History
If so then Email

General Enquiries on the WHS  (inc. meetings and membership):
by Email only:
Use this email and we will reply.

Do you need a Speaker for your local Monash group?
See  Speaker Service

Note: The WHS does not maintain any telephone service.


Meetings and Activities

Our Beginnings


History Timeline of Waverley

Notable Locations

Waverley Heritage

Historic Plaques in Waverley

Frequently Asked Questions

WHS Speaker Service

Street Names
(Choose Advanced Search then scroll down to Waverley Street names
.  Enter the street name in the Search by Keyword fieldThen Enter)

Next Event: 

Sunday  26 March 2023 1:00 PM
Pinewood Walk

Join us as we enjoy a new guided walk around Historic Mount Waverley/Pinewood Area.  What hints of the past are still visible to the observant eye? This part of Waverley held orchards, dairy farms and grazing land, a town common and a permanent water reserve.  There are also newer features of note. Explore the familiar paths with an historical mindset to further your understanding of Waverley’s History.
Please bring a bottle of water and good walking shoes.  Meeting place will be forwarded to registrants closer to the time. Please contact us via email or phone as below.

Please register your planned attendance by email: 
Or phone and leave a message on 0409 488 868

References, Newsletters & Books for sale

Contributions to our Collection

WHS trips away

Railways of Waverley


Mt Waverley Football Club History

Schools in Monash

Hotels in Monash

Scouting in Monash

 The Waverley Historical Society Victoria invites you to join us on our OPEN DAYS, which are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month  (except December and January) from 2-4 p.m. Come and visit us to browse our collection including old maps, early Waverley Gazettes, photos. Come and share your story or ask a question. Other Wednesdays 1-5 p.m.  are by appointment for specific research requests.  Above the Mt Waverley branch of the Monash City Public Library 41 Miller Crescent.  
Society has a number of maps, early sub-division plans and aerial photographs of the district. Many of the streets in the Waverley area originate from our early pioneers, while the name "Waverley" and some particular streets relate back to Walter Scott's Waverley novels. If you are searching for the locality: Amstel, Ashwood, Black Flat, Brandon Park, Brentwood, Burwood, Chadstone, Clayton North, Glen Waverley, Jordanville, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Pinewood, Springvale North, Syndal, Talbot Colony, Tally Ho, Waverley Park, Wellington, Whitburn or Wheelers Hill, then maybe we have the information you seek.

Please note that the City of Monash is covered by two historical societies. For queries about the Oakleigh district and surrounds  please visit our sister society History Monash.
History Monash Inc is the former Oakleigh & District Historical Society Inc., established in 1961. Their volunteers are dedicated to studying, collecting, preserving, exhibiting and publishing local history within the City of Monash, especially that of Oakleigh and surrounding districts such as Hughesdale, Huntingdale and Clayton.

You can search the origin of street names in the Waverley area by accessing the on-line database accessible via the Monash Library, see link left. Select  Waverley Street Index. from the Full Catalogue.  (If you can add to the street  information we would welcome your contributions).

We are most grateful to the City of Monash for providing the accommodation for our collection.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this Web site are strictly those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the WHS committee, or of any historian, book author or magazine publisher, or any other historical society.
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