Established 1970
Reg No.A0006377ABN 66 135 493 929 ACNC Charity Tick

Victoria, Australia

P.O. Box 2322
Victoria 3149
Tel 03
9807 3408

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 155 years 1865 - 2020.  The oldest church in Monash City

facebook We are on Facebook and Twitter Darling - Glen Waverley railway line was 91 years old in May 2021
Updated  2.9.2021
. 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).  During covid19 restrictions  both books are only available by post.  Click here for further details and order form.
Both books are also available from: Peppercorn Gifts 53 Hamilton Place, Mt. Waverley

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) images of the area. Available from the WHS rooms (on Wed pm)  OR from Stocksville Cafe, 3 Cleveland Road, Ashwood.   During covid19 restrictions this book is only available by post.  Click here for further details and order form.

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

General Enquiries on the WHS  (inc. meetings and membership):
03 9807 3408
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Australian Vintage Radio society

Meetings and Activities

Our Beginnings


History Timeline of Waverley

Notable Locations

Waverley Heritage

Historic Plaques in Waverley

Frequently Asked Questions

Street Names


Next General Meeting: 2pm Sun 14 November
AGM and 51st Birthday
Belated launch of Then & Now 2 book
Guest Speaker Peter Le Grand
Location: WHS Rooms
Above Mt Waverley Library
Miller Crescent

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 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. (If you can add to the 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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