Heritage Week – 1950s, the Suburban Dream

Whitehorse News - August 2021

9-16 September is Heritage Week.

Discover the post-war boom and popular culture of the 1950s as it happened in the City of Whitehorse.

Council will be hosting a range of events both online and in-person that will give you fascinating insights into what life was like in Whitehorse 70 years ago.

Come down to Schwerkolt Cottage to explore our exhibition of 50’s wedding dresses, clothes and domestic items.

Fashionistas will love the 1950s Fashion presentation hosted by Nicole Jenkins at Nunawading Library and the photos of the glamorous young women featured in the 1950s Debutante Photographic Display at Box Hill Town Hall.

Take a literal step back in time with our walking tours led by the Box Hill Historical Society, where you can learn about Box Hill’s development history from blossoms to brick veneers or the famous and unusual stories of prominent figures laid to rest at Box Hill Cemetery.

Test your knowledge at Box Hill Historical Society’s trivia night, or learn how to chronicle your own life story at Vermont Library’s workshop with author Sue Gunningham. 

We will also be hosting a range of online events on the Heritage Week website, with digital presentations exploring childhoods, shopping, backyards and housing in the 1950s.

Learn how to research your own family history through old newspapers, or take a virtual tour of Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex.