Heritage Week 2021 – 1950s, the Suburban Dream

Step back in time to discover the post-war boom and popular culture of the 1950s as it happened in the City of Whitehorse. 

Join us for Heritage Week from 9-16 September. 

Find out more information about the online events from the links below.

Some events have been cancelled due to Victorian Government restrictions. See details below.

Please note: events may be subject to change due to Victorian Government restrictions. Check this page for updates.  

Supported by

Whitehorse City Council Mono Vertical Logo
logo of Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
logo of box hill historical society
logo of Manningham Libraries
Whitehorse Artspace logo
AIGS logo - Heritage Week sponsor

Image credits

  • The Suburban Dream – Schwerkolt Cottage Museum Exhibition
    Green bathers with elastic ruching from the 1950s
    Image courtesy Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
  • May I present, Ladies and Gentlemen… – 1950s Debutante Photographic Display
    Debutantes and Partners 1954
    City of Nunawading, 9th Mayorall Ball
    Image courtesy Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
  • Being a Kid in the 1950s
    Backyard Fun
    Image courtesy Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
  • Conquering Trove – Researching your family history through newspapers
    The Melbourne Argus 1848
    Image courtesy National Library of Australia.
  • 1950s Shopping in Box Hill
    Whitehorse Road Box Hill n.d
    Image courtesy Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
  • Suburban Modern: Housing in Box Hill and Nunawading in the 1950s
    ‘House of Tomorrow’, at the Modern Homes Exhibition, October 1949, Melbourne Exhibition Building
    Designed by Robin Boyd, Photograph by Wolfgang Seivers
    Image courtesy State Library of Victoria
  • School yard fun in the 1950s
    Grade 1 C 1954, Blackburn Primary School 
    Image courtesy Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
  • From Blossoms to Brick Veneers – Box Hill Historical Society Walk
    Looking north, Cameron Road and Kerrimuir Street, Box Hill North 1950s
    Image courtesy Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
  • The Famous and the Unusual! - Box Hill Cemetery Tour
    Sydney Myer Memorial Box Hill Cemetery n.d
    Image courtesy Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
  • Circa 1950s Fashion, a Nicole Jenkins presentation
    1950s American-style prom dress (nylon tulle and acetate taffeta). 
    Photograph by Tira Lewis