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History and Cultural Heritage

Digital Archive Collection: Working Life

Since the end of World War II, Dandenong has been a centre for industry. The establishment of the General Motors Holden Plant in Dandenong in 1956, among others, drew workers to the region and helped to build the local economy.

This selection of images captures working people around the municipality, from the General Motors Holden plant, Dandenong’s Commonwealth Offices, to Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.

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About Graham Southam

Graham Southam was a photographer and photojournalist for The Argus and The Journal in the Dandenong area. His collection documents the changes in community and social life in Dandenong from 1950s-1980s. His photographic negatives were bequeathed to the City by Greater Dandenong in 1991.

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