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Vanity Lane Project

The Vanity Lane project is a new pedestrian priority lane in central Dandenong that improves connections between Lonsdale Street and Thomas Street; two of Dandenong’s most active streets.

It will establish a vital east/west pedestrian link within the central street network. The new lane will be a safe, comfortable and welcoming 24/7. It will support walking and connect people to much loved destinations and easy central parking option. Current links are only accessible via private businesses and arcades with restricted operating hours. The site has important historical connections to notable local families and individuals, Anzac commemoration and a celebrated botanical collection of state significance. 

Design Process

In July 2020 Council engaged leading experts Hassell Design Studio to develop design concepts for Vanity Lane. The lane is expected to be welcoming, safe and high functioning for a variety of uses with an emphasis on pedestrians moving easily between Lonsdale and Thomas Streets. The design will give attention to:

  • Lighting for safety and to create a unique experience

  • Design features including public art

  • Pavement and wall treatments

  • Greenery and landscaping

  • People counters, CCTV and WIFI technologies

More information

For more information contact Jenny Pemberton-Webb, Place Manger, Placemaking and Revitalisation Unit via email or phone 8571 1000.


A Site of Historic Significance

The address, 275 Lonsdale Street in Dandenong,  has a unique local history of retail uses dating back to the late 1800’s and is associated with notable families and individuals, Anzac commemoration and a celebrated botanical collection of state significance.

Joson Couve arrived in Australia from Mauritius in 1883 and opened his first pharmacy in Lonsdale Street in 1884. Later in 1911, he moved his chemist business to 275 Lonsdale Street and ran it for 8 years. During this period his two sons enlisted and went to Gallipoli where they were amongst the first Dandenong boys to be killed in action.

The site continued as a pharmacy until the mid 1980’s changing hands seven times, from one family pharmacist to the next. Charles McKeon was the longest serving pharmacist at this site from 1952 – 1976. McKeon's son, Simon, became a lawyer, investment banker, CSIRO Chairman and Monash University Chancellor. He was the 2011 Australian of the Year and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his charitable and community endeavours.

Local histories, photos and stories associated with the Couve and McKeon families have been researched and form part of the historic narrative for 275 Lonsdale Street.

Can you help? 

If you have memories or material that relate to these local pharmacists Council we would appreciate hearing from you. 

  • VS Lalor (1920’s)
  • JT Sanders (1920’ and 30’s)
  • AF Abfalter (1930’s)
  • AG Finlayson (1940’s)
  • Brian Davies (1980’s)

If you have any information, please contact Vanity Lane Project Manager, Jenny Pemberton-Webb via email on or telephone 0414 105 906.