We recently received some programs and photos of The Murrumbeena Musical and Dramatic Society, also known as The Murrumbeena Operatic Society. Founded in 1930 the company staged operas and musical comedies such as Les Cloches de Corneville (Caulfield Town Hall 1932), The Girl from Kay’s (Murrumbeena Public Hall 1938), Miss Hook of Holland (1934), Our Miss Gibbs (1935), The Marriage Market (1935) , No No Nanette (1936).

Paul Plunket, produced some of the Society’s productions including No No Nanette in 1936, The Girl from Kay’s 1938 and Sally 1939.

Cast The Girl from Kay’s, October 1938

From an article in Caulfield Historical Society Newsletter 33, April 1992 

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Remember the good old days when retail traders delivered as part of the service or called at your residence. The baker and milkman delivered daily and the rabbit-o, dairy produce man, iceman, Chinese fruit & vegetable man, bottle-o and local shop-keepers such as grocer, fruiterer, butcher along with large retail stores delivered regularly.

THE GOOD NEW DAYS [1992]

Some modern improvements in the past decade were listed –

  • Street name signs show postcode and municipality and visible by car headlights
  • House numbers on S.E.C. poles
  • House numbers painted on kerbstones
  • New brighter street lights
  • Rumblers, garbage bins – Caulfield was the first municipality in Melbourne to have them
  • New tall post boxes, with bottom storage to replenish the posties delivery bag
  • Brick footpaths
  • Neighbourhood Watch