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The Leader Collection: Reflections of life in the Southern Suburbs of Melbourne 1961-1966

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Front cover of CD-ROM, Leader Collection.

The Leader Collection CD-ROM comprises a selection of three thousand images taken by photographers working for the Chelsea, Mordialloc, Moorabbin and Sandringham Standard Newspapers during the period 1961-1966. The photographs cover a wide range of events of historical importance in the life of the City of Kingston and its preceding municipalities.

A chance conversation with the Managing Director of the Leader Newspapers revealed the existence of a treasure trove of photographic negatives used by the Standard Newspapers over two decades. The enthusiastic support of Susan Windmiller, a senior photographer at the Leader, lead to these negatives being transferred to the custody of the City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston appreciates the donation of the collection by the Leader Newspapers and financial assistance from the National Library of Australia and the Department of Communications and Information.

The Leader Collection CD-ROM received a commendation at the 2001 Victorian Government Community History Awards in the category of Best Audio-Visual/Multimedia.

Dr. Graham J Whitehead
City of Kingston Historian
January, 2001


  • Produced by: City of Kingston
  • Funded by: The Department of Communications, Information, Technology and the Arts, The National Library of Australia
  • Research: Dr Graham J. Whitehead, City of Kingston Historian
  • Research assistance: Carmel Hogan
  • CD ROM production: Martin Dickerson, City of Kingston Library Service
  • Cover art work: Tara Pearmain, City of Kingston Library Service

A community project requires the involvement of many people. The City of Kingston acknowledges the valuable contribution of the following people:

  • Susan Windmiller, The Leader Newspapers
  • Chelsea and District Historical Society
  • Mordialloc and District Historical Society
  • Margaret Diggerson, Valerie Hambridge
  • City of Kingston Library Service

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