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As building work got underway on Gardenvale in 1906, the Brighton Southern Cross hailed it as “the Cinderella of the Brighton stations” – long denied, but now at last allowed to come to the ball.

A century ago, Brighton experienced a weather event unlike any Melbourne had seen before or since.

If you are in your retirement years, you may well have had your first date at the Prince George in Church Street, attracted by the dual cuddle seats in the upstairs balcony and the screening of continental films.

The success of 2011's Bayside Literary Festival prompted us to discover literary figures who lived, worked and/or studied in the Bayside area, and as our Secretary, Elizabeth Paine, and I are both ‘old’ Star girls I looked to our Alma Mater for inspiration. For various reasons I have bypassed the obvious choice, Germaine Greer, and have alighted on the extraordinary writer, Anna Funder.

A search through the Society archives reveals a fascinating letter from a prominent colonial artist's daughter.

The founder of Brighton Grammar School, Dr George Henry Crowther, was a great community man who served for many years as a member of the council of Firbank Church of England Girls’ Grammar.

Many of Australia’s most important and innovative women artists were born and/or grew up in the Bayside area. Perhaps you know of them - Jessie Traill, Janet Cumbrae Stewart, Norah Gurdon, Clarice Beckett, Jean P. Sutherland, Jessie Evans and Margaret Baskerville?

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