Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc - museum Lilydale Melba
Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc - museum Lilydale Melba

Events 2017

Federation of Australian Historical Societies

Newsletter No. 43 – June 2017 from the Federation of Australian Historical Societies has been released. This issue focuses on doing history in historical societies around Australia. Included in the issue of an article on Dame Nellie Melba's 1909 Back Blocks tour in Queensland and New South Wales as traced by Sue Thompson last year.

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New Storage Shed

During January 10 volunteeers under the guidance of builder and Life Member Les Skate donated 420 hours to help build a new storage shed in the grounds of the Old Lilydale Court House. See the building from turning the sod to completion on Flickr.

Cave Hill Redvelopment Submission
The society made a submission to the Heritage Council of Victoria on the inclusion of the heritage features of Cave Hill being included in the state's Heritage Register. The Council has now considered and added Cave Hill Quarry and the associated historic buildings and feature to the Heritage Register. This will allow the new owners to proceed with their development of the site. However, they will have to obtain Heritage Victoria's approval for any changes to the historic features.

Link to our submission

Cave Hill Submission

The Heritage Council of Victoria has issued a Determination to include the Cave Hill Quarry in Victorian Heritage Register. The society put in a detailed submission to the Heritage Council on the Register listing urging the filling of the quarry while retaining key elements which demonstrate the operation of the quarry and the protection of many heritage structures on the site.

Since community discussions were initiated by previous owners and operator Sibelco, the society has worked with the Shire of Yarra Ranges and various consultants evaluating various aspects of the site including its rare heritage features. The society has also had discussions with the new owners of the site and offered to our assistance to help them secure the heritage of the Cave Hill for future generations to learn more about this vital early industry and its role in our development.

Read our submission

Jim Sawyer Tribute

Link to his tribute.

Book Indexer

Prompt, comprehensive and professional book indexing. Make your work more accessible with a well crafted index. Local and general histories a speciality. Modest rates. Contact: Judy Macdonald, mob. 0428263929

Judy is a highly valued member of our society as our librarian and indexer. Currently, Judy is heading up our book indexing team.

Talks and society activities

The following short talks will start at 2.15pm after our general meeting which starts at 1pm:

Saturday, July 1:
General meeting at 1pm followed by afternoon tea.

Saturday, August 5:

Our AGM followed by afternoon tea.

Saturday, August 26: Exploring Local Family History
The society will again be holding a family history day as part of Family History Month. To run from 1 to 3pm the sessions will explore what resources are out there to research your Family History Locally.

It will be held at our home The Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale. The cost is $10 a per person which includes handouts and tea and coffee.

As places are limited to book phone Lorraine Smith on 9735 1104.

Saturday, September 2:
General meeting followed by afternoon tea.

Saturday, October 7:
General Meeting followed by a talk by Henry DeCrue about Lilydale and its changes over the years. Afternoon tea will follow.

Saturday, November 4:
General meeting at 1pm followed by the launch of As It Happened Volume 4 and the society's new associated display on Coldstream, Yering, Gruyere and Killara.

Saturday, December 2:
Christmas party. General meeting at 12 noon followed by lunch at 1pm.


Following requests from our members, the society is organising workshops on Fridays from 1 to 4pm.

Following requests from our members wanting to gain new skills and learn more about the society’s collection, we are holding cataloguing workshops once a month. This is an ideal way to meet other members, learn how to catalogue and make a valuable contribution to the society and the wider community.
The workshops will be from 1 to 4pm on the following Fridays for the rest of the year:
Friday, June 16
Friday, July 21.
Friday, August 18.
Friday, September 15.
Friday, October 20..
Friday, December 17.

Note: no cataloguing in November as we will be preparing for the Lilydale Show.

If you would like to join the group or want more information, call Phil Burton on  9735 3942.


Our May edition of Now & Then newsletter is now available for download. Simply click on this link.

To download back copies of Now & Then, go to our newsletters pages and select the edition you wish to read.

ANZACS project

All the names of our ANZACS are now available on line. Click on this link.


Contact: Sue Thompson (president) 03 9761 9192 or Joy Gothe (secretary) 0405 128 964.


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