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

Events 2018

Talks and society activities plus community events

Saturday February 23, 1.30pm:

Lilydale Cemetery Tour

The society is holding a tour of Lilydale Cemetery to reflect on the 88th anniversary of the death of Dame Nellie Melba on February 23.

The tour will include visits to the graves of local people and finish at Melba’s grave. The tour starts at the Nelson Rd gates at 1.30pm. The cost is $10  which includes a cemetery booklet and  tea and coffee back at the Old Lilydale Court House afterwards.

Bookings: Sue Thompson 0475 219 884.

Saturday, March 2 at 2.30pm:

Join Philip Burton as he tells the stories of the pubs and publicans of Lilydale during his popular Behind the Bar walk. It will be given after our general meeting at 1pm. Members free. Gold coin donation for non members.

Saturday, March 16 at 1.30 to 3.30pm:

Eastern Regional Libraries is offering an afternoon with award-winning author and clinical psychologist, Jill Giese talking about her book The Maddest Place on Earth.

Jill will take you on a journey back to Melbourne's early lunatic asylums. Grappling with a soaring rate of mental illness, Victoria embarked on a grand asylum project to cure insanity with an enlightened treatment. This intriguing slice of history will come to life through the eyes of patients, the ambitious doctor in charge, and a mysterious journalist who worked undercover to expose the patients' plight.

The talk will be at the Lilydale Library Box Hill Institute Lilydale Campus Jarlo Drive Lilydale. Afternoon tea provided.
Please log in with your library card to reserve your place at this event. You may also book by phone or at your nearest library. Phone: 9800 6457.

Lilydale High School Centenary Celebrations March 30 and 31:
Commencement Dinner
To celebrate 100 years of Lilydale High School, past students, former and current teachers, principals, school council members and parents/guardians are invited to the school's  Commencement Dinner on Saturday, March 30,6.30 pm (7 pm start) oKarralyka Centre,Ringwood
A three-course meal, with free-flowing soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served. Alcoholic drinks will also be provided at bar prices. Cost is $80 per person. Seating will be arranged in tables of 10.
At the dinner, “Look to the Light” a book on the history of Lilydale High School, written by Lynda Carroll will be introduced.
School tour and morning tea
There will be a school tour the following day: ( As some guests are travelling from interstate to attend the school ‘Commencement Dinner’ on Saturday 30 March, Principal Wendy Powson would like to invite guests and their families to attend a school tour and morning tea on Sunday 31 March. The tour will commence at 9.30 am, with a morning tea to be served at 10.30 am.
Saturday, April 6 at 2.30pm:

The Postie and the Builder a Q & A session.

A society first, it will feature local former postie Ron Norman and builder Ray Oliver answering your questions about their lives growing up in Lilydale. Both in their 80s, they have amazing memories of people, places and events. It will held at the Old Lilydale Court House at 2.30pm after our general meeting at 1pm. Bring along that question you always wanted to know the answer to, and our panel will try and answer it. Gold coin donation for non-members.

If you have anyone you think our members would enjoying hearing from, please email us at or call Sue Thompson on 0475 219 884.
Saturday, May 4 from 2.30pm:
Port Campbell of the Past
Anyone with links to the Great Ocean Road either for holidays or just passing through, should make sure they come along and listen to Gus Ward speak about Port Campbell and life there from the 1930s and 1950s. His talk will follow our general meeting which starts at 1pm. Donation is a gold coin for non members.
Saturday, June 1 at 2.30pm
Norfolk Island stories
Our June speaker also has links with the sea but in a different part of the world. Joy Olney will speak on her Norfolk Island relatives from her own family and those of her late husband Peter. After a lot of research Joy and her family went to Norfolk Island to walk in their ancestors’ foot steps. The talk will follow our general meeting which starts at 1pm.
Check out Joy's blog:


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:

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


Our February edition of Now & Then newsletter is now available for download.
Simply click this link.
To download back copies of Now & Then, go to our newsletters pages and select the edition you wish to read.

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


Contacts: Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884, Joy Gothe 0405 128 964 or  Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104.


Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House at 61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140.
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