Talks and society activities
Sunday, October 14 at 1pm:
Saturday, November 5:
David Mitchell: Industrialist, builder and farmer
part of the 2018 History Week, the society is hosting a special talk on David Mitchell who was a taciturn Scot and by the time of his death was one of the state's wealthiest but almost unknown businessman.
Society President Sue Thompson has spent many years researching the life and business activities of David Mitchell who also operated the recently closed Cave Hill Quarry and Farm at Lilydale. He was a stonemason, builder, farmer, miner, wine grower and family man.
The talk will be held at the Old Lilydale Court House, 61
Castella Street, Lilydale from 1pm and will be followed by afternoon
Bring along your stories and photos of Cave Hill. Cost is $5.00
and for bookings call Lorraine Smith 9735 1104 or email
Website: www.lilydalehistorical.com.au and click on news.
Wednesday, October 17 at 10am
Behind the Bar
its contribution to the Shire of Yarra Ranges Seniors Festival, the
Lilydale & District Historical Society is holding a special Behind
The Bar walk of Lilydale township. Learn about the stories behind the
town’s hotels – the publicans, the people and events that are part of
the fabric of our town’s four hotels – The Lilydale, Temperance, Crown
and Olinda hotels.
The walk will be held on Wednesday, October 17 and
start at the Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale at
10am. Welcoming morning tea proceeding the hour long walk.
The cost is $5.00. For bookings phone Lorraine on 9735 1104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.lilydalehistorical.com.au and click on news.
The Lilydale Project Reference Group
shire of Yarra Ranges contracted with the society to carry out
historical research on the uses of Lilydale’s public spaces throughout
the years. Many society members were involved in this work and the wider
community is now being made aware of this aspect of Lilydale’s life
through a special webpage created by the shire.
November this year, the society will launch its own exhibition
featuring information and images from our collection and will also
launch a new book: Public Places Public Lives.
Author James Nicholas will be giving a talk on his recent book The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew
. It is a truse story set mainly in Melbourne's post war suburbia.
The book has been positively reviewed by The Herald Sun, Senior, Progress Leader and 3AW's Nightline.
The talk will start at 2.15pm after our general meeting which starts at 1pm. Members are free visitors gold coin donation.
App for researchers
Guest speaker Jenny Cassidy one of the authors of WW1 Researcher: Australia -
an app for iPads, provided an interesting and infomrative talk at the
Old Lilydale Court House on July 7. Through the app developed for
schools, Jenny demonstrated how we all could use her app for our own
Jenny has also extensively researched family history; including the stories of family members who fought in World War 1.
the app was primarily developed for students who have WW1 as a
compulsory part of their studies, local historians would also be
interested in these case studies and the talk.
Two of the case studies will feature on the proposed Seville War Memorial and two more are from Healesville.
The link to iTunes is:
World War 1 Researcher: Australia by David Jones
Following requests from our members, the society is organising workshops on Fridays from 1 to 4pm.
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
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.
Prompt, comprehensive and professional book indexing.
Make your work more accessible with a well crafted index.
Local and general histories a speciality.
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
Our August edition of Now & Then newsletter is now available for download.
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