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

Events 2017

Guest Speakers

On Saturday, March 3 Volunteer Guide at the National Gallery of Victoria Howard Wallace will talk on A History of Australian Landscape Painting.
Howard worked as a civil engineer before training to become an ordained minister in the Uniting Church.
After post-graduate study at Harvard University in the USA, specialising in Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, he taught for 29 years at the Uniting Church theological colleges in Sydney and Melbourne. He retired from teaching in 2011 and became minister in the Mulgrave Uniting Church Congregation.
He has since fully retired and is heavily involved as a voluntary guide at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Howard's talk will begin at 2pm following the society's general meeting. The cost is free to members and a gold coin for non-members.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria

The society is a member of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria which publishes regular newsletters. Please feel free to  download the copy of the February 2018 edition and read about its many activities.

RHSV HVSG Lilydale Seminar

Our society will be hosting one of three seminars to be organised by the RHSV's History Victoria Support Group. The seminar will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street Lilydale and the Lilydale Primary School next door. The seminar is a must for those looking to ensuring the future of their group through succession planing, collections management and development of additional activities such as guided walks.

The cost is $20 which includes registration, morning tea and lunch. To book download the program which also has the online booking details.

Federation of Australian Historical Societies

For those who want to see what is happening in heritage Australia wide, feel free to follow the link below and catch up on the federation's latest e bulletin No.173 February 2018. The link also has all previous e-bulletins listed with links.
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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.


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.

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


Our October 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.

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


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


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