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The Value of History Statement

The study of the past and telling its stories are critical to our sense of belonging, to our communities and to our shared future.
History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive communities, is part of our economic well-being, teaches us to think critically and creatively, inspires leaders and is the foundation of our future generations.
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Writing for the future

Our first meeting of the 2020 will feature the launch of our new display: Writing for the Future.
The display will feature the society’s various deceased authors, their contribution to the society and their publications. The authors are: Leigh Blackburn, Ruby Kwijas, Keith Lithgow, Jack Lundy-Clark, Val Sheehan, Sandy Ross and Pamela Vestey.
Each author drew on and shared their own wealth of knowledge which today we continue to use to inform new residents and younger generations about the history of our district.

In keeping with tradition, the society has invited the our local MP the Member for Evelyn Bridget Vallence to officially open the display.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2.30pm following our regular meeting which commences at 1pm.

Society Christmas party

It was time to relax after  a busy year as the society members and friends gathered on December 7 to enjoy our traditional Christmas party of Weber road turkey, ham, home made salads and desserts. Over lunch the 25 guests, reflected on the year and then turned to 2020.

The day would not have been possible without the work of Wal Thompson, Trevor Smith, Lorraine Smith and Maree Phelan and their helpers on the day. Thank you all for your great work at the party and throughout the year.

Everyone, have a safe and happy Christmas and I hope to catch up with you next year.

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Sue Thompson

Dates for the Diary

Saturday March 7:

A recently released book written by Roy Hay the author of the recently released book Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century They Did Not Come From Nowhere will be our special guest speaker on Saturday, March 7.
A feature of the book is a chapter on the role of Coranderrk where the Aboriginal game of marngrook was played in the 1860s a few years after the establishment of football in 1859.
Roy Hay has included documented reports of Aborigines at Coranderrk playing the games and included detailed descriptions. The ball was believed to have been made of twine from the twisted hair of opossum.
The Aborigines also played cricket at Coranderrk and on October 20, 1883 played against Lilydale at Lilydale. In 1888 football in the Yarra Valley had three teams: Healesville, Lilydale and Coranderrk and in the next decade some Aborigines were also playing for outside teams.
Roy Hay carefully documents the growth of football at Coranderrk and the close relationships with the surrounding teams of Healesville, Yarra Glan and Lilydale, merger attempts, development of their own uniforms etc. Most of the aboriginal players were named making it a valuable book to add to any local history bookshelf.
Roy’s talk will start at 2.30pm following our general meeting which starts at 1pm. The talk is free to members and a gold coin donation from visitors.

Saturday, April 4:

Society general meeting will start at 1pm. All welcome.

Saturday, May 2:

Society general meeting will start at 1pm. All welcome.

Saturday June 6:

Society general meeting from 1pm. All welcome.

Saturday, July 4:

Our guest speaker will be Jane Turton who with Lynn Mather have researched and written a new book: Stories From Under the Carpet: tragic tales from Waverley and surrounds, 1850-1950.
The true events they record in the book were, and still are, tragic, some leaving a significant impact on the families left behind.
The events include crimes, murders, and mysteries.  The authors have researched the events in an attempt to understand the background of how the events occurred and why. The stories help to paint a picture of how the area looked during the era, and how the people lived.

Jane’s talk will start at 2.30pm following the society’s general meeting which starts at 1pm. There is no cost to members but a gold coin donation is requested from visitors.

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104
Email: info@lilydalehistorical.com.au

Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House at 61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Hours of opening:
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4pm
Fridays 1 to 4pm

Share Your Information with the Society!

Email us your info (and images) to:
info@lilydalehistorical.com.au

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104
Email: info@lilydalehistorical.com.au

Share Your Information with the Society!

Email us your info (and images) to:
info@lilydalehistorical.com.au

Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House @
61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Hours of opening:
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4pm
Fridays 1 to 4pm