History

The Lilydale & District Historical Society was formed in 1971 to help plan and mount suitable displays for the Shire of Lillydale’s Centenary in February 1972. After the celebrations, society members tried to return objects loaned for display but their owners said the society could keep them.

This was the start of the society’s collection but it lacked a suitable storage and display space. With the assistance of the Shire of Lillydale, in 1976 the society was able to open its own museum in the former shire offices in Castella Street, Lilydale.

The Museum was opened by Pamela, Lady Vestey, Dame Nellie Melba’s grand-daughter who was the society’s Patron until her death in 2011. Our Patron is now The Honorable Saffron Foster, Lady Pamela Vestey’s granddaughter.

The society operated the museum until 1989 when, due to the value of the collection and the need to plan a major re-development, the Shire of Lillydale took over the management of the museum and employed Victoria’s first full-time municipal curator.

Today, the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is owned by the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

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