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. We opened and operated the Lilydale & District Historical Museum in the old Lillydale Shire offices in Castella Street from 1976 to 1989. The custodian of the collection today is the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.
Since 1971, the society has gathered and maintained its own archives of the people, places and events of Lilydale and the surrounding districts of Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Yering, Gruyere, Killara, Seville, Silvan, Montrose and Kilsyth.
We also have more than 5000 photographs and negatives in our collection.
The society is located in the Old Lilydale Court House in Castella Street, Lilydale.