News & Events
Old Lilydale Court House
The committee of LDHS has to re-open the Old Lilydale Court House after implementing our Covid-19 Safety Plan.
The archive will be open later in the year on
Fridays from 1 to 4pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11am to 4pm.
However, due to current Covid-19 restrictions, until otherwise advised, we will only be open on
Sundays by appointment only.
Call Lorraine Smith on 9735 1104 or Sue Thompson on 0475 219 884 to arrange a time.
As with our operations in 2020 anyone wanting information can still contact us directly via this website or via our email address:
Dates for the Diary
Saturday February 6: Our first general meeting for the year from 1 to 4pm – limited numbers so bookings are required. Call Sue Thompson on 0475 219 884 to book. We will also be doing the meeting via Zoom. The link is:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 1026 6795
2019-2020 Annual General Meeting
Due to Covid, the society delayed the holding of its Annual General Meeting due to be held in July.
Now, with conditions a little improved the committee decided to hold its AGM in December and hold it via Zoom. The Royal Historical Society of Victoria agreed to host the meeting for us for which we are very grateful.
Following is all our reports and documents relevant to our meeting to be held on Saturday, December 5 at 1pm.
Read our 2019-2020 Annual Reports on line.
Download our Annual Report.
One issue being examined by the Lilydale Structure Plan Issues Paper is the advantages and disadvantages of building the Lilydale Bypass.
The society has compiled all the articles on the bypass since the 1960s. Read it make up your own mind.
It’s time it was built to save Lilydale Main Street businesses and create a special place for people to shop and gather.
Mafeking Tree Lilydale
The Mafeking Tree was planted by the people of Lilydale on June 13, 1900 to commemorate the Relief of Mafeking during the Boer War in South Africa. Some of the young men of the town also fought in the Boer War. Colonel Baden-Powell later established the scout movement throughout the world.
Read about the Siege of Mafeking, the town’s celebrations and Sir Robert Baden- Powell’s visit to Lilydale in 1912 on the way to visit Nellie Melba at Coombe Cottage.
John Street railway subway
The new railway station will see the removal of the John Street railway subway, long an feature of our town. The LXRP Marroondah Stakeholders Liaison Group has, with strong community support, successfully lobbied for a red brick feature to be included in the old station precinct to link the past and present and honour those wonderful artisans who created bricks and terracotta products for our town and wider Victoria.
Read our recent Mountain Views column.
We will continue lobbying to have the red bricks from the subway included but if the timing isn’t right, we will be asking LXRP and Yarra Ranges Council to take the bricks and use them in features along Main Street.
Writing for the future
Our new display is Writing for the Future.
The display features 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.
The display was launched by our local MP the Member for Evelyn Bridget Vallence and will run for the rest of the year.
However, as the Old Lilydale Court House is now closed until the COVID19 is over, we have transformed our displays into ebooks which you can now download panel by panel and read at your leisure.
Jack Lundy Clarke
If you enjoyed reading them all you are welcome to make an online donation to the society to help us pay for our utility costs which have to paid even though we aren’t open.
Members are also invited to pay their 2020-2021 membership early and consider purchasing our books for special events such as Mother’s Day and Father’s day.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
As a member of the RHSV, our society receives its wonderful digital publications. If you would like to read it please feel free to download a copy.
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.
Download the complete document