News & Events

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.

Remembering World War II

At this time when we all pause to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, our society pays tribute to men and women from our district who served in the various theatres of war.

The Honour Boards below were photographed by Russ Haines of the Ringwood Historical Society and copies kindly given to our society.

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.

Leigh Blackburn

Ruby Kwijas

Jack Lundy Clarke

Keith Lithgow

Sandy Ross

Val Sheehan

Pamela Vestey

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.

Coronavirus forces closure of Old Lilydale Court House

The committee of LDHS has resolved to close the operations of the Old Lilydale Court House due to the Coronavirus. The safety of our members, volunteers and the public are paramount to us and we felt that to continue presented an unacceptable risk to everyone.

We will publicise when we re-open both on this page and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

In the meantime the community and those wanting information can still contact us directly via this website or via our email address:

info@lilydalehistorical.com.au

Dates for the Diary

The Old Lilydale Court House will be closed until further notice.

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

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
Closed Public Holidays

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
Closed Public Holidays