News & Events

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

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

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.

Update

Those who missed Roy Hay’s wonderful talk on Aboriginal people and Australian Football On March 7, can now read about it in full at the following link which was kindly supplied to us by Roy:

The footy Almanac

Dates for the Diary

Saturday, April 4:

Cancelled due of Coronavirus

Saturday, May 2:

Cancelled due of Coronavirus

Saturday June 6:

Unsure if this meeting will proceed due to the Coronavirus.

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.

Ready, Aim, Fire

Author and Chirnside Park resident James Unkles is giving an interactive presentation of his book  Ready, Aim, Fire at the Lilydale Library on Saturday, April 4 at 1.30.

His recently published book is about Major James Francis Thomas, the lawyer from Tenterfield who represented Lieutenants Harry Breaker Morant, Peter Handcock and George Witton, three Australian volunteers who served during the Boer war and were tried by British Court Martial for shooting prisoners. Morant and Handcock were executed. This is one of the most controversial aspect of Australian military and legal history.

for more information go to:

https://events.yourlibrary.com.au/event?id=16413

For those unable to attend the library talk,  James has agreed to give a presentation at one of our society meetings – watch this space for the date.

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