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:

info@lilydalehistorical.com.au

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81810266795?pwd=RG1laWNmSVFwUEVvTDNSRXpzak1NZz09

Meeting ID: 818 1026 6795
Passcode: 893077

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.

Lilydale Bypass

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.

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.

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:
By appointment only:
Fridays 1 to 4pm and Saturdays to Mondays 11am to 4pm.
Sundays are preferred.
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:
By appointment only:
Fridays 1 to 4pm and Saturdays to Mondays 11am to 4pm.
Sundays are preferred.
Closed Public Holidays