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150 Years of Local government

Read about the latest exhibition organised by the Yarra Ranges Heritage Network

March Newsletter

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Working Together 150 Years of Local Government

On February 11, 2022, the Lilydale district will celebrate 150 years of local government. On that day in 1872, the Shire of Lillydale was proclaimed and transformed the area for ever.

The new Shire and the residents of the fledgling town of Lillydale (later changed to Lilydale) set about working together to create a sense of community.

The town was laid out in 1859 and council worked with the community to encourage new businesses and to provide services and facilities for all residents.

Today, Yarra Ranges Council is still working with the many and diverse groups and organisations established to fill a need in our community.

This display highlights the work of 18 of those groups from Coldstream, Kilsyth, Lilydale, Montrose and Seville. The diverse groups include fire brigades, community, social sporting and township groups, business and educational organisations and scouts.
Their stories demonstrate the value of working together.

To celebrate their stories, the Lilydale & District Historical Society will be officially launching its display on Saturday, February 5 at 2.30pm. Due to COVID restrictions, the launch will be held outdoors in the grounds of the Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale. Please bring along your own chair.

The groups involved in the display are:
Coldstream Fire Brigade
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColdstreamFireBrigade
Website: http://www.coldstreamcfa.org.au/

Kilsyth Community Action Group
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://kcag.myfreesites.net/
Facebook: Find us on Facebook

Kilsyth Cricket Club
Website: www.kilsythcc.vic.cricket.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kilsythcc/
Team App: https://kilsythcricketclub.teamapp.com/
Email: [email protected]

Kilsyth Football Club
Website: http://kilsythfootballclub.com.au/
Facebook: Kilsyth Football Club

Lilydale Community Gardens
Facebook: Lilydale Community Gardens

Lilydale Main Street Beautification
Facebook: Lilydale Main Street Beautification

Lilydale Township Action Group (LTAG)
Facebook: Lilydale Township Action Group
email: [email protected]

Lilydale Uniting Church
website: www.Lilydale Uniting Church

Montrose Environmental Group
Website: www.meg.org.au
Email: [email protected] to secretary John Venn.

Montrose Fire Brigade
Facebook: Montrose Fire Brigade
Website: www.montrosecfa.com.au

Montrose Township Group
Facebook: Montrose Township Group

St Richard’s School, Kilsyth
Website: srkilsyth.catholic.edu.au

Seville Community House
Website: www.sevillecommhouse.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seville.hub

Sherbrooke Yarra Ranges Scout District
Tim Smith 0438 082 924 District Scout Leader Sherbrooke Yarra Ranges.

1st Healesville Scouts
Facebook

1st Lilydale Scouts
Facebook

1st Mooroolbark Scouts
Facebook

1st Mount Evelyn Scouts
Facebook

1st Seville Scouts
Facebook: 1st Seville Scout Group
Dorothy Salter, Group Leader, 1st Seville 9726 7170. email: [email protected]

The Mustard Tree Op Shop & Café,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustardtree.opshop/
Website: https://lb.org.au/the-mustrard-tree/

Yarra Valley Business

website: yarravalleybusiness.org.au

Yarra Ranges National Seniors
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://nationalseniors.com.au/get-involved/branches/yarra-ranges

Libraries are Great Mate!

As its contribution to the Yarra Ranges Heritage Network’s  new shire-wide display Power & the People: 150 years of local government, the society has compiled the first written history of library services in the former Shire of Lillydale (now the Yarra Ranges).

Power & the People will feature 17 stories from heritage groups across Yarra Ranges which highlight how local government and the community have worked together to provide valuable facilities and services for the communities they serve.

The society has also invited local groups within its collecting area to contribute their own stories recognising the value of the local government-community partnership within their own organisations. This display will be opened on February 2 at 2.30pm at the Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale following the society’s monthly general meeting. Invitations will be sent out shortly.

Inaugural Jane Hansen Prize for History Advocacy 2021

Our society’s president Sue Thompson was announced the winner of the above prize on October 21, 2021.
Learn more about the History Council of Victoria’s Prize and watch the presentation.

History Council of Victoria

Lilydale Star Mail report

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

The Value of History Statement – Council Presentation

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, society president Sue Thompson asked to speak in support of the council’s inclusion of the Value of History Statement in its 2021 – 2025 Corporate Plan.

The council also congratulated Sue on receiving the Inaugural Jane Hansen Prize for History Advocacy at the beginning of the meeting.

Heritage Overlay Update

As this will be an ongoing issue, we have created a  separate page and put all the information in it. To its credit Yarra Ranges recognises the urgency of it and is pushing ahead with the previously evaluated properties.

Lilydale Fire Station

The recent fire in the derelict old Lilydale Fire station at 322 Main Street Lilydale prompted and enormous response from our local community. Back in June 2019 our society researched the history of the station and you can read Sue Thompson’s research.
The report tells the history of the building but not the impact that building had on the lives of the Lilydale community. It was here volunteers our local townspeople rushed to get the equipment to fight the fires in and around the town. They saved many homes, buildings, people and properties throughout the years. It was also a hub for the community and hosted many social and events, many to raise funds for much needed equipment.
If you believe this building should be included in Yarra Ranges Council’s Main Street buildings to be heritage listed, please email your concerns to [email protected]

Presentation to the GSV

Earlier this year, our president Sue Thompson gave a Zoom presentation to the Genealogical Society of Victoria on the history of our society.

In this our 50th year of operation, it seems appropriate we share the talk with our members, supporters and the wider community.

From a group which was formed to run a couple of displays for the Centenary celebrations of the Shire of Lillydale, we have come a long way in preserving, conserving and promoting our district’s fascinating history which underpins the community we are today.

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.

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.

Valuable Resources to help researchers and historical societies

Historical societies and individual researchers can quickly access a wealth of information from the three peak historical groups in Australia. Below are the links to the newsletters of each which you can readily subscribe to free of charge. Search through the rest of the sites as there is a wealth of information ranging from setting up a society, to attracting bequests and writing and publishing history.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria

History Council of Victoria

Federation of Australian Historical Societies

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.

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Marg Tull (Court House Manager) 0417 522 712
Email: [email protected]

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:
[email protected]

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Marg Tull (Court House Manager) 0417 522 712
Email: [email protected]

Share Your Information with the Society!

Email us your info (and images) to:
[email protected]

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