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November Now & Then

Read our latest newsletter or read/download our past editions.

Christmas Party

Our final meeting of the year will be held on Saturday, December 2. Our meeting will be at the early time of 11.30am followed by our popular Christmas lunch at 12.30pm. The cost is only $20 and gives you a chance to catch up with other members and reflect on the activities and events of 2023.

Christmas New Year dates

The society will close from Monday, December 18, 2023 and re-open on Sunday, January 14. Our first general meeting of the year will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 1pm.

Super Book Sale

Thanks to a generous donation from one of our members who is down-sizing we are offering all the history books photographed below for only $10 each. All proceeds will be used to support the society’s on-going activities. Choose the books you want and hover your cursor over the image and write down the number and title. Alternatively, you can click on one to scroll through all images. Write down the number and title then click on our order form to secure the book. Postage is extra and the cost will be supplied to you before delivery. Alternatively, you can pick them up from the Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale during our opening hours: Sunday and Monday 11am to 4pm.

Podcast of radio interview

On May 17, society president Sue Thompson was invited to join Alan Collier on his regular radio program Community Connections. Sue spoke about the work of the society, research, volunteers and Melba. Listen to the interview or download the podcast.

2022/23 AGM

The society’s AGM was held on August 5, 2023. Download your copy of all our reports on our activities for the last 12 months.

Amendment C207

The Lilydale amendment C207 covers Lilydale’s historic street trees, proposes to apply the Heritage Overlay to 13 properties for the first time, and to amend heritage information for 7 other properties which are currently affected by the Heritage Overlay.

A recent Panel Hearing was held after the owners of two properties lodged objections to the respective proposed citations. Your society submitted heritage information about both and urged the listing proceed. The properties involved were Heatherlie on Warburton Highway and the olive tree at the corner of Cave Hill and Maroondah Highway. The owners of the service station did not object to the olive tree, planted by the Deschamps family in the 1860s rather the proposed size of curtilage around it. The panel agreed with the service station and a smaller curtilage was approved. Heatherlie’s inclusion in the heritage overlay was also endorsed but with some variations.

This has been a massive body of work carried out by council and heritage consultants with much of the research carried out by members of your society. Work started in 2019 but the wait has been worthwhile.

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 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.

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.

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The society produces newsletters at least four times a year and all of our newsletters from 1995 are available digitally.

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