Other Merchandise

One important way the society raises funds if through its sale of its books and its surplus pre-loved books.
If you wish to order any of our publications below or new books, please click to order via our inquiry form.

Roy Hay’s Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come From Nowhere, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2019 tells the real story.

Now out in paperback. Special offer. $39.95 direct from the author roy@sesasport.com.au
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Melba a Family Memoir

Pamela Vestey.

This is a 1996 first edition of Pamela Lady Vestey’s book which is now in its third print. Only 1000 printed of this 250 page book.

This is numbered and signed by Pamela Vestey and has been given to the society by the family of a late member. 1996. It is a hard cover with dust jacket and in excellent condition.

$80.00 plus postage and handling or can be picked up at the Old Lilydale Court House.

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Look to the Light by Lynda Carroll.

A soft covered book of 354 pages of the story of Lilydale High school which was launched in December. Lilydale High has agreed to allow the society to also sell the book.

The book traces the history of the school from the Higher Elementary School in Clarke Street to the present site. Students, teachers and events of the school are beautifully included. Lots of images. A must of anyone who attended the school.

The cost is $40 plus postage or can be picked up from the Old Lilydale Court House. Buy Book

Bricks by the Million

Sandy Ross 28pps.

From the 1870s to the 1950s, Lilydale had clay pits and brick works operating. The bricks went all over Victoria and included house bricks, agricultural pipes, street guttering to name but a few. Seven clay pits were operating in the early both east and west of the township. The only one to operate until the 150s was the Hynes brickworks east of the Warburton Rail Trail.

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Montrose Settlement in the Foothills a History

Jennifer McLennan

Pre-loved copy of Montrose Settlement in the Foothills a History, Jennifer McLennan 1987, ISBN 0-9599754-2-X.  $5.00. A hard cover book produced by the former Shire of Lillydale to celebrate the history of Montrose.

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Montrose Street Names

Jeanette Dodson

Pre-loved copy of A History of Montrose Street Names, Jeanette M Dodson.  $3.00. A must for Montrose residents who want to know the origin of their street’s name.

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The Melbourne Athenaeum

A pre-loved colouring book with a difference produced to celebrate 175 years of the Melbourne Athenaeum. $5.00. 

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Over 100 Years of Lime Manufacture

A rare 4pg production of the story of David Mitchell Estate Limited published in 1978. Features early images of the Cave Hill Quarry. $10.00.

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From Then Till Now

Wandin North Primary School (1915-1988)

Bruce Douglas and John Donald

Pre-loved 90pg book on the history of the school. Includes lists of teachers, stories from past students and various events of the school. $10.00.
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The Longest Journey

Museum of Lillydale

Pre-loved copy of the history of migration to the Lillydale Shire is 20pps and features stories of many local people who made Lilydale their home. $5.00.

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Mt Evelyn Primary School No 3642

Centenary Edition update

Pre-loved copy of the school’s rich history. 136pps, lots of images and an easy read. $15.00

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Lilydale on Show

A History of the Lilydale Agricultural and Horticultural Society

Sue Thompson

Pre-loved book on the history of the Lilydale Show from 1903 to 1993. The 44pg book features images and reports from the society society’s archive. $5.00

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Here’s to Grandpa!

The watercolurs 1900-1940 of C.A. Wilson

Weston Bate

A beautiful pre-loved full colour book published by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and written by imminent historian Weston Bate. Copious images of C.A. Wilson’s work. 56pgs $10.00

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My Boys

A Book of Remembrance

Mrs Aenaeas Gunn OBE

Pre-loved hard cover book written by Mrs Gunn who painstakingly recorded the service details of every volunteer from Monbulk who served in World War I. 224pg. Limited Edition No 0164. $25.00

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A ‘Grand’ Old Lady

The Story of Healesville’s Grand Hotel

Bryn Jones

This 40pg book published by the Healesville & District Historical Society traces the history of the hotel, its owners, characters and events which shaped both the hotel and the town. $5.00

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Dandenong Ranges

A 28pg full colour promotional booklet featuring wonderful images of hte Dandenongs including features such as the Olinda Golf course which no longer exists. $5.00

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From the Creek to the Dome

Lilydale Swimming Club 1903 – 2003

A wonderful history of one of Lilydale’s great icon the swimming pool and the swimming club. This 208 pg pre-loved book draws heavily on the Lilydale Express and personal records and collections, it is a must on any bookshelf. $20.00

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A History of the Coldsteam Rural Fire Brigade

Robert Bethall

A a fire fighter himself, Rober Bethall understands the effort put into by volunteers each time there is a fire. His 52 pg book traces events, major and minor from the formation of the brigade in 1963.  Full of lots of information. $10.00.

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Conserving Our Cemeteries

Celestina Sagazio

Published by the National Trust, historian Celestina Sagazio provides a step by step guide for groups charged with caring for cemeteries in this 68pg well illustrated publication. $5.00

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Flourmillers and Farmers

The Cashin Family

Aly Kroon

Fascinated by the old Casin Mill ruins on the banks of the Lillydale Lake Aly Kroon set out to research and write the story about the district’s first industrial building and the family behind it. Rare copy. $15.00

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Lillydale The Billanook Country 1837 – 1972

Marian Aveling

The first major history of the Lillydale Shire published by the Shire of Lillydale in 1972 to celebrate the centenary of the creation of the Shire. Now out of print the book provides an overall history of the Lilydale District through beautifully written text and images. A must of anyone wanting to learn about the settlement of the district $10.00. Three copies.

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Red Plush & Black Velvet The Story of Dame Nellie Melba

Joseph Wechsberg
This 370 page book traces the life of Lilydale’s own Nellie Melba written not by a historian but as a musician who studied in music in Vienna and later moved to America and became a correspondent for The New Yorker. Not one of the best biographies of Melba but well worth a read for an insight into the world of opera. $5.00

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Village Pioneer the Life and Times of Iris Woolrich of Olinda 1894 -1993

H. L. Speagle

A beautifully written book about one the grand ladies of the Dandenongs who built up the famous Quamby Tea Rooms (later the Coockoo Restaurant) and ran Woolrich Nursery at Olinda with her husband Ted. Henry Speagle knew Iris for 38 years so was the perfect person to write her life story. 116 pages. $5.00.

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“The Heart of the Hills” The Centennial History of Sassafras Primary School Number 3222

Rowan Smith

Published in 1994, this 100page book is a fascinating story of the people and events at the school. A must for those collectors of school histories. $5.00

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The Village Settlement School
A History of Monbulk Primary School N 3265 1897 – 1997

Margo Galloway

An A4 size book researched and written by school parent Margo Galloway. The 133 pages have many wonderful images of the people who shaped the school and its development. The memories section has many wonderful stories from the district’s pioneers who attended the school. $5.00

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William Blamire Young Australian Artist
Scrapbook kept by Mrs Mabel Young and Family

Blamire Young was a local artist and art critic who travelled the world before settling down at Montrose. This scrapbook is one of only three copies privately produced for the family. It contains the family’s collection of the newspaper articles written by Blamire for amongst others, the Melbourne Herald. The articles range from art show reviews to social events including a garden party held by Melba at Coombe Cottage in 1928. About 100 pages $55.00

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2020 Writing for the Future

As the Old Lilydale Court House is closed until further notice due to covid-19, the society decided to take our display out to the community. Simply click on the author you want to read and download their stories as an ebook.

Leigh Blackburn

Ruby Kwijas

Jack Lundy-Clarke

Keith Lithgow

Sandy Ross

Val Sheehan

Pamela, Lady Vestey

If you wish to purchase an ebook of all the authors for $15.00 simply download and fill our order form 

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