Power and the People 150 years of Local Government tells stories of how residents and Yarra Ranges local governments have worked together to build facilities and create events that are valued today.
Launched on March 17, 2022, the story exhibition created its own history. It was the first Yarra Ranges Heritage Network exhibition developed by the group telling the various stories from their local community.
Members of Yarra Ranges Heritage Network of not-for-profit museums and historical societies as well as community organisations, including Oonah Belonging Place, have each contributed one story and image to the Power and the People display. Each of the 18 groups have written a story about how a group, facility, place or event in their area was created because the council (the Power) and the community (the People) worked together to make it happen.
During the next 12 months the exhibition will tour to various venues listed below within the Yarra Ranges Council to highlight the work of heritage groups and promote support for them and their activities.
The exhibition also promotes the value of our history which is a continuum and is valuable to us all – First Peoples and other nations – and together all our ancestors have worked hard to create the sense of place, a sense of belonging and the community we now enjoy and value today.
History of the Local Government
On February 11, 1872, the proclamation of the Shire of Lillydale ushered in one of the first forms of local government in the Yarra Ranges Council area.
Other councils created were: Healesville (September 30, 1887), Upper Yarra (October 19, 1888), Berwick Shire (1868 part of which became Fern Tree Gully Shire (May 30, 1889) part again of which became the Shire of Sherbrooke (December 23, 1964).
The new councils, all formerly members of various district road boards, were transformed from being concerned only with tolls, roads and bridges to working side by side with their residents to build communities and community facilities.
The present day Yarra Ranges Council was formed in 1994 when the Victorian Government amalgamated the Shires of Healesville, Lillydale, Sherbrooke and Upper Yarra.
Venues and dates
The Memo, Healesville
March 9 to April 10, 2022.
Location: 21 Main Rd, Monbulk 3793
Exhibition dates: Tuesday April 12 to Wednesday 18 May 18, 2022. Open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum – The Chambers
Location: 35-37 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Exhibition dates: Saturday May 21 to Sunday, July 31, 2022. Open Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 12 to 4pm.
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Read the history of the establishment of the Lillydale Library Service
Location: 71 Wellington Rd, Wandin North 3139
Exhibition dates: August 3 to September 7, 2022. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.