Edward Armstrong Janson
Janson first appears in the shire of Lillydale ratebooks of 1894 as the owner of The Towers. After his arrival he became involved in most aspects of life in the township as the Lilydale Express obituary recorded:
“It was soon after his arrival in Lilydale that he gave his attention to the town’s civic requirements, and it was not long after being elected a shire councillor that he achieved his greatest ambition, that of organising a tree planting scheme in our many streets.
“He succeeded also in establishing a yearly Arbor Day, and for many years after that, when he was alloted the name “skipper”, he supervised tree planting ceremonies, thus helping to bring about the most gratifying present day sight of beautiful tree-lined streets, which have made Lilydale famous.” (16)
Janson was heavily involved with the Lilydale Horticultural Society and it was that group which suggested the shire name an avenue of trees in his honour. Their request met with approval:
“Janson Memorial Approved
Lilydale Horticultural Society’s proposal that the avenue of trees along Maroondah Highway from the railway gates to Cave Hill road be named “The Janson Memorial Avenue” has been approved by the Country Roads Board. Council which recommended adoption of the proposal, will now have appropriate name-plates erected at each end of the avenue” (17)
The sign was erected in 1955 and was still there in 1969 but has since disappeared.
In 2007 and again in 2009, the Lilydale & District Historical Society has gained council support for a new sign but it has never been erected. (18)
As living things trees reach the end of their lives and have to be replaced. Over the years, the society has worked with the council to grow replacement trees when needed and ensure appropriate trees are planted when replacing dead or diseased trees throughout the town.
Below are images from throughout the years of Lilydale’s Main Street and its changes.
Link to see larger versions of the image go to our Lilydale Views gallery.
If you want to know when the trees in your street were planted, please order a copy of our book:
The Growing History of Lilydale’s Trees compiled by Sandy Ross.
Go to our order form. The cost is $5.00 plus postage.
Researchers were: John Brown (Landscape Architect) and Sue Thompson
1. The Argus May 27, 1884 pg 6.
2. Evelyn Observer July 11, 1884 pg 3.
3. Lilydale Express June 6, 1898.
4. Lilydale Express June 25, 1897.
5. Lilydale Express June 25, 1897 pg2.
6. Lilydale Express June 17, 1898 pg2.
7. The Age June 14, 1900 pg 6 and Lilydale Express June 15, 1900 pg2.
8. Lilydale Express June 14, 1901 pg 2.
9. Box Hill Reporter July 18, 1902 pg2.
10. Lilydale Express July 24, 1903 pg2.
11. Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian, July 22,1905 p2.
12. Box Hill Reporter May 26, 1911 pg2.
13. Lilydale Express July 17, 1908 pg 2.
14. Lilydale Express June 10, 1911 pg2.
15. Lilydale Express June 30, 1911 pg3.
16. Lilydale Express November 13, 1953 pg 8.
17. Lilydale Express September 2, 1955 pg 8.
18. Letter from Sandy Ross to Rob Hauser CEO August 16, 2007 and Yarra Ranges’ Greg Box to Mrs Jeanette Gow October 19, 2009.