- Yarra Glen Memorial Hall, Bell Street, Yarra Glen, 3775
- Farndons Community Hall, 42 Falls Road, Mt Dandenong, 3767
- Monbulk Living & Learning Centre, 21 Main Street, Monbulk, 3793
Eastern Regional Libraries values our role in connecting residents with their local history. Browse the categories below to find information on the following topics.
Each branch of Eastern Regional Libraries maintains a local history collection relevant to its own local area, as well as to the wider region covered by the library service. The collections include books, pamphlets, and local and community newspapers. Please refer to your local library for specific information.
Original materials such as manuscripts and photographs are not included in the collection; they are held by local historical societies.
Local historical societies or groups are eligible to have their catalogues included in the Eastern Regional Libraries Community Databases. The local area includes the City of Knox, City of Maroondah or the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Historical Societies, community groups or clubs with a collection that contains material of historical and cultural significance to the community are eligible to be included.
The Eastern Regional Libraries Community Databases project was created to enable local societies and community groups to have historical or cultural information accessible over the internet, via the library website.
The following databases are searchable. Simply click on the database name to be taken to the search window.
- Bend of Islands Conservation Association Inc
- Boronia and the Basin Community News Index
- ERL WW1 Commemorative Database
- Helen Coulson Papers
- Knox Historical Society
- Lilydale & Disctrict Historical Society Inc. (Montrose Records)
- Ringwood Historical Society
Additional third party resources:
The copyright of the catalogue records remain the property of the participating organisations, who are responsible for maintaining the content of the database records.
The following are local history societies and museums in the Eastern Regional Libraries area. Website links appear where applicable.
Croydon Historical Society
Address: Museum, Library Complex, Civic Square
Postal Address: 5 Civic Square, Croydon, 3136
T: 9294 5648
Dandenong Ranges Historical Council
Umbrella organization of Dandenong Ranges Historical & Heritage Societies.
Postal Address: 4 Wirilda Close
Belgrave South, 3160
Healesville & District Historical Society
Address: : Healesville Community Link Building, 110 River Street, Healesville, 3777
Postal Address: PO Box 1381
T: 5962 1655
Website: Healesville Historical
Knox Historical Society
Address: Ambleside Park, 3 Olivebank Road, Ferntree Gully.
Postal Address: PO Box 8124
Ferntree Gully, 3156
T: 9758 6722
Website: Knox Historical
Lilydale & District Historical Society
Address: Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale, 3140
Postal Address: PO Box 834
T: 9735 1661
Website: Lilydale Historical
Monbulk Historical Society
Address: Monbulk Living & Learning Centre, 21 Main Street, Monbulk, 3793
Postal Address: PO Box 98
Website: Monbulk Historical
Mont De Lancey Historic Home & Museum
Address: Wellington Rd, Wandin.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 316
T: 5964 2088
Website: Mont de Lancey Museum
Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society
Address: Farndons Community Hall, 42 Falls Road, Mt Dandenong, 3767
Postal Address: PO Box 182
T: 9755 3802
Website: Dandenong Historical
Mt Evelyn History Group
Postal Address: PO Box 289
Mt Evelyn 3796
Website: Mt Evelyn Historical
National Trust (Dandenong Ranges Branch)
Postal Address: PO Box 146
Website: National Trust
Prahran Mechanics Institute
Address: 140 High St, Prahran.
Postal Address: PO Box 1080
T: 9510 3393
Website: Prahran Mechanics
Puffing Billy Preservation Society
Address: Puffing Billy Railway, Belgrave.
Postal Address: PO Box 451
Website: Puffing Billy
Ringwood & District Historical Society
Address: Senior Citizens Building, Norwood Reserve, Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, 3134
Postal Address: 11 Ripley Court
T: 0418 103 256
Website: Ringwood Historical
Rowville-Lysterfield History Project
Website: Rowville Historical
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Address: 239 Beckett Street, Melbourne.
T: 9326 9288
Sherbrooke Foothills Historical Society
Address: Upwey Township Hall, Upwey, 3158
Postal Address: PO Box 1160
T: 9723 0630
Website: Sherbrooke Foothills Historical
Southern Sherbrooke Historical Society
Address: Old St Martins Church Hall, Colby Dr, Belgrave Heights
Postal Address: c/o 62 Menzies Rd
Menzies Creek, 3159
Website: Southern Sherbrooke Historical
The Patch Heritage Association
Address: 36 Kallista-Emerald Rd, The Patch
Postal Address: PO Box 46
The Patch, 3792.
Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society
Address: Old Railway Station, Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction
Postal Address: PO Box 211
Yarra Junction, 3797
T: 03 5967 2167
Website: Upper Yarra Historical
Yarra Glen & District Historical Society
Address: Yarra Glen Memorial Hall, Bell Street, Yarra Glen, 3775
Postal Address: c/o Yarra Glen Post Office, Bell Street
Yarra Glen, 3775
T: 03 9730 1875
Website: Yarra Glen Historical
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Address: 35-37 Castella Street, Lilydale, 3140
Postal Address: PO Box 105
T: 9294 6313
Website: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
The following table provides a guide to the location of some historical rate records for Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges residents. Please note there may be a charge to access some of these resources.
|CITY OF KNOX|
|Berwick, Shire (Scoresby Riding)||1875-1900||CD-ROM||Knox Historical Society|
To Be Advised
|Fern Tree Gully, Shire||1892-1935||CD-ROM||Knox Historical Society|
To Be Advised
|1936-1964||Original (some missing)||Public Record Office of Victoria|
|Knox, Shire (1963-69); City of (1969-94)||1963-1994||Destroyed in council fire|
|CITY OF MAROONDAH|
|Croydon, Shire (1961-71); City of (1971-94)||1961-1994||Original||Public Record Office of Victoria, VPRS 8829|
|Ringwood, Borough (1924-60); City of (1960-94)||1924-1994||Original||Public Record Office of Victoria, VPRS 12126|
|SHIRE OF YARRA RANGES|
|Healesville, Shire||1890-1940||CD-ROM||To Be Advised|
|Lillydale, Shire||1872-1945||CD-ROM||To Be Advised|
|1945-1994||Original||Public Record Office of Victoria|
|Sherbrooke, Shire||1961-1994||Original||Public Record Office of Victoria|
|Upper Yarra, Shire||1895 and 1904-1930||CD-ROM||To Be Advised|
Yarra Junction Library
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