The Essendon Historical Society collects and promotes information for the suburbs of Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Flemington, Strathmore and Kensington.


Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum (corner of Kellaway Avenue and Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds)

Courthouse Museum

The Courthouse Museum is open each Sunday afternoon (2-5pm) (except Christmas Day and Easter Sunday).

Our current exhibition features items from our collection related to WWI in the local area, including journals, letters, photographs, badges and other artefacts that survived the conflict.


Restoration of the Courthouse Museum

This year, the Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum will be 125 years old and is now in need of important restoration. The EHS is appealing to its members and the public to assist us in saving this outstanding community landmark for the Moonee Valley district and future generations by purchasing a tile (or more) in the new Memory Lane Garden to remember people who have lived or worked in the local area.

To find out more by viewing our Memory Lane pamphlet, please click here.

To use a printable order form, plesae clck here.

To use an Word order form, please click here.



The Society meets from February to November at the Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum on the 4th Tuesday of the month except January at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 27.


Coming Events

Our October Second Hand Book Sale will open at the Courthouse at 2pm on Sunday, October 4 and continue every Sunday throughout October. Drop by the Courthouse on any Sunday between 2pm and 5pm to find a bargain preloved book, CD or DVD. Please be mindful that due to the book sale, some of our ordinary exhibits will not be available to space limitations. All proceeds will be go towards the restoration of the Moonee Ponds Courthouse.

Wednesday, October 7: As part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, the EHS is presenting a fascinating talk by Bob Mackay on Harbury House and the innovative treatment of alcoholism and mental illness in the mid-1880s in suburban Melbourne. This free event will take place at 2pm at the Courthouse. Our second hand book sale will also be on for visitors to peruse. All are welcome and bookings are not required.

Sunday, October 18: As part of RSHV's History Week, the EHS is conducting a guided Heritage Walk of Moonee Ponds Junction & Puckle Street. Learn about the interesting history of the commercial hub of Moonee Ponds on a leisurely stroll from the Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum to the Moonee Ponds Junction and along Puckle Street, our best known shopping precinct, which has been serving the district for over 125 years. To join us, meet at the Courthouse at 2pm where the walk will return for afternoon tea afterwards. Our October Book Sale will also be on which visitors may wish to peruse. Bookings are not required, but the cost is $10 per person with afternoon tea included.


Contact Details


Phone: (03) 9370 4607


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