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)


On the morning of Monday, June 27, there was a fire at the Moonee Ponds Courthouse. The Courthouse operates as the headquarters & museum and holds our collection of historical materials related to the local area. Details are still emerging, however, the damage has been significant with the collapse of the roof in the courtroom. However, we believe that some of the collection in other rooms may be intact. Until further notice, the Museum will be closed. The Essendon Historical Society is immensely grateful for the messages of support that it has received from the community this morning and will continue to update the public of further developments through this website and our social media acccounts on Facebook and Twitter.

As previously arranged, our June General Meeting tomorrow evening will still take place at the Sam Merrifield Library at 7:30pm.



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 Puckle Street.


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, please 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, June 28.


Coming Events

Tuesday, June 28: Our June General Meeting will feature member, Bob Mackay on the Pascoe Vale National School at 7:30pm at the Sam Merrifield Library.


Settlers Cottage


Contact Details


Phone: (03) 9370 4607


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