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

courthouse

Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum Cnr. Kellaway Avenue and Mt. Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds. 3039.

Meetings

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, April 22 - please see below for details of this particular meeting.

Courthouse Museum

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

 

Coming Events

Tuesday, April 22: Our April Meeting will take place at 7:30pm at Clydebank, which forms part of Ave Maria College (14-22 Vida Street, Aberfeldie).

Clydebank

This historic house, which features in our last book, Grand Mansions of Essendon & District, 1880-1892, has a prominent role in our local history as a school, but also as the family home of the Ramsay family, the perhaps the most well-known of whom is Hugh Ramsay, the famous Australian painter. At Clydebank, in additional to our regular meeting, we will be having a talk on the history of the property, including a tour of the mansion. Vistors who wish to climb the tour advised to not wear heels or skirts or dresses.

Sunday, April 27: As part of the National Trust Heritage Festival, we will be conducting a free Heritage Walk of Park Street & Environs. Pass some of the magnificent homes in Park Street and nearby areas, whilst the fascinating history of some of the mansions and thier colourful owners will be given. The walk will depart from the Courthouse at 2:30pm and return there for a complimentary afternoon tea around 4pm. Visitors should be prepared for walking, although we have alternative arrangements in the event of inclimant weather. This is a free event and bookings are not required, although gold coin donations are always much appreciated.

Sunday, May 4: Also as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival, we will be conducting a second free Heritage Walk of the Vineyards and Backlanes of Moonee Ponds. This walk will visit areas which were once covered by flourishing vineyards in the now suburban Moonee Ponds, as well as explore some of its lessser known, but curious lanes. The walk will depart too from the Courthouse at 2:30pm and return there for a complimentary afternoon tea around 4pm. Visitors should be prepared for walking, although we have alternative arrangements in the event of inclimant weather. This is a free event and bookings are not required, although gold coin donations are always much appreciated.

Contact Details

EssHisSoc@mail.com

Ph. (03) 9370 4607

 

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