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, July 28.


Coming Events

Tuesday, July 28: Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:30pm at the Courthouse. It will be followed by a "Member's Night" with some videos featuring the local area and its history.

Saturday, August 8: Come and toast your toes by our lovely roaring fire while experienced costumed readers present classic pieces on the theme of Fun and Games. This will be 15th and FINAL Fireside Reading. It will be held at 1:45pm at the Courthouse. Tickets are $10 and include entry and afternoon tea. Bookings on 9370 4607. Please note that there will be a number of events happening in the vicinity on this day, so visitors are encouraged to consider and allow time for parking if necessary.

Tuesday, August 25: Our 45th Annual Dinner willl again will be held at the Essendon Football Club (Windy Hill venue) from 6:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Professor Bruce Scates.

How did Great War affect the people of Essendon and Victoria generally?  In what ways did people express their grief and how does the loss of war define us as a people?  And with the Centenary of Anzac how should we now remember one of the costliest conflicts of modern times? Join Professor Bruce Scates for an engaging, challenging and informative discussion of the lingering trauma of World War One and learn more about new archives that extend our understanding of this watershed in world history.

The evening includes a three course meal for $50. For further information and an RSVP form, please click here. RSVPs required by Tuesday, August 11.


Contact Details


Phone: (03) 9370 4607


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