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


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


On the morning of Monday, June 27, 2016, there was a fire at the Moonee Ponds Courthouse. The Courthouse acts as the headquarters and museum of the Essendon Historical Society. The fire was caused by a faulty light transformer in one of the wall lights in the south-east corner of the main Courtroom. The fire left the main courtroom without a roof, ravaged the period woodwork, including ceiling and original courthouse fittings & features, and destroyed a number of irreplaceable items from the EHS Collection. The bulk of the Collection was fortunately spared from the worst by being stored in other rooms that suffered minimal fire damage. Until further notice, the Museum will be closed.

The Essendon Historical Society is determined to recover and continue to provide its services to the community. The Moonee Valley City Council and Moonee Valley Libraries have provided the EHS with a space in the basement of the Niddrie Library. Although this is not open to the public, it enables us to continue to catalogue and digitise our Collection and research. For any historical or research enquiries, please email us at

The Essendon Historical Society is immensely grateful for the support that it has received from the community and will continue to update the public of further developments through this website and our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

To support the Essendon Historical Society in its recovery from the fire, please click here. Any financial assistance you can provide is urgently needed and gratefully received. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

We also have launched a crowdfunding donation with Chuffed here.

To view photos of the damage to the Courthouse, please click here.



Memory Lane Garden

The Memory Lane Garden is located at the front of the Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum. It celebrates the lives of people past who lived or worked in the Moonee Valley area. In purchasing a tile (or more) for the garden, you are not only marking the contributions of these people, but assisting the Essendon Historical Society to restore the Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum.

Please note that the launch, scheduled for July 29, has been cancelled due to the damage caused to the Courthouse by the fire. However, orders are still open.

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 on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 28.


Coming Events

Sunday, January 22: Join us for a guided Heritage Walk of Travancore, the historic and stunning estate. The walk will depart at 2pm from at the gates of Flemington Primary School (corner of Flemington Street and Mount Alexander Road) where it will return. Tickets are $10 and bookings are not required.

Thursday, January 26: This year, the funds raised by the Moonee Valley Australia Day Breakfast will go towards the restoration of the Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum following the desvasting fire last June. For more details and to book, please click here.


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Contact Details


Phone: (03) 9370 4607


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