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Heidelberg Historical Society
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LocationJika St & Park Ln, Heidelberg VIC 3084, Australia
Coordinates37°45′26″S 145°04′14″E / 37.7571062°S 145.0704325°E / -37.7571062; 145.0704325
TypeHistory museum

Heidelberg Historical Society is a museum and research organisation devoted to the local and community history of Heidelberg and surrounding areas in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The Society is a membership organisation that was founded in 1967.[1] It opened its museum and research centre in the former Heidelberg Court House in 1979 and continues to operate these facilities with support from volunteer members.[2] The Society became incorporated as an association in 2002[3] and is an affiliated society of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.[4] The Society is located in the City of Banyule, a local government municipality.

Building[edit | edit source]

The Society's headquarters and museum is the Old Heidelberg Court House[5], formerly part of the Magistrate's Court of Victoria. The red brick building was designed by J B Cohen (an architect in the Public Works Department) and built by Swanson Bros.[6] The foundation stone was laid on 4 October 1899 and work continued throughout the Australian summer, in time for the opening and first court on 2 April 1900.[7]

The Courthouse continued in use until 1979 when a more modern courthouse was built nearby in Jika Street.[8]

The building is owned by the State Government of Victoria and is managed by a committee of the Society.

The Old Heidelberg Courthouse was listed on the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) register in 1982[9] as it is 'an unusual example of Edwardian period architecture'. The statement of significance draws attention to the 'high octagonal Court Room which has clerestory windows and a steeply pitched hipped roof (formerly slate), is surrounded by ancillary offices with a prominent entrance porch and door with a leadlight over'.[10]

Collection[edit | edit source]

The Society collects and preserves historically significant records and items from the Heidelberg district[11] from its early beginnings in 1838 and the subsequent Shire of Heidelberg (1871-1934), City of Heidelberg (1934-1994) and City of Banyule (from 1994), as established within their boundaries from time to time. The Heidelberg District encompassed a large area to the north-east of the Melbourne stretching from the Merri Creek along the Yarra River and Plenty River through the Diamond Valley to the Kinglake Ranges.

The Society collects objects, photographs, maps, business & community archives, audio-visual media, local newspapers, and electronic databases. It also has a reference library and a number of other information resources to support research.[12]

Exhibitions[edit | edit source]

The Society develops exhibitions that display items from its own collections, often augmented by loans from members. Recent exhibitions include:

  • 'An Invitation to the Ball: Women's formal wear, 1850-1950' (2010).[13] [14]
  • 'Against the Forces: A tribute to the memory of Walter Burley Griffin and Marian Mahony Griffin' (2013).[15] This exhibition contributed to nation-wide celebrations of the centenary of the Griffins' design for the city of Canberra.
  • 'A Brush with Heidelberg' (2016), highlighting the work of artists in interpreting the local landscape.[16]
  • 'Remembering 67' (2017). This exhibition offered a multi-sensory experience of the year 1967, the year of the Society's foundation.[17]

Activities[edit | edit source]

The Society is an advocate for heritage preservation in its locality[18] [19] [20] and works to acknowledge major civic and community milestones.[21]

It hosts public meetings at which guest speakers present information and ideas that are relevant to the history of the Heidelberg district. Tours to sites of local historic interest are organised from time to time. Volunteers at the museum can assist researchers with enquiries.

The Society publishes The Heidelberg Historian, a regular bimonthly newsletter.[22]

Awards and recognition[edit | edit source]

The Society is recognised as a Place of Deposit by the Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) and is approved to hold original public records that are of local interest and significance.[23]

The exhibition 'An Invitation to the Ball' won 'Best Exhibit/Display' category[24] in the Victorian Community History Awards[25] that were presented in October 2010.

The exhibition 'A Brush with Heidelberg' was commended in the Historical Interpretation category of the Victorian Community History Awards that were presented in October 2016[26] and the exhibition was listed as "one of the six reasons to visit Heidelberg" in the Age newspaper[27] in August 2016.

The Society's 50th anniversary in 2017 was acknowledged by the Parliament of Victoria.[28]

In 2018 it was recognised as a significant part of the Ivanhoe district by member for Ivanhoe Mr Anthony Carbines MP in the "Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Bill 2017" for the Parliament of Victoria.[29]

External links[edit | edit source]

Heidelberg Historical Society - official site

Heidelberg Historical Society - Facebook page

Jayitri Smiles, 'Rich tapestry of history', Heidelberg Leader, 24 April 2018, p. 11.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cummins, Cyril; Williams, Peter J.; Bailey, Christopher (1982). Heidelberg since 1936: A Pictorial History (2nd ed.). Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia: Heidelberg Historical Society. p. 110.
  2. "Heidelberg Historical Society - About Us". www.heidelberghistoricalsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  3. "Incorporation data for Heidelberg Historical Society". Community Affairs Victoria. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. "Search membersocieties". collections.historyvictoria.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  5. "Heidelberg Historical Society, Friends of Banyule hope Banyule Homestead buyer deserving of historic mansion". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. "VHD". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  7. "Heidelberg Historical Society - Our Museum". www.heidelberghistoricalsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  8. "Heidelberg Historical Society - Our Museum". www.heidelberghistoricalsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  9. "COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ENTER PLACES IN THE REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE (Trove)". http://www.trove.gove.au. Retrieved 21 May 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  10. "VHD". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  11. "Successful Organisations - Victoria | Department of Social Services, Australian Government". www.dss.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  12. "Heidelberg Historical Society - Collections". www.heidelberghistoricalsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  13. "President's Report". Heidelberg Historian. 257: 5. April 2010.
  14. "An invitation to the ball : an exhibition from the Heidelberg Historical Society... on eHive". eHive. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  15. "Against the Forces". Heidelberg Historian. 275: 4. April 2013.
  16. "Society News". Heidleberg Historian. 293: 3. April 2016.
  17. "Society News". Heidelberg Historian. 299: 3. April 2017.
  18. Armitage, Laura (15 April 2014). "Heidelberg Historical Society, Friends of Banyule hope Banyule Homestead buyer deserving of historic mansion". Heidelberg Leader. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  19. Wray-McCann, Jesse; Withiel, Cathy (19 April 2017). "Caerleon homestead in Eaglemont demolished to make way for multistorey townhouses". Heidelberg Leader. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  20. Koenig, Rick (8 May 2017). "Airlie Aged Care in Ivanhoe under threat from developer". Heidelberg Leader. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  21. Armitage, Laura (2 August 2014). "Heidelberg History Society collates memorabilia to celebrate 80 years since the City of Heidelberg was gazetted". Heidelberg Leader. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  22. "The Heidelberg historian : newsletter of the Heidelberg and District Historical Society. - Version details". Trove. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  23. "Public Records in Victorian Communities - Google My Maps". Google My Maps. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  24. "Take me to the Ball". Heidelberg Historian. 260: 6. October 2010.
  25. "Community History Awards | PROV". www.prov.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  26. "Victorian Community History Awards 2016" (PDF). Public Record Office Victoria. p. 10. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  27. "6 reasons to visit Heidelberg.(Spectrum)". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited. 2016. p. 6. ISSN 0312-6307.
  28. Carbines, Anthony (10 May 2017). "Members' statements". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  29. Victoria, corporatename=Parliament of. "Parliament of Victoria - Search Hansard". hansard.parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-21.

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