Wednesday, 29 January 2014

come and visit Ellis Cottage this Sunday 2nd February

It's Open Day and we will be here from 2pm to 4pm

Lots to see in the Cottage and Barn 

We are open on the first Sunday of the month year round 
(except January)

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Friday, 23 August 2013

Descendants of the pioneering Smith family from the early days of the Caledonia Goldfields and with descendants across the district will be interested in a Smith family reunion in October.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sausage Sizzle at Mitre 10
Diamond Creek

The regular Sausage Sizzle at Mitre 10 in Diamond Creek

will be run by the Nillumbik Historical Society


Saturday 11th May 2013

We will be there from 8.30am into the afternoon until 4.00pm

we hope you will come along to support us by buying a snag and take the time to have a chat so you can find out who we are and what we do.


*****   SAVE THE DATE *****

The Nillumbik Historical Society are holding a 

two day Gold Mining exhibition

on the

weekend of 25th & 26th May 2013

please put these days in your diary & come along to indulge your interest in gold mining, its history and social impacts

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Nillumbik Historical Society is holding a


in Diamond Creek

on Saturday, 6th October

Please come along and support us

Funds raised will go towards establishing our old Diamond Creek Police Cell as a permanent display

If you would like to lend a hand, or just drop by for a chat that’s fine too.

We will be there from about 9am until about 3pm

Friday, 8 June 2012

Nillumbik Historical Society Inc is hosting a two day exhibition

at Ellis Cottage, 10 Nillumbik Square Diamond Creek


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2012

10am to 3pm

          • Model trains on display
          • Photos and story of the Flying Scotsman
          • Old photos of the trains on the Hurstbridge Line
          • Photographic presentation of Hurstbridge Line history

Devonshire Teas & Sausage Sizzle will be available for purchase

Ellis Cottage has off street car parking

Enter Memory Lane from Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek opposite the Nillumbik Nursery
Melway Ref: 12 F5

Phone:  Gwen Myers, NHS Secretary
9718 2263 (leave message on answering machine) or 
0409 459 186

Saturday, 19 May 2012

23rd & 24th June 2012

Hurstbridge Railway Line is 100 years old this year, and Nillumbik Historical Society will be holding an exhibition as part of the celebrations in 2012.

We will be displaying our historic photographs of the railway, telling the story of the building of the railway extension from Eltham through Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen.

Photographs of locomotives and incidents on the rail line will be included.

There will be a display for the Flying Scotsman which was brought to Australia in the 1980's.

There will be a sausage sizzle and devonshire teas available for purchase.

Please come along and become part of this important time in our history.
Members, friends and anyone who has an interest will be made very welcome. The cottage and barn have open fires and a wood heater so you will be warm and cosy.

Ellis Cottage is at 10 Nillumbik Square Diamond Creek. However, best access is off Main Hurstbridge Road before you reach Wattle Glen, just past the nursery under the power lines that cross the road where you will find a brown "Historic Ellis Cottage" sign. There is ample parking at the precinct.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Open Day Talk - Sunday 6th November 3.00pm

Come and hear a talk from Ron Kirkbride and his sister Lily Gould about stories passed on by their grandfather who was a policeman in Diamond Creek - Open Day Sunday 6th November 2.30pm for talk at 3pm - afternoon tea will be available after the talk

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Annual General Meeting and Casserole Dinner - Wednesday 3rd August

We will have our usual casserole dinner before the Annual General Meeting starting at 6:00pm.

We ask all people attending to bring along a hot casserole to share and would love to see as many members as possible come along and enjoy a social catch up on the night.

The AGM will start at 7:30pm.  Items to be discussed at the meeting must be put ion writing to the Secretary by Thursday 28 July, so no later than 1 week prior to the meeting.

Intentions of standing for Office by financial members must be put in writing to Gwen Myers at or by mail to PO Box 310, Diamond Creek, 3089 before 28 July so that your name can be added to the Agenda.

Tree Planting Ceremony - Sunday 3rd July

Come and join us on our next open day for this event

2:00 pm

Afternoon tea will be provided

We have decided to have a tree planting ceremony to honour three past and present secretaries of the Society.  Val Sharp was secretary for over 10 years when Bill Wadeson was President, followed by Rev Jock Ryan as President.  She was quite chuffed at having a tree planted for her recognising the hard work and support during the years she was secretary.  She will have a flowering red gum which will add lovely colour to our grounds.  On her resignation, Kevin Patterson took over as secretary.

Kevin has made a huge contribution to the Society both as a long standing secretary of more than 10 years and for his foresight on continuing to add to our photo archives.  He has helped us in identifying some of our older pioneering photos of which we had little information.  Although Kevin had retired from Office here, we have managed to keep him involved in various ways.  Kevin writes articles for the Diamond Creek News and Nillumbik Custodian, gives talks as our guest speaker and is a willing helper at the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair and our Autumn Fair.  Kevin regularly adds to our photographic collection for local events like floods and fire and some great coverage of events like the Bini Shell's building and demise and the construction of the Greensborough Shopping Centre.  This continues to enhance our archives for the future.  We will be planting a Lemon Scented Gum Tree.

The third person honoured in this tree planting is Gwen Myers, who has been current Secretary for 12 years and is an ongoing supporter of the Society. Gwen is a keen genealogist which has led to her interest in local history.  Even though her family did not come from this area, her children were born and raised in Diamond Creek.  An Australia Frangipani Gum Tree will be planted for her.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Guest Speaker Sunday 1st May

On our next Open Day Sunday 1st May, we will be continuing our regular talks.

Jim Connor who is president of Eltham District Historical Society will be talking about 'Eltham Then and Now'. Jim's presentation and talk provides very interesting and detailed notes about the history of Eltham and the town as it is today.

The talk will be at Ellis Cottage Historical Precinct at 2:30pm. Afternoon tea will be provided and attendance is by gold coin donation.

Members, friends and anyone who has an interest will be made very welcome. The cottage and barn have open fires and a wood heater so you will be warm and cosy.

Ellis Cottage is at 10 Nillumbik Square Diamond Creek. However, best access is off Main Hurstbridge Road before you reach Wattle Glen, just past the nursery under the power lines that cross the road where you will find a brown "Historic Ellis Cottage" sign. There is ample parking at the precinct.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A wonderful day for our Autumn Fair on Saturday 19th March

Well the weather turned it on for us last Saturday.  We couldn't have ordered a more perfect day.  Yes, Autumn in Melbourne can be surprising, so we were very happy with a warm sunny day for our Autumn Fair.

We continued our historical emphasis for the Fair this year and all who attended appreciated the wonderful displays in our Barn and the Cottage.  Out archives stall was well patronised.  We sold books, photographs and postcards and handed out information leaflets and brochures.

The genealogy display had many examples of documents and maps for people to browse through.

Four very interesting talks were given throughout the day.  Our thanks go to Gaye Ponting, Noel Withers, Stan Bone and Kevin Patterson for their efforts in preparing and time generously given to deliver some very interesting material.

Once again our devonshire teas were a success.  Thanks go to Margaret Gordon, Lynn Loft and June Williams for working so hard in the kitchen.

Kevin Myers manned our barbeque all day keeping up with the demand for sausages.  He had many compliments for their quality and taste.

There were many places to sit and enjoy both food and atmosphere with tables and chairs around the precinct and in our marquee.  Some people returned for a second helping and returned to their seats to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere for a while longer.

Local musician Garry Hayes entertained us with his wonderful songs about the area.  He surprised us with a new song about William Ellis, Ellis Cottage and the Nillumbik Historical Society.  Thank you Garry.

Ron and Barbara Kirkbride's gem display attracted a lot of attention and their friend Ron exhibited his gem polishing skills.

We raffled a framed historical photograph of the Diamond Creek railway crossing taken about 1920.  It was won by a young boy from Diamond Creek, Cooper Simpson.

A mystery object was also on display for people to guess what it was and its use.  Seven people guessed exactly what it was - an apple grader or guage - so the winner decided by a draw from those seven entries.  The $25 prize was won by Pam Lawson of Hurstbridge.

Thank you to all who attended on what was a successful day

Saturday, 5 March 2011


We will he holding our annual Autumn Fair at Ellis Cottage on 

Saturday March 19th 2011

All are welcome between 9am and 3pm

Come and join us to enjoy

Free historical talks

10:30am     Gaye Ponting - Historical Panton Hill
11:30am     Noel Withers - The Batman Era
12:30pm     Stan Bone - One Tree Hill Mine
1:30pm     Kevin Patterson - First Miners in Victoria

All Day Activities

Photographic and Archival Display

Historic Photos to view and for sale

Genealogy Display, including the Ellis Family Tree

Raffle of a large framed historic photograph

Guess our "Mystery Item"

Gem Display and Polishing Demonstration

Devonshire Teas, B-B-Q and Sausage Sizzle

and lots lots more ....

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Welcome to the Nillumbik Historical Society Blog

The Society has some good news.  We have just received a donation from Daisy Smith nee Jones who grew up at Golden Glen on the Wattle Glen-Kangaroo Ground Road.  Albert Jones the renowned local photographer was a relative of Daisy's.  Albert's photographs form the Sparkes collection.
We are very happy to accept the wonderful items donated.

  • A christening gown that was used when Daisy's husband Frank Smith was christened
  • A wedding dress worn by Frank Smith's mother Ann Smith nee Jones
  • A trophy from the Diamond Creek Horticultural Society Show at its the third annual show on 10th March 1887.  The award is the First Championship Cup and was for 24 varieties of apples and six varieties of peaches.  It was won by Mr. Edward Jones who was Daisy's father.
along with numerous photographs, paper-clippings, documents, certificates and crockery.