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.



Saturday, 19 May 2012

HURSTBRIDGE RAILWAY LINE 1912-2012
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, 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.