Museum Closed for 2017

Following our most successful 50th anniversary exhibition,

the Museum is now closed to the public for the rest of 2017.

Re-opens on Sunday 11 February 2018 for research purposes only.


TUESDAY 12 December 2017 8.00 p.m.

Dr Janine Rizzetti

The World War 1 Conscription Plebiscites:

Heidelberg and Ivanhoe respond.

On 20 December 1917 Australians voted on a referendum to conscript soldiers to fight overseas in World War I. This poll, known as the Reinforcements Referendum, was carried out just fourteen months after an earlier referendum in October 1916 had recorded a majority ‘No’ vote to conscription, although Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia had voted in favour. This second campaign was even more bitterly fought than the first, and fed into the sectarianism that lasted through until the 1960s.

At our December meeting, Janine Rizzetti will mark the 100th anniversary of the second referendum by reviewing the campaigns through the eyes and ears of local residents in the Heidelberg and Ivanhoe areas. Through songs and images, she will identify the groups and individuals who were active on both sides of the campaign, and explain the results at a local level.

Visitors can meet HHS members and perhaps choose to join the Society.

Venue for all meetings

Uniting Church Community Centre,

Seddon Street, Ivanhoe

(Enter from the car park at the rear)

A Heidelberg Tradition

Heidelberg Historical Society was formed in 1967.

Since then, we have developed a substantial collection of photographs, objects, maps, documents, works of art and other items that help to tell the story of Heidelberg and its surrounding localities.

Our main areas of interest are those formerly in the municipalities that have included Heidelberg, including the Shire and City of Heidelberg and the City of Banyule.

We always welcome those interested in joining our Society as well as members of the public who wish to research the materials we hold in our museum.

Old Courthouse Museum

Our museum is located in the old Heidelberg Court House, Jika Street, Heidelberg, next door to the Heidelberg Police Station. Opening hours are 2PM to 5PM on Sundays.

Entry charge is $5 per person.


Research our Collections

We have a large collection of photographs, maps, newspapers and other documents, books, art works, costumes and other items relevant to the history of this area. Visitors are welcome to research our collections.

Membership and Involvement

Anyone interested in local history can become a member. We welcome people who can assist us to staff the museum on open days and help us to keep our collections up to date and in good condition.


Donations are always welcome to assist us in maintaining the museum.
Our Area of Interest.

Following the 1838 land sales, "Heidelberg" was the name given to the district rather than the current Heidelberg suburb. The township was called Warringal until the 1860s. Later, the Shire/City of Heidelberg included Fairfield and Alphington to the south and went as far north as Hurstbridge. Our area of interest therefore covers areas included in municipalities under the name of Heidelberg at that time in our history. Since the demise of the City of Heidelberg in the 1990s, our subsequent interest is in the areas covered by the City of Banyule.


Around 1900, a hot air balloon landed on Mt Eagle, attracting the interest of local residents.


Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe,1920s. This continues to be a major shopping precinct.


Yallambie is an historically important house, built in the 1870s, in Italianate style. It is also the name of the suburb.

West Heidelberg

The Treyvaud family lived in "Moora", 198 Upper Heidelberg Road, West Heidelberg, during the 1920s.


Aldermaston, located in Watsonia Barracks, was built for Dr Ainslie Meares in the 1930s and requisitioned by the Austrtalian Army during World War II.


Mount Street and Yarra Street interesection, Heidelberg, near the railway station. Area of car and bus park near station.


View of Viewbank in the 1950s, before the development of suburban housing. Looking south from Lyon Street.


An overhead view of the Australian Paper Manufacturers at Alphington in 1936. The larger view shows the railway, the road bridge, later called the Chandler Highway Bridge, and some of the older houses that were swallowed up by the large factory.


Fairfield Railway Station was called Fairfield Park in earlier years. It was from there that the railway junction to the APM was managed.


"Moorawatha", 3 Wilmot Street, Macleod was buit in 1908.
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By 1981 Rosanna had become a busy and fast growing residential suburb. The site of the famous Golf Course was now a park and a housing estate.
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This older Greensborough house, photographed in 1958, was formerly the home of the Partington family.
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