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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is opening on Sundays from Sunday 29th November

The Museum is opening on Sunday 29th November, Sunday 6th December, and Sunday 13th December 2020. It will be closed for the remainder of 2020, until February 2021.

With social distancing, we can only have 2 people and 1 volunteer in the Research Room and up to 4 people in the Exhibition space during each time slot between 2pm and 3:15pm and 3:30pm and 4:45pm.

Book your timeslot by email only at heidelberg.historical.society@gmail.com. This applies to our members as well as to the public.

Face masks are required to be worn inside the Museum. You will be required to leave your name and phone number as per Victorian Government regulation.

If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.

23rd November 2020

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The Heidelberg Lock Up

Posted on Monday, 4th January 2021 by Janine Rizzetti

from our Facebook page December 5, 2020

Click here for the image of the bluestone lockup in Jika Street.

This photograph, taken prior to c.1960 shows from left, the bluestone police residence, weatherboard police offices and bluestone police cells in Jika Street Heidelberg.

From the 1860s to early 20th century, the Jika Street end of Burgundy Street was the civic precinct of Heidelberg with the police station, courthouse, shire offices and Presbyterian and Anglican Churches all in close proximity.

The police precinct was constructed c. 1860 as part of a wave of construction of police stations across Victoria. This complex of buildings was designed by acting Chief Architect James Balmain and was constructed at a cost of 1244 pounds by builders Amos & Co. 

The bluestone police residence still stands, but the weatherboard police offices and cellblock were demolished in the early 1960s when a new police station was built.

Image credit: Evan Luly, “Lock-up, Police Station, Heidelberg, Melbourne,” Melbourne History Resources, accessed January 4, 2021, https://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/melbourne-history/items/show/85.

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