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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is now open on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm

Truth, Beauty & Utility Exhibition now open

This exhibition traces the Arts & Crafts Movement, from the sudden craze for Japanese-inspired decoration in the 1880s to the non-historical ‘Art Nouveau’ of 1900, to the rugged Californian bungalow of 1920—all as seen in our local area.

‘Truth, Beauty & Utility’ is now open at the Museum and can be viewed on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Please note that for the remainder of 2021 the Research Room will not be open on Sundays due to density requirements. The Museum will be closed during December 2021 and January 2022.

Coronavirus restrictions

As per Victorian Government regulation the following are required as conditions of entry to the Museum:

For more information please see the Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne at the Victorian Government website.


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

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Unveiling the Heidelberg War Memorial

Posted on Friday, 25th June 2021 by Janine Rizzetti

On 20 June 1921 the Heidelberg War Memorial, on the corner of Studley Rd and Burgundy Street was unveiled by the Victorian Governor, the Earl of Stradbroke. It was located in the gardens of the Civic Offices (that have since been relocated to the Banyule Flats). More than 200 pounds was raised by donation and fundraising efforts by the local community to pay for the memorial.

The memorial, constructed from Harcourt Granite and standing 16 ft. high had the 29 names of “the men who fell in the Great War” engraved upon it. Interestingly, one of those names was of the famous airman Cedric Howell, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C., who did not die in the War but instead died during the England to Australia Air Race in December 1920.

The unveiling ceremony took place at 3.00 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. School children, accompanied by an orchestra, opened the proceedings by singing the National Anthem. All the surrounding shops were closed to mark the occasion. After a number of speeches, the ceremony closed with two verses of Kipling’s Recessional, sung by the school children.

Soon afterwards, the steep street opposite was renamed ‘Stradbroke Avenue’, replacing its earlier name of ‘Main Street’.

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