We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land. We also pay our respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to all other Indigenous Australians. Our way forward is to look honestly at the past, avoiding the old distorted historical accounts as much as possible.
Heidelberg Historical Society Museum
Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is located in the old Heidelberg Courthouse, Jika Street, Heidelberg. Here we have collections of historical records and objects with facilities for researching subjects of interest.
Periodic exhibitions of special interest are also held at the Museum.
Normal opening hours are 2PM-5PM on Sundays, although it is closed at present over the holiday period.During the year, arrangements can generally be made for visits at other times. A small charge is made for entry to the museum, except for Members, who can enter free of charge.
In addition to physical records and objects, museum volunteers have entered large quantities records on computer databases, which are also available to visitors and to members.
- Postal Address
- Heidelberg Historical Society
- PO Box 39
- Heidelberg VIC 3084
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Phone: (03) 9455 2130
A STORY ABOUT FIRST TRAIN TO HEIDELBERG
When the first train ran from Melbourne to Heidelberg in 1889, one of the dignitaries missed it. He ordered his horse and carriage to take him to Heidelberg and arrived ahead of the train. So the train took longer than the horse and cart to go from Melbourne to Heidelberg.
Long discussions took place about the route of the railway at the time. The upper, lower and middle route were debated. Heidelberg might have been different had the "lower" or "upper" route been adopted, rather than the "middle" route that we have today. If this is an interest of yours, we can help.
In the 1890s, a group of impressionist artists lived and worked at their painting in the Heidelberg area. Their work was a sensation. Because of one summer of work, they gave Heidelberg an unmatched reputation. In reality, only two of the group did much work in Heidelberg and all of them did most of their work elsewhere, but why ruin a good story with such details? Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton represented the "Heidelberg School".
We don't have any original Heidelberg School paintings, but we do have plenty of information about this iconic Australian artists' movement.