Upper Yarra Museum

Upper Yarra Museum cares for the heritage and collections from the Upper Yarra. It is a Community Museum run by Volunteers. All proceeds used to maintain the collection and the Heritage site

Open every Wednesday  & Sunday  11am- 4pm (Every third Saturday of the Month: 11am – 4pm). Entry fees $10 per family (concessions apply). All proceeds are used for the restoration and maintenance of the heritage site and conservation of the donated collection.

Books for sale, informative signage and four continuous audio-visual presentations positioned throughout the precinct complement the exhibits. Events and tours available.

Themes associated with the history of the area:·

Bunurrong and Wawurrong people and the traditional Wurundjeri-Balluk territory

European exploration and gold rush.

Pioneer settlement, pioneer families.

Local industry

Timber

Ancillary (wood distillation, eucalyptus oil)

Water (dams, aqueducts)

Horticulture and Agriculture

Tourism, holidaying, and guesthouses.

Transport – railway, tramways, roads

Significant events – electric power, major bushfires, Queen’s visit 1954, Shire amalgamation 1994.

Sport, and entertainment.

Education, schools.

Health Services, Hospitals

Religious and cultural (history of local cemeteries in cooperation with cemetery trust)

Artefacts relating to the existing railway buildings – 1882 Station, Goods Shed, Guards Van, and the Assistant Station Master’s house.

About the Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society (UYVHS).

Upper Yarra  Historical Society was established in 1966 by local residents with “the aim of fostering a historical interest in and knowledge of the Yarra Valley firstly, and that of wider Melbourne and Victoria secondly .

A dedicated group of volunteers continues to maintain the museum and its collection. The UYVHS Committee, the elected governing body, meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. All UYVHS members are invited to attend monthly meetings as well as the Annual General Meeting (May). New UYVHS members are welcome; induction programs for new members are conducted as needed. Volunteer members are also welcome; there are a variety of tasks and involvement opportunities to suit a range of interests.

The core role of the historical society in its early years was to manage the collection. Over time, this role has been extended to the maintenance and management of the railway precinct including the heritage buildings used to house the collection. ” The two are inextricably connected by virtue of their focus on the region’s history and heritage, by the Society’s home in the Museum, while their tasks are made harder by the dire need for improved preservation, access and infrastucture, and almost complete lack of income to care for their large collection”

Contact Details

Address

Upper Yarra Museum
Warburton Highway
Yarra Junction VIC 3797
Australia