The history of both Lilydale and Croydon has been well documented and makes fascinating reading for those interested in the early days of these towns. But lying between the two is an area largely neglected by historians...
The following is an attempt to piece together the gradual development of a town that grew around an isolated railway station to become the largest township in the Shire and, for a time, Melbourne's fastest growing residential suburb.
Chapter 1 - Let's Go Back to 1837
Chapter 2 - "Mooroolbeek"
Chapter 3 - Pioneering Life
Chapter 4 - A New Era - The Building of the Railway Line
Chapter 5 - Subdivisions (1920's and on) and New Estates
Chapter 6 - The Life of a Converted Ballroom
Chapter 7 - Schools to Accommodate a Growing Suburb
Chapter 8 - At first there was Just the Post Office
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James,G.F. Border Country, Shire of Lillydale, Victoria, 1984
Hutchinson, Les, Bright Hopes for Tomorrow, 1988
McGivern, Muriel, A History of Croydon, A Second Volume, 1978.
McGivern, Muriel, Founder of the Dandenongs, 1979
Used by Permission, 2004
Special thanks to Lilydale Historic Society and Croydon Historic Society for their interest and help in this research.
Photographs are courtesy of Lilydale Historic Society.
(c) copyright 2004 Sally Minett not to be copied or reproduced without permission