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The Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society is the custodian of the Upper Yarra Museum.

Original driver, George Coggin (employed by M.M.B.W) gathered support for a Historical Society and early meetings were held at Green Gables in Warburton. These meetings also included Mr and Mrs Frank Kurka (Proprietors of Green Gables Chalet) and Stan Cooper (Cr, President, Tourist Development Authority) who became the first Society president. Other prominent participants in establishing the Historical Society included Syd Halbish, Marj Wilson, Lindsay Harris, Earle Parkinson, Don and Ben Parkinson, Fred Pickersgill and Norm Golding.

A public meeting was organised and more members joined the society so the meetings were transferred to Yarra Junction. After the closure of the Lilydale to Warburton rail line in 1965, the Shire of Upper Yarra arranged with the railway department for the headquarters of the UYHS to be established at the station. Dedicated members started the process of gathering the collection and setting up the museum to house the items being donated. Their efforts were directed towards collecting historical objects and records from the district, creating affiliations with like minded and other community organisations, arranging speakers, history tours and raising funds.

The Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society is a Not-for-Profit Incorporated Association with Deductible Gift Recipient status. It is affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Association of Eastern Historical Societies,  Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA), Museums Australia (Victoria) and the Yarra Ranges Heritage Network.

The Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society welcomes new members. Please, join us to help preserve our local history for future generations.


Follow this link for membership application.



President:  Frank Colverson

Vice President: Barry Teklenburg

Secretary: Lee Pannett

Treasurer: Kate Lamb

Committee Members: Ross Polkinghorne, Aven Stewart, Dale Schafer

For further information email to or call Lee Pannet, 0448 706 714.

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