Nillumbik articles

Herbert Family Property and the Diamond Creek Racing Club

HERBERT FAMILY With the continuing development along Collard Drive and down the hills to Herbert’s Lane and the creek flats, it is timely to share some information about the original property that goes back to the pioneering days of Diamond Creek. The new estates around Collard Drive are being built on what was 100 acres […]

Early Days of the Diamond Creek Op Shop Charlie Milthorpe’s Store

Mr Charles Milthorpe and his family are the first known occupants of the building that now houses the Opportunity Shop on the corner of Brooks Crescent. Charles was an orchardist with a property in Broad Gully Road who won prizes for his fruit at the Diamond Creek Horticultural Show. After his marriage to Ellen Stone […]

Nillumbik Custodian Our Newsletter

We publish our newsletter the Nillumbik Custodian each quarter for our members. Issues from 2021 and earlier are publicly available to view and read on Trove / National Library https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1552649449 Please feel free to browse through and read whatever you find interesting or become a member to receive each issue as soon as it’s published.

Nillumbik Cemetery Diamond Creek

Nillumbik Cemetery is one of a number of Pioneer Cemeteries in the district with burials going back to its establishment in 1867.  The cemetery has been managed and maintained by Trustees since that time and it still is today.  The Trustees are volunteers who give their time to keep the cemetery in the condition they […]

Pioneer Families of Diamond Creek District WILSON

John Wilson and his wife Martha Burgess arrived in Port Phillip as bounty immigrants on the 18th February 1844 with their seven children ranging in age from 1 to 17. They left their home in Langley, Essex looking for better opportunities as so many others at the time did. Bounty immigrants were expected to begin […]

The Diamond Valley Story For Sale

Original 1974 publication of The Diamond Valley Story by Dianne H. Edwards All copies are in brand new condition having been stored by our society since they were given to us by the author for our contribution of photographs and information   Contact Us to arrange your purchase   Collect from Ellis Cottage or arrange […]

Diamond Creek Gold Mine Fire 1915 Its Impact on the Community

In 1861 there was gold mining of all kinds in places across the district. It was only a matter of time before gold was found in Diamond Creek as well. The discovery of gold in Diamond Creek in 1862, by Joseph and David Wilson, on land bordering Dr. Phipps’ and Charles Orme’s properties, was the […]

Diamond Creek District’s First Schools

In the early 1860’s, an increasing number of families were taking up and improving properties across Diamond Creek district. There was an even greater increase following the discovery of gold in Diamond Creek in 1862. Very quickly our first mine, the Diamond Creek Gold Mine, was established attracting a large number of miners and their […]

Machine Gun on St John’s Porch Roof

How Did it Get up here? Some of you may be aware of the location of Diamond Creek’s war memorial but some people may not be aware that this is actually the cenotaph’s third location. The cenotaph was originally erected in the middle of the intersections of Main Road, Collins Street and Hyde Street in […]

Pioneer Families of Diamond Creek District GODBER

The Godber family were early Diamond Creek settlers, first recorded in the district in the 1850’s. Two sons and a daughter of Job and Mary Godber were living in Diamond Creek and had married into local families during the late 1850’s and early 1860’s. Rosamond Godber married William Wilson, who had been in the district […]

Town Without a Name

An extract from Edward Bage, Diamond Creek: surveyor, adventurer and gentleman by Jock Ryan (Nillumbik Historical Society 2001) Victoria’s booming population led to houses and farms springing up haphazardly with little regard to the location of future townships or roads. One such community had developed twenty five kilometres north east of Melbourne where, in 1862, […]

The Strongest Man in the Foorce

For ten years, from 1886 to 1896, Diamond Creek and its surrounding district was protected by an esteemed and well respected member of the Victorian Police Force. Constable Thomas Waldron was sent to our district to help police and manage the camps between Research and Diamond Creek that housed the navvies constructing that section of […]

Ellis Cottage the ideal place for your next get-together or off-site meeting

For morning or afternoon tea at one of Nillumbik Shire’s oldest buildings, built by William Ellis in 1865.   You will have exclusive access to Ellis Cottage, our barn with historic displays and the gardens that surround the cottage.   Devonshire Tea & Talk with Tour – $18 per person served with freshly brewed tea […]

Ellis Cottage Open Day Sunday 7th April

Next Open Day is   on Sunday, 7th April Entry $3 covers both the cottage and the barn Children Free  

The Pub with Three Names – Evelyn Arms – Halfway House – Tunnel Camp

The building that was on the road to Greensborough had three names during its sixty year history, each relating to a particular period of its operation and although it was outside the township boundary it was Diamond Creek’s first pub.  It was first licensed as the Evelyn Arms Hotel to Isaac Hawkins on 31st January, […]

Crossing a Flooded Creek When You Need to Get to Work

When Diamond Creek was cut in half by floodwaters in the early 1960’s, water would spread up the hill in Chute Street and those living on that side of town had no access to the railway station. So, what could you do if you needed to get to catch the train to work? Fortunately for […]