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Trippers: Upper Yarra Museum

6 December

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Carpool from WNH 10am Entry to Museum 11am $5 PER PERSON payable on the day 12pm Upper Yarra RSL for lunch (at own expense) UPPER YARRA MUSEUM The Upper Yarra Museum is housed in and around the former Yarra Junction Railway Station (c.1888). The rail line between Lilydale and Warburton was opened in 1901 and the station building was relocated from Lilydale to Yarra Junction in 1913. After the last train completed the journey in 1965, the Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society took over management of the then-derelict buildings. Local history themes such as rail, timber, agriculture, gold, domestic life, transport, and tourism are represented at the Museum in the form of structures, artefacts, documents, photos and digitised material. The focus of the collection is in keeping with the Historical Society’s original intention, and with the current Collection Policy which states "The Museum will collect objects … which relate to, were used in, or are representative of objects used in, the Upper Yarra Valley". ​ The Museum’s greatest treasure is the restored Heritage station building. It is a delight; the fresh paint glistens and the new red oxide roof, chimney pot and finials all enhance the exterior. Inside the walls are painted in Victorian Railway shades of dark leather, light leather, stone with off white trims and the Baltic floors from 1888 are truly magnificent. The windows have been exposed and the fireplaces revealed. The original station rooms have been renamed and house both permanent and rotating exhibitions. ​ The two other Heritage buildings include VR No 320, a Departmental residence relocated from the Sandringham line (it was a gate house) now called the porters cottage. Two 2-man workers huts from the 1950’s Upper Yarra dam building site, the 1920s Powelltown police station, Yarra Junction lock-up, a bush shack and open, themed sheds (timber, tramways, gold, engines, machinery) as well as Bob Logan’s garage complete the visitor experience. ​ The Upper Yarra Museum is a community museum run by volunteers. All entry fees are used for the restoration and maintenance of the heritage site and conservation of the donated collection.

Contact Details

  • 1/168 Yarra St, Warrandyte VIC 3113, Australia

    03 9844 1839

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