Heritage Festival

Heritage Festival 2018 

The Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of all things history and heritage in the City of Melton. It is held during the Australian Heritage Festival each year.  This year the Heritage Festival launches on 18 April.  For more information visit the National Trust Heritage Festival website.

The City Strategy Team co-ordinates the Heritage Festival programming, but it is the community who has stepped up to lead walks, talks and share the research which contribute to our understanding of this municipality. 

The following events are available this year:

Download the Heritage Festival 2018 program(PDF, 670KB)

Heritage Festival 2017 Highlights

This year our bus tour took us to South Gisborne, Couangalt and Cabbage Tree where we  looked at sites of first European settlement in the Couangalt area. The tour dropped into the old courthouse at Gisborne to view the archives and holdings. Gisborne Historical Society gave an interesting talk on the first settlers to the Melton area and talked extensively about local identities whose names can still be seen around the district today. We had a great morning tea and a tour at a Bundaleer Homestead which is a charming homestead built in the 1860's.

Local historian Wendy Barrie led a walking tour of Melton South, Wendy looked at the history of the railway, the chaff mill, early dairies and other local landmarks.

Uncle Bryon Powell; a Wathaurung Elder, presented a talk highlighting the indigenous cultural heritage of Wathaurung country; of which Eynesbury is a part. He brought many interesting items to look at.

There was a Dry Stone Wall Workshop where 30 people learnt how to build and repair dry stone walls. They learnt about the different types of walls and how to plan what stones to use, they helped rebuild over 25 metres of wall under the watchful guidance of professional stone waller David Long. People travelled locally and from all over Victoria to attend this workshop.

Local historian Christine Love presented an ANZAC exhibition – ‘Boys come over here; you are wanted’ at Caroline Springs Library. The exhibition focused on recruitment and patriotic posters calling young men to enlist during WW1, it also focused on the young men from around Melton that answered that call.

The Melton Family History Group offered free workshops on researching your family tree, the workshops were held at their area located on the first floor of Melton Library. People learnt how to begin their research and how to overcome obstacles.

Another successful Heritage Week.


For further information on Heritage Week please contact our City Strategy Team on 9747 7200 or email us at citysupport@melton.vic.gov.au