Knox Historical Society

Knox Historical Society preserve, conserve and promote history, particularly the history of Knox and the former shires of Berwick and Fern Tree Gully.

The geographic area covered, in historical sequence, includes the former Scoresby Riding of the Shire of Berwick until 1889, the Shire of Ferntree Gully until 1963, the Shire of Knox until 1969 and subsequently the City of Knox.

The City of Knox includes:

Ferntree Gully
Knox Gardens
The Basin
Upper Ferntree Gully
Wantirna South


At a public meeting held in the Bayswater Public Hall on the 14th of May 1965, it was decided to form a Shire of Knox Historical Society. The inaugaral meeting of the historical society was held on the 21st of June 1965 at the home of Mr and Mrs Howard McCoomb in Bayswater. Subsequent meetings were held in the homes of members in Bayswater. As the membership increased more space was needed so the Shire Council provided a farm house in Ferntree Gully Road on the site of what is now Gilbert Park. A large barn with a garage was on this site, but it was unable to be adequately locked. The Council appointed representatives from the historical society to a committee of management for the park. Caretakers, Mr and Mrs Jack Masters, lived on the site. As some items stored in the barn disappeared, boxes and treasures were removed from the barn and stored in members homes. Historical society meetings were held at the city offices in Spring Street Ferntree Gully behind the old Shire Hall and later at the new council offices in Knoxfield. In the 1970's Ambleside Park was donated to the city of Knox by Oliver and Mabel David. This property became the headquaters for the Knox Historical Society Inc. Ambleside Park now contains the local history museum for the City of Knox. The Knox Historical Society Inc. Resource Centre is housed in the property adjoining Ambleside Park.

The Knox Historical Society Inc.:

Compiles and maintains historical records of the Knox District
Displays historical artefacts and photographs
Provides and disseminates information to students, researchers and the community
Publishes books, newsletters, calenders, photographs and other items
Participates in historical events and local community celerbrations
Organises speakers on historical subjects and related community interest
Conducts excursions to places of historical interest
Works in conjunction with other historical societies and museums

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