Category Archives: Malmsbury


EVENT DATE: Friday 18 November – Sunday 20 November

It is now 150 years since construction of the Malmsbury Reservoir began in 1866. Come and view our display on the history of the Reservoir – or bring along your own research and pick our brains on local and family history.

Date: Friday 18 November – Sunday 20 November
Venue: Malmsbury Mechanics Institute
Address: 71 Mollison Street Malmsbury
Time: 9.00am-4.00pm each day
Entry: Free entry – research fees may apply. 
Please book to undertake research. Email at least 2 days’ in advance:

On the site of a former Caroline Chisholm Sheltershed and the first Malmsbury council chambers, the Mechanics Institute was built in 1876 and the Federal Hall added in 1895. Now managed by the Malmsbury Historical Society, it has housed and supported a wide variety of community organisations and functions.

Visit the Malmsbury Mechanics Institute page.


EVENT DATE: Sunday 20 November 2016

Visitors can expect many old favourites and new surprises. Once again live music will feature strongly with roving performers and stage entertainment. Local wineries will offer tastings and sales alongside local produce and hot and cold food stalls. Children’s activities include a jumping castle, face painting and plaster mould decorating. A makers’ market will showcase local handcrafts and games of bowls and croquet will take place on the original garden green.

Date: Sunday 20 November 2016
Venue: Malmsbury Town Hall and Botanic Gardens
Address: Corner of Ellesmere Place and Mollison St, Malmsbury
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Entry: Cold coin entry

The Malmsbury Town Hall is a civic building constructed in 1868 and located in the north-east corner of the historic Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. In the late 19th century recreational facilities, including a bowling green, tennis court and croquet lawn, were added. The hall has enjoyed an upsurge in use and vitality in the past few years. Recent renovations include a kitchen upgrade, painting and acoustic improvements. More and more community meetings, events and private functions are being held in this local asset.

Visit the Malmsbury Town Hall page.

Victoria, Malmsbury, Malmsbury Village Fayre

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 15 November 2015

A community run 151008_141116 Malmsbury fayre photo by Howard Maylorevent supporting local growers and producers is set inside the Malmsbury Town Hall and outside in the nearby Botanic Gardens. There are approximately 60 stalls giving tastings and sales of the local wines, premium olive oils and many other products. A local ‘Makers Market’ will feature this year. This popular Fayre is held on the third Sunday of November and attracts over 3,000 visitors.

Free jumping castles and face painting by professionals. Live music is presented by the ZINGARO music festival in the Gypsy Klezmer style where visitor participation is a must. You can create more music with Andy Rigby’s marimbas. The Botanic Gardens are a perfect backdrop for a picnic, taking a stroll or to view the historic, bluestone viaduct. You will find cafes, restaurants, three art galleries and the local Historical Society at the Malmsbury Mechanics Institute are all open in the shopping precinct. Malmsbury has an active VLine train station on the Bendigo line just 6 minutes walk from the Fayre.

For further details visit the Malmsbury Village Fayre website.  

Date:  Sunday 15 November 2015
Venue:  Malmsbury Town Hall and Botanic Gardens
Address:  Cnr Ellesmere Place and Mollison St Malmsbury
Time:  10am-4pm
Entry:  gold coin

Stallholders: Contact Sandra , 03 5423 4225


A bit of history The Town Hall is much loved by the community and has a dedicated Town Hall Committee (started in 2013) who are maintaining it and raising funds to obtain a modern commercial kitchen. This year specialized padding has been placed on the back wall of the hall to improve the acoustics. It was celebrated with a huge concert of local musicians. The group has also replaced the stage curtains and obtained new padded chairs. The Malmsbury Town Hall was built in 1868 on the corner of Ellesmere Place and the main road next to the Botanic Gardens from dressed rubble bluestone (probably quarried locally). It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and registered by the National Trust. The removal of the front facade to make way for a 1950’s red brick addition for the arrival of the ‘movies’ has threatened the viability of these listings. The bluestone panels were finished with cement to imitate freestone after the style adopted in the erection of Wesley Church, Melbourne. At the time it was the only town hall between Melbourne and Sandhurst (Bendigo). Malmsbury was also remarkable because it eventually had two halls (the Mechanics Institute and Town Hall) in such a small town. After about 8 years of use the Department of Health decided the hall was too dangerous to use and it must close because there was no provision for water in case of fire. Large buckets had to be put onto the stage. Its uses have included: a court house, council offices, film shows, weddings, funeral wakes, celebrations, meetings, talks, concerts, community groups etc.

Victoria, Malmsbury, Malmsbury Town Hall flea Market

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 1 November 2015

A great collection of eclectic stalls. Find a bargain or a treasure!

Date:  Sunday 1 November 2015
Venue:  Malmsbury Town Hall
Address: 91 Mollison St, Malmsbury
Time:  9am-2pm
Entry:  gold coin donation

Stall holders: Bookings call 0408 336 352, $15 prepaid to PO box 135 Malmsbury


Our hall dates back to the 1800s, a beautiful bluestone structure.

Visit the Malmsbury Town Hall website.

VICTORIA, MALMSBURY, Making a Date with History

EVENT DATE:  Friday 13 November – Sunday 15 November 2015

Do you have any old 150922_Unknown Quarry Men in Unknown quarry submitted by Sue Walterphotos that you can’t date or identify? We have. Maybe we can help each other. We will have on display some of our mystery photos, and can offer advice on how to identify yours . We are also holding a sale of history books – covering local, Victorian, Australian and European and even natural history. So make a date to visit Malmsbury and share some history!

Date:  13/11/2015 – 15/11/2015
Venue:  Malmsbury Mechanics Institute
Address:  71 Mollison Street Malmsbury
Time:  9am to 4 p.m. daily
Entry:  Nil (fees associated with history research may apply)


Built on the site of the 1855 former Caroline Chisholm Sheltershed, Malmsbury Mechanics Institute has been serving the local community under various guises. Now a Historical Society and community meeting place we continue to disseminate Useful Knowledge both past and present.

For more information on the Malmsbury Mechanics Institute visit Malmsbury Historical Society’s webstite.

VICTORIA, Malmsbury, Heritage Weekend in Malmsbury

EVENT DATE: 14, 15, 16 November 2014

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November – Malmsbury Historical Society Open day. Open for research, display on walls, enquiries, book sales, souvenirs etc. Research fees apply -see our website

Sunday November 16th –  In conjunction with the Malmsbury Village Fayre. Two history talks. Entry by gold coin donation. Not open for research but enquiries welcome and our usual books, publications and souvenirs available for purchase.
12:30 p.m. -1 :30 p.m. Mike Stambrey will speak on Dr Edward Davy, his role in the invention of the electric telegraph relay and his creative and inventive mind.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rod Andrew will speak on the problems faced during the construction of the Malmsbury reservoir. A new booklet on the subject will be available for purchase from the Fayre weekend onwards.


Dates: 14-16 November 2014
Venue: Malmsbury Mechanics Institute
Address: 71 Mollison Street Malmsbury
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Entry: Gold coin donation
Bookings: Preferred, to assist in planning
For more details: email or phone 03 5423 9282


Malmsbury Mechanics Institute was built on the site of the former Caroline Chisholm Sheltershed.
The Institute initially occupied part of the Malmsbury Borough Council chambers (renovated from the Sheltershed) before the Institute purchased the site and built a new building in 1876. The pre-federation Federal Hall was added 1895-1896. Owned and supported by Macedon Ranges Shire council, the site has a 159-year history of serving the local community.

VICTORIA, Malmsbury, Malmsbury Village Fayre

EVENT DATE: 16 November 2014

Malmsbury is a small town in Central Victoria which hosts the Fayre each year in November and 3 – 4,000 people attend. Main attractions are the beautiful Malmsbury Botanic Gardens, ZINGARO Music Festival with plenty of dancing and local musicians, local fine wines for tasting and buying, gourmet food stalls selling local olives, oils, honey, jams, preserves, chocolates, beer, cheeses, craft such as glass jewellery and iron sculpture, multicultural hot food and great coffee. All cafes, antiques and art studios will be open on the day. Being a family friendly event some children’s activities are free. Other attractions are the magnificent railway viaduct which can be viewed from the Botanic Gardens, historic town with gold mining and pastoral heritage and was once a stop over for the Cob and Co stage coach.


Date: Sunday 16 November 2014
Venue: Malmsbury Town Hall and Botanic Gardens
Address: Mollison St, Malmsbury
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Entry: Gold coin