Mont De Lancey Homestead and Museum - Wandin - Yarra Valley · Tel: +61 3 5964 2088 · Open 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Wed to Sun

Mont De Lancey - Living History in the Yarra Valley

The Museum

The family, working and social life of Wandin's early settler families is displayed in a comprehensive collection of photographs and artifacts. The pioneer families of 1866-1870 came from England, Scotland, Ireland, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Switzerland. In the early 20th century settlers arrived from Italy and other parts of Europe.

Ralph Proctor

Ralph Proctor

Photographs

  • The people: wedding and family groups, sports teams and school groups, work scenes and social functions.
  • The town: churches and schools, public buildings and businesses, early transport and homes.
  • Agriculture and Industry: berry and passionfruit plantations, orchards and farms, the jam factories and timber mills, and the traders.

Displays under glass include household and personal items: china, silverware, clothing, jewellery and service medals.

The mezzanine display includes a large collection of hand tools such as those used to clear and cultivate the land, and build fences and simple slab houses.

Look for...

  • Plans for the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Line and photographs of Wandin station in its heyday.
  • Boer War memorabilia of Mounted Rifles veteran Colonel Alfred Otter.
  • Wedding outfit worn by Lydia Gaudion (Mrs John Hunter) first bride to marry in the Methodist Church in 1881.
  • Bonanza Apple Parer, part of the mechanical kitchenalia display in the Heritage Room.
  • M-tooth and H-tooth cross-cut saws on the hand tool wall on the mezzanine floor.
  • Themed tableau in the special display room, changed regularly.

The Ralph Proctor Collection

Ralph Proctor, a long time resident of the district, served as a pilot during World War 2 and put together an impressive collection of war memorabilia. Following the 'Australia Remembers' commemorations of 1995 Ralph offered his collection to Mont De Lancey for permanent display.

The Striezel Collection

This collection is housed in The Gallery.

Franz Striezel was a highly regarded German wood carver who emigrated to Australia in 1886 and is represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Some stunning pieces of his highly prized works including an Australia inspired cocktail cabinet, card table and ornate mirrors were gifted to Mont De Lancey by his granddaughter Mrs Dorothy Adamson for permanent display.

The Mont De Lancey Collection

This collection is housed in The Gallery.

In 1996 Mont De Lancey established an annual art show to showcase and encourage talented local artists. The Mont De Lancey Collection comprises works acquired by the award of an annual acquisitive cash prize for the work adjudged the best of the annual exhibition and will be complete in 2010. The Collection was officially launched by the Honorable Sir Rupert Hamer in 1995 and is displayed in The Ray Oliver Gallery. The show is held in October and is restricted to artists resident in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.