Category Archives: Community Projects

Lost World War 1 Plaque returned To Upper Yarra Museum


Many years ago the Mt Evelyn RSL was donated a plaque, which was assumed was from the Mt Evelyn Avenue of Honour, with the name Reuben Saxton on it. This plaque has sat on display for decades in the Mt Evelyn RSL clubrooms.

Recently further research was undertaken on the plaque.
Firstly we couldn’t understand why it looked different to the only other plaque from the Mt Evelyn Avenue of Honour – J Ellis – which is in the archives of the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

Secondly there is no mention or record of Reuben Saxton being on the Mt Evelyn WWI lists.

Thirdly the military records of Reuben Saxton show he came from Gilderoy near Launching Place.

The Mt Evelyn RSL then contacted the Upper Yarra Museum and local military historian Bob Sutherland and discovered that Reuben Saxton is on the list of Launching Place WWI veterans.

More than that – they recognised the plaque as being from the Upper Yarra Avenue of Honour – in fact the only one known to be in existance.

This was then discussed with the members of the Mt Evelyn RSL who voted unanimously to donate the plaque to the Upper Yarra Museum – what we felt was it’s rightful home – where it could be on display for generations to come and for the community to appreciate.

Tonight members of the Mt Evelyn RSL met with the executive of the Upper Yarra Museum to donate the plaque into their care for safekeeping.

The plaque returns

Reuben Saxton by the way was killed in action at Cape Helles on Gallipoli in 1915. His body was never recovered and he is remembered on the memorial at Cape Helles and the War Memorial at Yarra Junction.

Master Plan [draft] May 2013


Comments are invited regarding the draft Master plan for the Yarra Junction Community and Cultural Precinct. By 5 pm Thursday 12.9.2013.


Chris Riseley, Community Planning and Engagement Unit, Yarra Ranges Council.

Phone 9294 6123


Post PO Box 214, Lilydale, Vic 3140


Council and Upper Yarra Museum community representatives will be available to talk about the plan

Outside Bendigo Bank Warburton Thursday 5.9. 2013 11am to 1pm

Yarra Junction Shopping Arcade, Tuesday 10.9.2013, 12 noon – 1pm

Please refer to the 2 files outling the key aspects of the plan and a plan summary.

Consultation opportunities

Master plan summary

Precinct Plan

Precinct Plan, Master Plan, prepared by Hansen Partnership May 2013


Yarra Ranges Council, with the support of the Victorian Government, has commissioned a master plan to be drawn up for the station and surrounding land. The plan will explore additional community use of the site, in particular tourism, life-long learning, vocational training, and social and cultural activities.












Feedback received in September and October 2012 from the community about the precinct is summarised in these documents

Key Themes emerging from Community Engagement activities

YRC Feedback from listening posts

Children’s Playground

Children’s Playground at Upper Yarra Museum

An outside children’s playground has joined the under-cover platform toys area and Children’s Room to complete the Museum’s children’s facilities.This is no ordinary playground. Activities include the (very noisy) ‘sound structure’, gum boot throwing, ‘bear’ throwing, a log train,stepping logs and more. The playground has been assembled from donated and scrounged materials (see below) and was constructed by many volunteers (see below)over many hours.
The playground has been road-tested by toddlers from Wesburn and is available for group bookings.
Come along and play. Ring and make a booking.
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Lots of thank yous

  • Hugh Kelly: 2 more loads of wood chips
  • Yarra Valley Landscape & Garden: delivering wood chips
  • Judy and her team: moving the chips
  • Dietmar: Sound gallery is looking and sounding even better [tested and approved by gkids]
  • Peter L: for gumboots and tree guards
  • Colin for 3 fabulous tree guards. The 3 flowering gums now have a special space to grow, protected from little feet.

Special thank you for all the kind donations and support

  • Neil Prowse: rocks and tons of patience
  • Robin family: 2 loads of grey box for the timber top walk and mulch
  • Judy and her crew: lifting and more lifting
  • Rob Bast: the carved wise owl over looking the playground
  • Yarra Valley Landscape & Garden: donation sand pit sand & delivering wood chips
  • Hugh Kelly: Wood chips and wood slabs
  • Laurie E: welding and securing items
  • Lee: 2 “little interesting logs”
  • Kemp girls: wheels and gate
  • Bill M: installing the gate
  • Ron A: restoration of tractor seats for the train
  • Keith J: pully for “bear toss’
  • 80 plant tubes Yarra ranges Council
  • Bennett boys: wheels & things for the sound gallery

Upper Yarra Mail, Community Diary Tuesday 16.7.2013

Owl looking over the activity area

Owl looking over the activity area

Lifting the logs one by one

Lifting the logs one by one



Access for All, Upper Yarra Museum

(Click on Gallery for more photographs relating to Access for All)

The aim of UYVHS is to provide access for all visitors to enjoy the Heritage of the Upper Yarra at the Upper Yarra Museum. Currently, many among the disabled, elderly or infirm cannot enjoy the UYM collection because of access shortcomings.

While the restoration of the goods ramp entrance (shown below) is in keeping with the heritage importance of the former railway station, the restored ramp would also provide suitable access for wheel chairs, prams, walkers and the physically disadvantaged as well as a safer and more convenient facility for volunteers for moving and relocating equipment and maintaining the collection.

Ramp access 1910 Yarra Junction

This photo shows the goods ramp (right) C 1910 prior to the relocation of the 1888 station building from Lilydale.

Original ramp access to the ticket office, PRO

A later view of the ramp (Courtesy, Public Records Office) providing access to the ticket office in the relocated station building. With a gradient (and other safety and support additions) in line with modern disabled (and abled ) access regulations, this is the configuration being proposed for restoration.


The platform at the station, the original ticket office entrance, the existing ramp and the platform.

New entrance to the restored ticket office

Ramp access at rear of Station

The platform at the station 3.2013

This series of photos represents:

  • the height of the platform, access to which, opens up most of the collection to be viewed and closer inspection of the heritage and historic buildings;
  • the current volunteer-installed ramp which does not meet modern access requirements;
  • the new and old sets of stairs providing access to the platform (volunteer constructed and funded);
  • Access onto the platform UYM an elderly gentleman being assisted down the front steps by family members.( Note, with the restored ramp, he would have been able to use his walker to reach the platform without risk);

Acess to toilet andcottage from station

The improved (volunteer constructed) gravel access to the railway cottage and ramp access to the single, uni-sex, permanent toilet

Steps and path to platform west

Steps and path to the west end of the platform


The infrastructure works needed prior to the ramp construction itself, include the relocation and reblocking of the two historic buildings (Powelltown Police Station and Yarra Junction lock-up) shown in this view below; clearing the site and removal of filling and two trees; rearrangement of the boundary fencing; relocation of wiring, pipes, etc; building the ramp and the retaining walls; surfacing the ramp and the entrance; installing handrails; and reconstructing the picket fence and gates.

New entrance to the ticket room

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