Knox Historical Society Inc., Melbourne

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Knox Historical Society Inc., Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Ambleside Park Museum, Melbourne
  • Ambleside Park Homestead Museum and Resource Centre, Melbourne


  • Community

Contact area


Management committee of the Knox Historical Society Inc.



Street address

1-3 Olivebank Road, Ferntree Gully
Postal address: PO Box 8124, Ferntree Gully, Vic 3156





Country name

Postal code



03 9758 6722 (answering machine)



Description area


The Shire of Knox Historical Society was established in 1965. It:

  • Compiles and maintains historical records of the Knox District and displays historical artefacts and photographs
  • Provides and disseminates information to students, researchers and the community and publishes material
  • Participates in local community celebrations and organises meetings
  • Works in conjunction with other historical societies and museums

The Society runs the Ambleside Park Museum, a local history museum housed in a century old farmhouse, with displays and a large photographic collection. For further information, see
Note that the Resource Centre is closed until further notice, see

Geographical and cultural context

The City of Knox is a local government area in Victoria, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with an agricultural history.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Management committee of the Knox Historical Society Inc.

Records management and collecting policies

The history of the district, which includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Knox Gardens, Lysterfield, Rowville, Scoresby, Studfield, The Basin, Upper Ferntree Gully, Wantirna and Wantirna South. This includes the Knox municipality (1963-1969), the former Shire of Ferntree Gully (1889-1963), the former Scoresby Riding of the Berwick Shire (1863-1889) and pre local government times in the above areas.



  • Rate records for Scoresby Riding, Berwick Shire, 1875-1888 and for Ferntree Gully Shire, 1892-1926
  • Ferntree Gully Shire Council Minutes, 1929-1959
  • Photographs: over 6,000 local photographs and 20,000 local school photographs
  • Land records: 1860s-1960s for most properties in Knox
  • St Bartholomews' Church of England Registers, 1878-1920
  • Genealogy records and family trees for significant pioneers
  • Local newspapers (various periods - hard copy and on film/fiche), including: Oakleigh and Ferntree Gully Times, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, Ferntree Gully Times, Free Press, Knox News, Knox and Sherbrooke Post, Knox Leader, and Knox Journal

Finding aids, guides and publications

The Knox Pioneer Index is a computer database containing information about pioneer families in the Shire of Ferntree Gully. Searches for family history information on the Knox Pioneer Index will be made for a small fee. Additional information about Ferntree Gully Shire pioneer families is always welcome. Contact the Knox Historical Society Inc for further information.

Access area

Opening times

The Ambleside Park Museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays 1-4pm and at other times by appointment.
A limited research service is available at the Museum on Sundays, 1-4pm.

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

The Knox Historical Society Inc. offers a research service for people interested in local history.
The Resource Centre is closed until further notice. However, research queries can be made:

  • at the Ambleside Park Museum; or
  • via email to; or
  • by phone 03 9758 6722.

For a fee, the research team will search the collection. To use the service, please download the Research Request Form (pdf) at

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 10 February 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

1-3 Olivebank Road, Ferntree Gully Postal address: PO Box 8124, Ferntree Gully, Vic 3156
Melbourne, Victoria 3156