Toolangi-Castella District Community House

Toolangi-Castella District Community House

Toolangi-Castella District Community House by Margaret O’Connell   Strengthening our community through opportunity, diversity and connection – Vision Statement 2019–2022 In 1995, under the auspices of the Kinglake District Neighbourhood House (KDNH), a local...
Toolangi Church History

Toolangi Church History

Toolangi Church History by Joanne Priestley by Joanne Priestley  Church services were held in the public hall/State School from as early as 1896 with the Pastor, Reverend E.S. Chase, incumbent of St Johns Healesville, hoping for more success in 1897 than the previous...
The Railway Line That Never Was

The Railway Line That Never Was

The Railway Line That Never Was by David Pockett by David Pockett   Well over 100 years ago, the local Toolangi and Castella community was pressuring hard for a railway, primarily to service the timber industry. Local agitation began in 1890, following which the Yea...
Post Offices & Stores

Post Offices & Stores

Post Offices & Stores by Joanne Priestley by Joanne Priestley  Post offices were an integral part of early communities. Mail would be conveyed to the post office in a loose bag and then sorted by the postmaster or postmistress and held until collection. Like...
Maternal & Child Health Centre

Maternal & Child Health Centre

Maternal & Child Health Centre by Joanne Priestley by Joanne Priestley  In 1914, 2835 babies died before their first birthday in Victoria.[i] A committee of medical practitioners recommended that baby clinics be established in Victoria in 1916. But it was Dr...