Category Archives: history

Fashion Forecasts for the Stars – exclusive for Fern Tree Gully News

Picture theatres were all the rage in the Hills during the 1920s. It’s not surprising, then, that the Fern Tree Gully News of 1929 was talking about film stars and the fashions that they wore. You may recall in our … Continue reading

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Renewing the Hut Gallery

After seventy-five years, the hessian-covered old Canite board that comprised the inner walls of the Hut Gallery, the home of the Ferntree Gully Arts Society, have been pulled down and sent to their fate at the local tip. In ‘normal’ … Continue reading

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Puffing Billy – a heritage line

Every time Puffing Billy steams its way through the hills to the delight of its passengers, it’s their heritage that they are experiencing. It’s their heritage that brings them pleasure, understanding and knowledge. There’s tradition turning in those wheels, sounding … Continue reading

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Acknowledgement is the key

On 6 May Knox City Council provided an Aboriginal Cultural Competency community training session via Zoom. The presenter was Bernadette Atkinson from the Koorie Heritage Trust who grew up in Knox but her parents and some family members have since … Continue reading

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Blind Creek reimagined

Blind Creek Trail has long been a favourite walk for many in Knox, and thanks to a recent rejuvenation project, now it’s even better. For years we have wandered the trail wondering what it would like to have water in … Continue reading

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All aboard a Puffing Billy virtual tour

1st – 30th –  Puffing Billy Virtual Tours When: Every Friday during the month of May Time: From 2pm Where: Puffing Billy Facebook page Cost: Free! Puffing Billy is inviting the community behind-the-scenes through a series of free virtual tours! … Continue reading

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Forty years in Ferntree Gully – Knox Festival 2020

This year – the best yet! An estimated 20,000 people enjoyed the Knox Festival over the weekend 0f 29th February – 1st March. The organisers were thrilled to receive consistently positive feedback from all involved on all elements of the … Continue reading

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Ferntree Gully News… in 1929!

Reading the news by the light of a hurricane lamp A gem of Ranges history has come to the office of Ferntree Gully News. A faded and tattered broadsheet, it is Volume 6, No. 603 of Fern Tree Gully News, … Continue reading

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Puffing Billy – Slow and steady wins the race after 23 years

Puffing Billy celebrates the launch of the restored Garratt locomotive, which arrived on Australian shores from South Africa in 1996. With a dedicated team of volunteers on board, the Garratt celebrated with an inaugural trip to Menzies Creek. Serendipity, as … Continue reading

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Honouring Ferntree Gully Cemetery volunteers

From its earliest days Ferntree Gully has benefited from the long-standing service of committed volunteers. The Australia Day Awards honour these contributions every year. Late last year a special volunteer contribution was recognised by Knox City Council. This was the … Continue reading

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