Ercildoune was built on the corner of Napier and Hyde St in 1876 for the National Bank of Australasia. It has been owned by the Footscray Historical Society Inc since 1970 when some very forward thinking founders secured it as headquarters for the Society.
The Footscray Historical Society Inc., formerly the City of Footscray Historical Society, was formed at a public meeting in 1968. Since then the society has worked tirelessly on a number of local fronts to record and preserve the history of the area. It actively collects, preserves and researches the history of the suburbs within the City of Maribyrnong. These are Braybrook, Footscray, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Seddon, West Footscray, Tottenham, and Yarraville.
The Society has an active membership who take part in a range of activities to assist this endeavour. Members of the Society are engaged in an on-going program to catalogue a variety of records of local and family interest. Records such as rare book, business records and correspondence are held at the Society’s headquarters at Ercildoune.
The Society also publishes original research on the history of Footscray and has recently produced a part of the photographic collection on CD Rom. Images of the West showcasing photographs, sketches and etchings from this collection.
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