Dream Retirement' is the title of an exhibition in the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. It showcases recent acquisitions to the museum's collection. Its collection has over 8000 objects and photographs reflecting the stories of the Yarra Ranges.
One of the most eye-catching exhibits is an ornate chair. It is the mayoral chair of the Fern Tree Gully Shire Council which was gazetted in 1889.
In 1863, Swiss born Baron Frederic Guillaume de Pury purchased a property in Coldstream and named it Yeringberg. Six years later, he married Ada Ibbotson and they had two sons. A showcase exhibits a pair of Ada's shoes and hats worn by their son, George, when he attended a school in Switzerland.
In another showcase is a trophy which was to be awarded to the "most graceful girl in callisthenics" at the 1961 Fern Tree Gully Festival. No name has been inscribed on it. The bell is from the Mooroolbark Primary School from the 1930s. It was rung to herald the start of school lessons, lunchtime and recesses. Also in the cabinet is a glass bowl from the 1930s and a book on how to throw a boomerang.
No mention of Lilydale would be complete without mention of Dame Nellie Melba. A showcase has a fan which Melba gave to a pianist and singer Emmy Smith-Palmer after she accompanied her on a European tour in 1906.
The red waistcoat belonged to Bill Broadway, a drummer with the local band, "Bluebirds Five," in the early 1960s. In a display opposite this exhibition, musical instruments from the band are displayed.