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Published December 23rd 2018
Melba has returned to Lilydale
The back of the David Wilkinson Pavilion, which on show days houses sheep and goats.
World famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba, who called Lilydale home, has returned in the form of a giant mural. Her image adorns the wall of the Jean Eales Pavilion at the Lilydale Showgrounds in Market Street, Lilydale.
The Lilydale Agricultural and Horticultural Society, in conjunction with Lilydale Police and the Shire of Yarra Ranges Council, recently received a grant from the Department of Justice as part of their graffiti prevention program, which enabled the show society to adorn their buildings with murals.
The large image of Melba is easily recognisable from across the show carpark. The team from "It Stands Out Designs", also applied their artistic talents to other buildings at the showgrounds with murals all depicting some activity of the Lilydale show, both past and present.
The Briggs/McDonald Pavilion depicts some of the events that featured in early shows. Although the woodchop is still a very popular event.