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Dame Nellie Melba Mural at Jean Eales Pavilion, Lilydale Showgrounds

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
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.

portrait of Melba
A very recognisable image of Dame Nellie Melba.

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.

Green building
The Briggs/McDonald Pavilion depicts some of the events that featured in early shows. Although the woodchop is still a very popular event.

Lilydale show sign
The sign adorning the wall of the show office

The Lilydale Show which is held on the third weekend every November recently celebrated its 65th anniversary.

The Chook Shed
The blue building is the Chandler Pavilion also depicting some of the past agricultural aspects of the show

Dame Nellie was born in Melbourne (Richmond) in 1861 and died in Sydney in 1931. She is buried in Lilydale Cemetery, which was her dying wish.

A panaramic view of the murals on the show pavilions

Opposite the showgrounds is Melba Park, named in her honour in the 1920s, a family-friendly park, and a peaceful place to ponder Lilydale's most prominent citizen.
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