History of The Church at Lyonville
The Church, like the hamlet of Lyonville, is steeped in history. The first building to occupy this site was a small chapel, constructed in 1883, some 20 years after Lyonville was founded, to serve the residents of the small timber milling community. The current church was built in 1927 after the chapel, which had occupied the site for 44 years, was destroyed by fire. Despite the town’s modest resources, local residents gathered together and, within six weeks of the blaze, had re-built the country church with greater proportions and grander features. The Church was officially blessed by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Daniel Mannix, in a ceremony in June 1927. The Church was deconsecrated in the 1950s after which it was transferred into private ownership. It was then extended and converted into a unique dwelling in the early 2000s.
The Church extensively features in the local history “Charlie’s book: The life and times of a country town”, a copy of which can be found in the sitting room. This chronicles Lyonville’s history from a bustling country town supplying timber to support the gold rush to the quiet hamlet you find today. The remains of the original brick chimney stack from Charlie’s home are still visible near the south west boundary of Fleurs de Lyonville. You can find this if you turn right on Bremner’s Avenue and walk along the modern fence line of Fleurs de Lyonville towards the Wombat State Forest. If you follow this path it will lead you onto the Domino Trail (the old Lyonville to Trentham rail line). From there you can either turn right, which takes you back to the Radio Springs Hotel (on a 10-minute walk) or turn left which will take you into Trentham (around 6km distance).