33-61 Edinburgh Road, Lilydale, 3140, Australia
Edinburgh College






60 years of service


of Edinburgh College

WJ Gilson, the foundation principal of Lilydale Adventist Academy, first suggested the need for a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school on the eastern seaboard of Australia in the early 1940's. However, it was not until the late 1950's that the project gained momentum.

A suitable 48-acre property in the Lilydale area was found, originally part of the Mitchell estate and built by Dame Nellie Melba's sister. The property included a caretaker's cottage surrounded by green lawns, which remains a prominent feature of the College campus.

Construction of Lilydale Adventist Academy's facilities began in 1963, led by builder Mr. Crabb and his team, ensuring completion for the start of the 1964 school year. Initially, administrative offices, classrooms, and a boy's dormitory were operational, with additional staff homes constructed by Mr. Stoneman and Mr. Epps. The girl's dormitory followed, ready for the 1966 school year. Subsequent projects included a cafeteria, student chapel, Art and Technology facility, Science facility, assembly hall, and gymnasium.

Recent developments have seen the addition of Edinburgh Adventist Primary School in 2000 and the Edinburgh Early Learning Centre in 2006, providing education from 2-year-olds to Year 12. Ongoing enhancements include refurbished Science Labs and Art and Technology facilities, conversion of the girl’s Dormitory into a new Languages Centre, and a modern Library Resource Centre.

Moreover, recent upgrades include restructuring Year 1, Year 2, Year 5, and Year 6 buildings to accommodate two streams of classes each. Future plans encompass expanding parking spaces, creating new ovals, updating the secondary gymnasium, establishing a new Year 12 hub, and more improvements over the coming years.