The courthouse is the headquarters of Essendon Historical Society.
Fire severely damaged the old Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum on the morning of Monday, 27th June, 2016. The cause was a faulty light transformer. Fortunately, the contents of the locked rooms around the main court chamber were not damaged and most of the EHS collection, as well as all the computers and scanners, were safe.
However, the slate roof and the mediaeval-style timber ceiling and windows in the main chamber were lost along with the period woodwork courtroom fittings and a number of irreplaceable items which were part of the EHS collection.
At the time of the fire, it immediately became apparent that many people in the local and wider community loved the building and were devastated by the fire incident. They expressed their feelings and support for EHS in many ways and provided the strength and impetus for EHS to tackle the daunting task of restoration. Thanks to Community support and a Living Heritage Grant Program of the Victorian State Government. Restoration work commenced in 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in 2019.