On the morning of Monday, June 27, 2016, there was a fire at the Moonee Ponds Courthouse. The Courthouse is the headquarters and museum of the Essendon Historical Society. The fire was caused by a faulty light transformer in one of the wall lights in the south-east corner of the main Courtroom. The fire left the main courtroom without a roof ravaged the period woodwork, including ceiling and original courthouse fittings & features, and destroyed a number of irreplaceable items from the EHS Collection. The bulk of the Collection was fortunately spared from the worst by being stored in other rooms that suffered minimal fire damage.