Local History Blog

150 years of Ellis Cottage

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:55

Nillumbik Historical Society are celebrating 150 years of Ellis Cottage, Diamond Creek on Sunday 22 March 2015 1pm to 4pm A Guest speaker at 2PM is Associate Professor Don Garden President of the RHSV on “Melbourne 150 years” Afternoon tea will be provided Ellis Cottage is at 10 Nillumbik Square Diamond Creek There is off street car parking by entering Memory Lane from Main-Hurstbridge Road, . . . more »

Eltham District Historical Society online

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:18

The Eltham District Historical Society have announced the launch of their new online presence; spearheaded with a major upgrade to their website and a new domain name URL, www.elthamhistory.org.au. It is a refreshing modern update with newly added material and featured content and now easier to navigate. The site also has the ability to easily share content via social media connectivity buttons, as well as . . . more »

Ivanhoe Grammar School - A Passion to serve

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 15:45

A Passion to Serve Ivanhoe Grammar is celebrating its centenary in 2015. Learn more about what they have planned to celebrate at Ivanhoe 100 In time for the celebration a lovely new book has been published and is now available for loan or access in Ivanhoe Library’s Local History collection this month. A Passion to Serve by Helen Penrose brings together one hundred years of local education. It is . . . more »

Eltham Pioneers Collection

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 14:54

Eltham District Historical Society kicks off its 2015 program of events on Wednesday 11 February highlighting photos from the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection. This collection of over 400 photos in total includes a large geographic area extending from Kinglake to Lower Plenty. It is hoped that interested audience members will share their own memories, recollections and further insight about the photos that will . . . more »

Local Historians acclaimed

Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:05

Foundation Member and Newsletter Editor of Heidelberg Historical Society John Adams is retiring from his position as editor after compiling 285 The Heidelberg Historian editions over the past 48 years. Heidelberg Historical Society Secretary Janine Rizetti was acknowledged by Jenny Macklin MP at the recent Australia Day community awards. Helen Kenny of St Andrews Historical Society has been awarded a Medal of the Order of . . . more »

Darebin Bridge House Art Community

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:44

Lina Bryans Heidelberg Historical Society recommences its speaker program in 2015 in February with Gillian Forwood, art historian. Her talk will focus on Lina Bryans and the Darebin Bridge House Art Community. Lina Bryans became an artist in the 1930s, a time when Melbourne artsists were drawn in to the battlelines around issues of modernism. Lina contributed to Australian culture on many fronts and went on to . . . more »

Yallambie

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 09:44

Yallambie is one of 21 suburbs in the City of Banyule and is perhaps best known for the Australian Radiation Laboratory in Lower Plenty Road. It takes its name from "Yallambee Park", the estate of John and Robert Bakewell from 1840. The area has transitioned geographically from being located on the edge of the former City of Heidelberg to currently being almost the geographic centre . . . more »

Sad demise to Heidelberg RSL

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:15

The Heidelberg Leader recently reported that the Heidelberg RSL sub branch building has been demolished. The local club was founded in 1919 by World War One veterans. A report in The Age last yearacknowledged that the Club was no longer financially stable, partly due to the financial commitment of maintaining pokies and that its work in looking after the welfare of ex-soldiers was "done". Soon . . . more »

Local History Month

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 16:09

November was Local History month. Seventeen events took place across the region. Highlights and popular events included Stories form Mont Park at Rosanna Library, the first City of Whittlesea tour with twenty participants in partnership with the City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program at Mill Park Library and a WW1 military memorabilia display and associated talk Boots and all at Eltham Library. Items included a . . . more »

Poppies Displays

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 16:04

As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be “planting” a field of more than 66,000 poppies in Federation Square Melbourne as a visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. YPRL was the first Victorian public library to register every library as a collection point in March . . . more »

New Titles for local history

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:07

We Need A School at Research The following new titles have been added to the local history collection at Eltham Library. Loan copies are also available. Nillumbik Tales Voices of Our Elders - Published by the Shire of Nillumbik this is a unique collection of stories celebrating the cultural diversity and history of the local community. A wide array of local contributors focus on topics such as gardens, schools, characters, organisations, . . . more »

Whittlesea Courthouse 150th

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:14

The Whittlesea Courthouse celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2014. Built in 1864, the Courthouse is one of the oldest functional buildings in the municipality. Operating as a Court of Petty sessions until 1989, it was later restored and reopened to the public in 1996. The site features a single-cell lockup, which was built in 1859 to serve the Yan Yean area. The Courthouse played an . . . more »

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