Local History Blog

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 »


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 »

Local Anzac Stories

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:31

To acknowledge the Anzac centenary Yarra Plenty Regional Library will gather and publish local World War One Stories telling the stories of our men and women from Whittlesea, Nillumbik and Banyule who served in any capacity in World War One. Do you have a story to tell? Have you researched a local story? We are looking for stories about local people, including local soldiers who . . . more »

Have you discovered Trove?

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:11

If you are new to local and family history – it is your “must know” resource focusing on Australia and Australians. Trove is a free search engine managed by the National Library of Australia (NLA). Trove searches the print catalogues of libraries around Australia but also sound and music files, digitised newspaper collections, pictures including contemporary and historical images, maps and archived websites, diaries, letters . . . more »

Exhibition recalls the Shire and City of Heidelberg

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:52

When the new brick court house in Jika Street, Heidelberg opened its doors in 1901, the Shire of Heidelberg had existed for 30 years. The Shire progressed so remarkably over the next 30 years that it was conferred with the status of a City. The old court house is now the Museum of the Heidelberg Historical Society, which is currently featuring an exhibition celebrating the . . . more »

Lochaber Farm

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 15:35

Lochaber cottage was home to two generations of the Smith Family, located at the present address of 45 harvest Home Road, Epping. Two of the twelve Smith children are pictured here with their father in front of their bluestone farmhouse in c.1918. “Mr Robert Smith (pictured at right) spent his lifetime in this and surrounding districts, and has always been an inspiration to his friends . . . more »

Call for Toorourrong Reservoir stories

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 13:06

A working group has been formed as part of the Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial Group to source photos, information and stories concerning the Toorourrong Reservoir from its inception in the 1860’s to the present day, including the devastating 2009 bushfires. The rotunda at Toorourrong that was situated near the carpark, surprisingly was one of the few structures that survived the bushfire and is to be refurbished . . . more »


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