Local History Blog

New titles in Local History

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:20

Beyond Black Saturday 2009 - 2012 Samuel and Sarah Smith, Their Descendants and Connections to Other Families Buried in Queenstown Cemetery A History of Saint Margaret’s Church Eltham: Volume one The Foundation Years beginnings to 1888 by Geoff Sandy (loan copy available) Beyond Black Saturday 2009 - 2012 Paradise Lost (loan copies available) Kinglake (loan copy available) . . . more »

Cemeteries talk

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 - 13:57

Cemeteries Whittlesea Historical Society Inc. wishes to invite you to a talk by Cemeteries Historian Dr Celestina Sagazio Her talk is entitled: “Interesting Cemetery Tales and Humorous Epitaphs.” “Cemeteries offer a sense of continuity with our past communities and landscapes. They contain an historical record of the local communities that created them and headstones, which can have fascinating historical facts!” . . . more »

Babes in the Bush: the making of an Australian image

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:45

Dr Kim Torney will be the guest speaker at April's Heidelberg Historical Society Meeting. Her book examines the ways in which the compelling image of a child lost in the Australian bush became absorbed into the developing colonial culture of European settlers. It is an image which still resonates today and, along with bush fires and floods, is one of the few experiences contemporary Australians . . . more »

What’s APPening with local history

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:23

There are hundreds of thousands of apps now available for your smart phone or tablet. There are many genealogy related ones designed to assist the recording and researching of your family history but if you have an interest in local history there are some worth exploring too. Inside History regularly review apps and have a section on their website Although there are none (that I . . . more »

Book Launch St Margaret's Eltham

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 23:38

Book Launch of A History of Saint Margaret’s Church Eltham Volume 1 – Beginnings to 1888 by Dr. Geoffrey A Sandy Sunday February 23 2014 - 3 pm. The 1861 church and 1870 Parsonage are heritage listed. The church has been a significant in Eltham’s history. Bishop James Grant, Patron of the Anglican Historical Society and Jim Connor President of the Eltham District Historical Society . . . more »

Victorian Collections updated

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 13:27

The new Victorian Collections website was quietly re-launched in January Community collections across Victoria - who together have added more than 20,000 objects and 250 collection descriptions contribute to the new website. It is now simpler and more visually attractive placing emphasis on the collections. Local groups who have contributed include Greensborough Historical Society . . . more »

Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 18:40

Applications are now open for the Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund. On Friday 22 November 2013 the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy MP announced a new grants program, the Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund. The Victorian Government has provided funding for 2013-2015 of up to $2.7 million for grants which will be delivered by Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund (VHRF). In support . . . more »


Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:42

Kinglake Historical Society has recently published Kinglake: a collected history of the Kinglake District 1861- 2011. A copy can be accessed in the local history collection at Mill Park Library. If you wish to purchase a copy contact the Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House. The book brings together a summary of over 150 years of Kinglake history. It traces the development of the days prior to . . . more »

Flinders Street Railway Station

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 14:47

Jenny Davies is the next guest speaker for the Heidelberg Historical Society's next meeting. Tuesday December 10, 2013 at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe at 8 pm. Her talk is Our Station: Flinders Street. Jenny will speak about the diversity of the tenants of Flinders Street Station and their histories. The Railway Commissioners of the late 1890s clearly stated that Melburnians needed . . . more »

November is Local History Month

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 14:33

Local History month is well underway at your library this month. Ever wondered about the history of your neighbourhood or that old house in your street? Ever wondered about the history of the families buried in the local cemetery. Perhaps you've always yearned to create a garden that works with the architectural style of your home. Discover these things and more at events at the . . . more »

Whittlesea Tapestry of history

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 13:32

The 2013 Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program continues in November with the Whittlesea Historical Society presenting "Whittlese's Tapestry of History" event on Wednesday 13 November at the Civic Centre, Sth Morang. Learn about the colourful past of objects in the Society's collection. Find out: how the township of Whittlesea got its name Why there is an antique clock residing in the Whittlesea Post Office What was . . . more »

Darebin Heritage

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:35

Darebin Libraries recently re launched their local history portal – Darebin Heritage. The new fresh and clean look site has a host of resources available. It is fully searchable. The library has always played a proactive role in telling the local history stories of its community through its range of publications in particular. This has been important as there are no local history groups active . . . more »