Local History Blog

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 »

Preserving and sharing local history

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 14:58

Local organizations will reap the benefits from successful applications via the Local History Grants Program announced today by the Minister of the Arts Heidi Victoria. Congratulations to Shire of Nillumbik for its Nillumbik Heritage Boioklet update project and the Greensborough Historical Society for the production of a website. Springthorpe Owners Corporation based in Bundoora on the border of Banyule and Darebin has also received successful . . . more »

Nillumbik Council welcomes Veterans Affairs grants

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 16:20

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hon. Damian Drum joined with Mayor, Cr Michael Young, Cr Bronnie Hattam and Cr Meralyn Klein recently at Wingrove Park, Eltham to announce that Council has been awarded two grants. Mr Drum said, “The grant of $11,050 will go towards improving the Eltham Avenue of Honour and installing an interpretative bronze plaque dedicated to those who served in World War 1. . . . more »

New titles in Local History

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 11:20

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 »

Babes in the Bush: the making of an Australian image

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

Dr Kim Torney was a guest speaker this year as part of the Heidelberg Historical Society excellent speakers program. 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 . . . more »

What’s APPening with local history

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:23

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 »

Victorian Collections updated

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 14:27

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 »

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