Local History Blog

Local Anzac Stories

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:31

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 »

About Walter Withers

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:02

Art Historian Andrew Mackenzie OAM will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society to commemorate the death, at Eltham in October 1914 of Walter Withers, the well-known Heidelberg School artist. Andrew is a recognised expert on the life and paintings of Walter Withers having studied his work for over 30 years. He will show photographs of Withers sketches of . . . more »

Have you discovered Trove?

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:11

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 - 15:52

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 »

Heidelberg's favouite music teacher

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:55

Mr Renn Wortley, a long-time member of the Heidelberg Historical Society, will be the guest speaker at next month's Heidelberg Historical Society Meeting. His talk is on: MADAME MARY CONLY: A Brilliant Australian Soprano in Edwardian England Fitzroy-born soprano Mary Conly arrived virtually unknown in London in 1902, aged 27. Within a year she was well on the way to widespread recognition as a first . . . more »

Celebrate your Trove stories

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:04

August is family history month and if you are a family historian, Trove wants to celebrate your stories in the Trove blog. Share your favourite Trove discovery about your family, the best Trove tip you have for a budding family historian, or any thoughts you have about how Trove has changed the way you research. Feel free to include a photo of yourself or of . . . more »

Montmorency - the farm on the Plenty

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 16:32

Why is there a windmill in Were Street? Who were the first people on the land? Where was the original homestead? Where did Sherbourne Road get its name? Greensborough and Eltham became towns in the 19th century but it was not until the 20th century that Montmorency began to take on the characteristics we now associate with the area. Maureen Jones has a special interest . . . more »

Lochaber Farm

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 14:35

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 »

Victorian Community History Awards

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:18

The 2014 Victorian Community History Awards organised by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria are now open. Entry is open to all Australian residents but works must substantially relate to the history of Victoria. Works may take on several formats, including printed, multimedia, walks etc but must be of a historical nature. Family histories are generally not included unless they contain substantial content relevant to . . . more »

Call for Toorourrong Reservoir stories

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:06

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 - 13:58

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 - 15:20

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 »


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