Local History Blog

Donnybrook Cemetery Tour

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 15:12

Enjoy an informative walk and talk on a tour of this ten acre rural cemetery led by cemetery historian David Weatherill on Saturday October 25 as part of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria's History Week and the City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program. This pioneer cemetery was established in 1857 and is still open to burials. Learn the stories of pioneers past . . . more »

Eltham Mud Brick Tour

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 - 09:36

The annual Eltham Mudbrick Tour held each October is on again for 2014. This project raises funding for the Eltham High School Music program. This year’s tour will include Alistair Knox’s own home in King Street, and the home of Tim and Betty Burstall which was built not long after WW2. It also includes another couple of mudbrick homes in the vicinity of the Burstalls’ . . . more »

Yarrambat Heritage Museum Open Day

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:16

Join the Yarrambat Historical Society this weekend for their annual open day at the Heritage Museum, Yarrambat Park, Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat, Sunday October 5th 11.00 am - 3.00pm. Inspect the Battery, Woolshed & the historic Yarrambat Primary School classroom, view historical videos and interviews, historical documents, vintage machinery, engines & displays and see the gold mine battery in operation. Photo : Yarra Plenty Regional . . . more »

Whittlesea Courthouse 150th

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

The Whittlesea Courthouse celebrates its 150th anniversary as part of the 2014 City of Whittlesea Cultural heritage Program. 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 . . . 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 »

About Walter Withers

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 13:02

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 - 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 »

Heidelberg's favouite music teacher

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:55

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 - 16:04

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 - 17:32

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 - 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 »


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