Monday, October 09, 2017

Greensborough Historical Society Open Day and Book Launch


Members of the community are invited to the Greensborough Historical Society's Heritage Day 2017 to be held Saturday 28th October.  This will include a walk through the Yandell Reserve at 1.00pm to be followed by the launch of their latest book: "Do you Recall?" at 2.00pm at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough.  Enjoy afternoon tea following the formalities.

This new book is a second volume to the hugely successful As I recall featuring 26 stories of life in the Greensborough District over the years which was published in 2013.
All welcome.
Further details at: Greensborough Historical Society.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Local History Month

Loyola, Watsonia
Yarra Plenty Regional Library celebrates ten years of Local History month programming in 2017.   Through our collections and programs we aim to educate, inspire and connect the community with its history.
This October explore the rich history of your local community through an extended number of tours and walks which will provide the opportunity to explore our local neighbourhoods.
The Centre, Ivanhoe
Meet local historians with a passion to share the stories of our local community from Mernda to the Yarra River.   Enjoy displays and a special book launch.
Highlights include:
Changing Face of Rosanna exhibition through out October – Rosanna Library
Local History Bingo – Eltham Library Tues 3 October 7.00pm – 8.00pm
History of Watsonia  - Watsonia Library Wed 4 October 11.00am – 12noon
Migration stories from Banyule (Book Launch) – Watsonia Library Saturday 7 October 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Ivanhoe Heritage Walk – Ivanhoe Library Thursday 12 October 10.30am – 12.30pm (Bookings required)
Springthorpe LaTrobe History Project – Mill Park Library Mon 16 October 1.00pm – 3.00 pm
A trip down the Yarra – Watsonia 17 October 10.30am – 11.30am
Passengers on the David Clark Eltham Library Tues 17 October 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Trove Tips – Mill Park Library Friday 20 October 11.00am – 12 noon
Australian Indian History – Diamond Valley Library Wed 25 October 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Murder at the Mountain Rush – Whittlesea Library Sat 21 October 11.00am – 12.00 noon
Lalor Living History Walk - Lalor Library Saturday 28 October 11.00am - 12.00 noon
Thomas Family of Mernda – Whittlesea Library Monday 30 October 11.30am – 12.30pm
History of Banyule – Rosanna Library Tuesday 31 October 11.00am – 12noon

And more.. Check out what is happening at your local library.



Imagine the Yarra

Canoeing on the Yarra at Warrandyte: Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection
These school holidays families have the opportunity to drop into Eltham or Watsonia Libraries to share your stories and experiences of the Yarra River through a selection of drop in activities.
  • Make a short video on your device, then tag and share via Imagine the Yarra
  • Write a letter addressed to the Yarra River about your river story
  • Draw a picture of the Yarra River in the future
  • Write a letter to people who use the Yarra, from the perspective of the river
  • Engage in a giant collaborative Yarra River mural
  • Take part in a water testing activity with water from the Yarra
  • Write a short story about your past, present and future Yarra River experience
Help inform Melbourne Water's new Strategic Plan for the Yarra River.  For more information visit  Imagine the Yarra
Eltham Library Wednesday 4th October  10am – 12:30pm
Watsonia Library Wednesday 4th October 2:30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Launch: Migration stories from Banyule

MIGRATION-Stories from Banyule reveals fourteen personal journeys of migration by and about people originally from the Aeolian islands, England, the Greek islands, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Poland who came to Australia by ship, disembarked at Port Melbourne, and now call Australia Home. 
Watsonia Library is pleased to host the launch of this publication as part of Yarra Plenty Regional Library's Local History Month program on Saturday 7 October 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
This publication can be viewed as a vessel for transporting previously untold, unwritten and unheard family journeys. And while a great deal remains to be told, each story is significant, not simply because some of the Memory Keepers started life as young immigrants who experienced long, perilous and circuitous sea journeys before reaching Australia; or whose mother tongue belonged to ‘a language other than English’; whose parents would have been regarded ‘working class’; and who in a single generation, broke barriers of adversity and flourished as highly respected members of the community, as artists, politicians, business operators, volunteers and thinkers. But essentially because each family narrative found between the pages of Migration- Stories from Banyule introduces us to each other, reveals the story behind the story of who we are, where we came from, and why we call Australia home.