Wednesday, July 25, 2018

600 Stories and growing

Have a piece of cake on us! In celebration of the milestone of 600 stories on Wikinorthia.
In its 10 year history this collaborative project that collects and collates local community stories and photographs has published personal reminiscences, local World War One service profiles and more of life in Melbourne's north both past and present.
The project grew out of a partnership between Darebin Libraries, Moreland Libraries and Yarra Plenty Regional Library, representing Darebin, Moreland, Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea Local Government areas in Melbourne’s north.
The 600th story features the background to an interesting gravestone in Yan Yean Cemetery of one Harriet Wright. - Portrait of Harriet
Other local contributions include
Paper manufacture at Fairfield (in the City of Heidelberg in 1937)
Visitors are encouraged to leave comments on the website.
If you would like to contribute an article to Wikinorthia please contact Yarra Plenty Regional Library's Local History Librarian at

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Poppies for Remembrance

In recent years, members of our community contributed thousands of hand crafted poppies for the Centenary of World War One remembrance 5000 Poppies project.  This project is still going strong with major installations being planned towards the end of the year to acknowledge the end of the War in 1918.
Whittlesea Agricultural Society will be hosting its Whittlesea Agricultural Show 3-4 November.
In recognition of the end of the war, the home crafts pavilion will be decorated with handcrafted poppies.  These can take any form including knitted, crocheted, felted or paper poppies even paper- mache.
The community is invited to contribute to the display.  Please drop off your poppies to Whittlesea Library or direct to the Agricultural Society by Wednesday 31 October.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Invisible Farmer

The Invisible Farmer Project  is the largest study of Australian women on the land.  Initiated by Museums Victoria this three year project (2017-2020) aims to create new histories of rural Australia, reveal the hidden histories of women on the land, learn more about the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in agriculture, stimulate public discussions about contemporary issues facing rural Australia and its future and develop significant public collections that will enable far reaching outcomes in research, industry and practice.
Curators Liza and Catherine will be speaking about the project at Whittlesea Library in August and Eltham Library on 17 October.
Please bring your stories, photos and family heirlooms and share the stories of rural women either in your family history or local community.
Listen to some of the stories gathered on ABC Open and be inspired with stories from Yarra Plenty Regional Library's collection:  Invisible Farmer

Monday, April 23, 2018

National Archaeology Week – Shared heritage in Mernda

National Archaeology Week takes place in late May and the Victorian celebrations will be launched at the City of Whittlesea on 21 May.  Below is a program of events for 21 May and 26 May when there will be talks about Shared Heritage in Mernda.  In addition, a curated display of artefacts, photos and interpretive panels from the Level Crossing Removal Authority-funded 2017 Old Bridge Inn excavations will be on view until 29 June in the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre during business hours.

Shared Heritage in Mernda
The City of Whittlesea, in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Authority Victoria, Heritage Victoria and archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates, is hosting public archaeology events including lectures and an exhibition focusing on the pre-contact and historical cultural heritage of the Mernda area, north of Melbourne in Victoria, during National Archaeology Week 2018.
A five week exhibition of excavated material, heritage interpretation panels, maps and photographs will provide information about the excavation of the very early 1841 Bridge Inn Hotel on the banks of the Plenty River, which also revealed intriguing evidence of Aboriginal and European settler contact. Excavation of the Old Bridge Inn site, funded by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, is the first ever ‘offset’ project in Victoria by a public authority.
Special event details are below, and all are taking place at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang:
Victorian Launch of National Archaeology Week
10-11am, Monday 21 May 2018
The launch will include two public lectures by archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates:
  • The Archaeology of the Old Bridge Inn – Dr Michelle Negus Cleary.
  • Historical Survey of the South Morang to Mernda Heritage Railway Line – Jasmine Scibilia.
Family Open Day - Meet the Archaeologists!
10am-2pm, Saturday 26 May 2018
The open day will include public talks between 11am and 12 noon:
  • Bottles, Bullets and Teacups: Artefacts from the Old Bridge Inn – Bronwyn Wolf and Dr Michelle Negus Cleary from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates.
  • Recent Archaeological Projects in Plenty Gorge Park – Jeremy Smith, Principal Archeologist, Heritage Victoria.
After the talks, the archaeologists will be available to chat for the rest of the day.
Location: City of Whittlesea Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
For a full program of events across Victoria go to Archaeology Week