Yarra Plenty Regional Library services the outer municipalities of Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule in the north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This blog promoting local history in our community has been operating since 2006 and is managed by the Local and Family History Librarian.
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
Nillumbik Historical Society have been updating and re-publishing a number of publications that local historian Jock Ryan first compiled in the early 2000's. These titles include a chronology of the area's history, a history of the Hurstbridge railway line, especially related to the extension from Eltham to Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge, the story of early pioneers William and Nathaniel Ellis, a history of historical hotels in the Diamond Creek area and the history of the Diamond Creek Gold mine. These titles are now available in the Local history collection at Diamond Valley Library. They are also available for purchase through the Society. The five titles are $10 each or $12 posted.
Australians recognise 25 April as a day of national remembrance. It is a time when we reflect on the many different meanings of war. Yarra Plenty Regional Library is acknowledging Anzac Day through a series of exhibitions and presentations. Throughout April, Eltham Library are featuring objects from the memorabilia collection of the Eltham Montmorency RSL sub branch. Watsonia Library has a small display with a nod to the great work our community has done in contributing to the 5000 Poppies Project.
Whittlesea Library will be hosting Vietnam Veterans and members of the Whittlesea RSL sub branch as they share stories of their experience 50 years ago. Join them on Monday 16 April at 2.00 pm. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Peter Gurney will discuss the Origins of the Dawn Service and the importance of this annual tradition of remembering all wars at Eltham Library on Thursday 19 April at 7.00pm. Local and Family History researchers can receive tips on researching Anzacs on Trove at Mill Park Library, Friday 20 April at 10 am. Dr Janine Rizetti, from Heidelberg Historical Society will discuss the 1917 Conscription Campaign through the eyes of local City of Banyule residents at Rosanna Library on Tuesday 24 April at 2.00 pm.
As we settle into the Commonwealth Games, this #ThrowbackThursday we reflect back to the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games. Local athletes were represented and they were acknowledged by Diamond Valley Shire President Peter Cleeland, here presenting engraved silver letter openers created by Eltham silversmith Michael Wilson. Medal winners from left are Remo Sansonetti, Greensborough, silver medal for the 100 k time trial for cycling. Noel Ryan, Bundoora, gold medal for centre fire pistol teams event and a silver medal fire pistol individual event. Michael Cowen, Diamond Creek, silver medal in the archery event which extended over several days.