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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Melbourne Maps

The University of Melbourne have added new digitised maps to their online map collection.  In addition to their Melway Street directories series, maps from the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works has been added.  Recent coverage includes the suburbs and towns of Whittlesea, Heidelberg, Wollert, Mill Park, South Morang and Epping.  You can view a zoomable image in JPG format as well as download a larger file.
These maps are the most recent addition to the MMBW collection held by the University which covers a wide area of Melbourne of 34 maps for 1960-61 and 56 maps covering the 1970s and others covering 1894 to 1950.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Remembering Black Saturday

Fire damage, Toorourrong Reservoir Park; Wednesday, 11 March, 2009   Source: Matt Dickinson Collection, Yarra Plenty Regional Library
"From Whittlesea, we saw this monstrous cloud covering right across and extremely high over Mt Disappointment. But never realised, never for an instance, thought the fire was racing at high speed across the mountain, totally concealed by this mount of dense smoke cloud..."
So wrote Matt days after Black Saturday in February 2009.
Recently Matt donated copies of over 200 photos he took in the area in the following days and weeks. These have been added to the YPRL Local History Flickr account together with his account on Wikinorthia.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Corner Store

The Corner Store is becoming a thing of the past, but memories from residents of Eltham will be invoked with a painting recently hung at Eltham Library.  The Corner Store by Ted Dalton was painted in oil about 1980 and has been identified as  the view of the old Burgoyne store looking south-east across Main Road, Eltham near the intersection with Bridge Street.
The late Ted Dalton was a member of the Diamond Valley Arts Society.  His profile on their website can be read here.
The painting is located on the south wall of the library and together with the local history collection will help to connect our residents to the history of Eltham Township.
The Library thanks Mrs Dalton for the donation of the painting and Eltham District Historical Society in facilitating this.