Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Poems from Strathewen Bushfire

Source: Matt Dickinson Collection, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

The Black Saturday bushfires of Satruday 7 February 2009 impacted our local area, in particular the City of Whittlesea and Shire of Nillumbik.  In the aftermath, a local photographer took some photographs which were donated to Yarra Plenty Regional Library last year.  They have since been added to our YPRL Local History Flickr account.  Poems from the Strathewen bushfire were posted to blackened trees during these days.


In the Oct 2014 Google Street View image, a number of poems are still visible pinned to this tree.
Source: Matt Dickinson Collection, Yarra Plenty Regional Library


There’s a summer bush requim
So silent it chills
It’s drifting on ashes
Through Strathewen Hills
There’s no song at “Singing Waters”
Just an ashen lament
And trees that stood straight
Are now blackened and bent
Strathewen history
Is clouding the air
With soft powdery ash
And a wail of despair
There are spaces without traces
Of neighbours and friends
We are missing their faces
Coming around the road bends
We’re sooty and smudged
And waiting for rain
As homeward we trudge
We’re nursing our pain
Our life’s black and white
No colour between
Just some sepia tree tops
To colour the scene
We’re drawn back to the place
We want to remain
We’re holding our friends
We’re sharing the strain
  • Barbara Joyce
In the Valley of the Ewen
We are happy and free
With Sugarloaf Mountain
You and Me
There’s no place
I’d rather be
Than Strathewen
  • Bill Scott
Harder are the tears
Sadder is the pain
Inner is the heartbreak
Loving is our gain
Tomorrow is for memories
Yesterday is all gone
But somewhere in these ashes
We can together write our song
  • Anon
It’s not so much what we do in life
But more important, what we became
While we are doing it
Strengthened we will become great
My thoughts are with you all
Love Marion Oakley
People are like stained glass windows
They sparkle when the sun comes out
But when the darkness sets in
There true beauty is revealed
Only if there is light from within
Strathewen is constantly in my thoughts
  • Marion Oakley
Towards home I look to see something familiar
Searching every horizon Blackened and burnt
I look again, seeing only the burnt backdrop
Our Mountain, Our Statue
Then some how
I feel protected again
In her blackened arms
  • Rosemary Zinni Yung

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Tour of Main Road Eltham 1968

Eltham District Historical Society welcome members and visitors to the first meeting of the year on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 8:00 pm at the Eltham Senior Citizen’s Centre.  The meeting will introduce Historypin.
50 years ago, in February 1968. Big changes to the Eltham township were afoot with the pending duplication of Main Road. A series of approximately 50 photos were taken in February 1968 by an unknown person of the section of Main Road planned for duplication, commencing at Pitt Street and travelling towards Research through the shopping centre, finishing at Elsa Court.
These images now form a showcase collections on Historypin, an online tool which combines with Google Street View to transition between views from ‘Then’ to ‘Now’.  A number of key images will be viewed with the opportunity to provide comments and personal recollections.

Arresting Women

Heidelberg Historical Society presents its first meeting for 2018 with a free talk: "Arresting Women : Celebrating 100 years of women in the Victorian Police" by Colleen Wooley OAM. Tuesday 13 February, 2018  8 pm, at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe.
This talk is based on Colleen Wooley's Arresting Women of the same name published in 2017

Monday, January 29, 2018

Eltham District Historical Society – 2018 Community Group of the Year

Nillumbik Shire Council this week recognised the work of the Eltham District Historical Society by awarding it the 2018 Community Group of the Year.  It was awarded at the Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in Eltham on 26th January 2018.
Eltham District Historical Society President Jim Connor said: ‘I am very pleased to accept this award on behalf of all members, past and present, who have contributed to our historical society, since it was established in 1967. Our society appreciates this recognition, especially as it follows the celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2017. Each of the significant milestones and achievements over the last 50 years have been the result of consistent efforts by dedicated and passionate believers in our local history, intent on encouraging the recognition and preservation of our valuable historical records representing activities and events that have occurred in the Eltham area. Receipt of this award is another page in the history of the Eltham District Historical Society. Stories of history we tell not only shape our past, they shape our future as well.  We look forward to being an active part of Nillumbik’s future.’
Congratulations to Eltham District Historical Society.  Visit it's collection on Victorian Collections