Thursday, October 16, 2014

Donnybrook Cemetery Tour

Enjoy an informative walk and talk on a tour of this ten acre rural cemetery led by cemetery historian David Weatherill on Saturday October 25 as part of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria's History Week and the City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program.
This pioneer cemetery was established in 1857 and is still open to burials.  Learn the stories of pioneers past while enjoying the Spring colour of wildflowers common in the cemetery at this time of year.  People with family history related connections welcome to come along and share their stories. Meet at the Malcolm Street, Donnybrook Cemetery at 2.00 pm

Monday, October 06, 2014

Eltham mudbrick tour

The annual Eltham Mudbrick Tour held  each October is on again for 2014.  This project raises funding for the Eltham High School Music program.
This year’s tour will include Alistair Knox’s own home in King Street, and the home of Tim and Betty Burstall which was built not long after WW2. It also includes another couple of mudbrick homes in the vicinity of the Burstalls’ home that were built around the same time. One of them belongs to writer Morag Fraser and philosopher Frank Jackson. This one has an extraordinary extension designed by Macgregor Knox.
Sunday 19th October 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
A regular shuttle service will operate from Montsalvat 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham throughout the day.
Find the Eltham Mudbrick Tour on Facebook
Tickets are available via Trybooking
Please note this is not a library event.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yarrambat Heritage Museum Open Day

Join the Yarrambat Historical Society this weekend for their annual open day at the Heritage Museum, Yarrambat Park, Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat, Sunday October 5th 11.00 am - 3.00pm.
Inspect the Battery, Woolshed & the historic Yarrambat Primary School classroom,  view historical videos and interviews, historical documents, vintage machinery, engines & displays and see the gold mine batteryin operation.
Photo: Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Diamond Valley Local History Digitisation Project 1979

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Whittlesea Courthouse 150th

The Whittlesea Courthouse celebrates its 150th anniversary as part of the 2014 City of Whittlesea Cultural heritage Program.  Built in 1864, the Courthouse is one of the oldest functional buildings in the municipality.  Operating as a Court of Petty sessions until 1989, it was later restored and reopened to the public in 1996.  The site features a single-cell lockup, which was built in 1859 to serve the Yan Yean area.
The Courthouse played an important role in the daily life and development of the district.  Apart from court proceedings, meetings of the Whittlesea Roads Board were held here, and in 1875 hosted a meeting of the newly established Whittlesea Shire Council.
The Courthouse located on the corner of Church and Beech Streets, Whittlesea now houses the Visitor Information Centre where it provides local arts and crafts for sale. Historical and visitor information is also available. The courthouse is surrounded by picnic facilities within its scenic surroundings.

The Courthouse Association will be celebrating the 150th milestone through a series of events and activities including historical re-enactments, displays,  coach rides and walking tours over a three week period from Saturday September 27 – Sunday 19 October.

Source: Cultural Heritage Program 2014
Photo: Whittlesea Courthouse ca 2000. Yarra Plenty Regional Library collection