Wednesday, July 26, 2017

History of Women in Local Government

The next talk of the Heidelberg Historical Society will be presented by Helen D. Harris. The Right to Vote; the right to stand: The involvement of women in local government in Victoria will focus on the history of local government women voters and pioneer Councillors including Nellie Ibbott who was the first woman in Victoria to become mayor of a local government municipality – the City of Heidelberg.
Helen D. Harris OAM, is a professional genealogist, historian and author. Helen is the Executive Officer and Archivist of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and has recently published a book to celebrate the centenary of women being allowed to run for municipal office.

The meeting will be held Tuesday 8 August 2017 at 8pm at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe. All welcome

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Housing game - Jon Faine broadcasts live from Mernda

Mernda from the Hills, view from the Popple Farm "Goadby" 1950s
Mornings with Jon Faine will host a special live broadcast this Tuesday (July 18) from Mernda, one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Melbourne. Surrounded by houses, but just a few 100-metres from farmland set to be converted into mini-cities, it’s at the centre of Melbourne's housing conundrum. Plus the Conversation Hour will also be live from Mernda, with a special Forum on housing affordability.
With 5,000 people arriving every week: where do they go? And how do we keep the best of Melbourne so that everyone can enjoy it?
Victorian CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Danni Addison, National Growth Areas Alliance, Ruth Spielman, local member Danielle Green, Villawood Properties executive director Rory Costelloe, local luminaries and special guests will fill a packed program.
Tune in to ABC Radio Melbourne Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July as they put the spotlight on Melbourne Housing Game. On air, online and on News at 7pm.
Broadcasting LIVE
When: Tuesday 18 July, 8.30am – 12noon
Where: The Bakery, Schotters Road, Mernda

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Robert Whatmough: Pioneering Victorian horticulturalist

A new book for the Diamond Valley Library Local History collection has been recently added.  A circulating copy is also available.  Robert Whatmough : Pioneering Victorian horticulturalist by Jacinta Crealy.
In 1824, nine-year-old Robert Whatmough began work at a local cotton mill in his home town of Rochdale, Lancashire, a product of the widespread poverty of his time. In 1887, Robert died in Greensborough, Victoria a wealthy and respected pioneer, whose horticultural achievements were awarded many times over.
A combination of biography and social history, Robert’s story explores the Chartist movement, migration on the troubled ship Georgiana, surviving in the infant town of Melbourne in 1841, working on John Batman’s garden and developing his own prosperous gardens in Greensborough. There are riots, bushrangers, horse racing, the Black Thursday bushfires, the Victorian gold rush, fraud and a life-changing murder.
Robert’s horticultural passion motivated his life. He developed new fruit varieties and participated in many exhibitions. As a committee member of the Horticultural Society of Victoria from 1859 to 1871, Robert worked with his peers to create the Burnley Gardens of Richmond, run local exhibitions and manage the horticultural sections of the enormous intercolonial and international exhibitions which took place during the mid to late 1800s in Melbourne.

Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade

City Skyline from Kangaroo Ground. [ca 1978] Source: Diamond Valley Local History Digitisation Project
2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade.  Community celebrations include an Anniversary Ball and a Community Day at the Kangaroo Ground Oval on Sunday 29th October.
To read more about the history of the Brigade and the upcoming events see this article in the Diamond Valley Leader.