Monday, October 15, 2018

Merri Creek Oral History Project

The Merri Creek flows through Melbourne's northern suburbs through the Cities of Moreland, Whittlesea and Darebin.   The Friends of Merri Creek (Inc.) is a community group working to support the creek since 1988. They are represented on the Merri Creek Management Committee along with council representatives and organise regular clean-ups and activities.
Des and Ruth Shiel are members of the Friends group and between 2012 and 2014 they undertook the Merri Creek Oral History Project, interviewing residents who have lived on the Creek before 1970. The transcriptions of nine of these interviews together with some photographs have recently been added to Wikinorthia. The site publishes personal reminiscences and more reflecting life in Melbourne's north. Leave a comment and add your own memories. 
Residents often grew up near the creek and tell stories of a wild inaccessible waterway, pretty much ignored by everybody including the local council.  But it was a place to play and explore, catch eels or see snakes and frogs:
"..We spent our life down the Creek.  Some of the more vivid things would be finding places where we made our cubby houses, we would go out and do things like camping or parasailing, or what we called parasailing.  What looked like huge cliffs back then, were only about two or three meters high, we would be throwing ropes up, pretending we were climbing over it and doing silly things like that.  Huge areas of box thorn, we would cut out tunnels and an opening in the middle that were like super cubby houses.  We would catch  yabbies,  couple of guys liked to get down there yabbying.  All sorts of mischief.  I have a scar on my hand from grabbing some corrugated iron, I was sliding down the hill on some corrugated iron, stuff like that.  Riding bikes along the paths, always down there on a bike as well..." - Georgio De Nola
Interviews can be accessed by searching the tag "merri creek oral history project".  Leave a comment and add your own memories.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Local History Month 2018

Travel back in time this October as Yarra Plenty Regional Library's Local History Month program takes place.  From walks and talks, to tours and displays, there are discoveries to be had as you connect with the local history in your community.
Nillumbik Historical Society will have a display at Diamond Valley Library and Eltham District Historical Society will have a display at Eltham Library later in the month.
Staff are Whittlesea Library staff are keen to interview locals with a story to tell as they launch their Whittlesea Storiesproject on Friday 5 October.  Nillumbik Historical Society will present a talk on the History of Diamond Creek at Diamond Valley on Monday 8 October.  Dr Annette Shiel will about the history of Miss Show Girl at Whittlesea Library on Monday 15 October.
Enjoy a slide show of photos about and from Watsonia as we gear up for our 30th birthday celebrations next month.  Do you have photos you would like to share?
Curators Liza and Catherine will discuss the Invisible Farmer Project at Eltham Library on Wednesday 17 October.
Please book for the Thomastown Trek  .
The Eltham Heritage Walk does not require bookings.

We are pleased to have partnered with Eltham District Historical Society, Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, Nillumbik Historical Society, Eltham Little Theartre, Royal Agricultural Society, Museums Australia (Victoria), Friends of Westgarthtown and others to present the 2018 program.
See what else is happening for Local History month at YPRL
Test your local history knowledge on our fun quiz. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ziebell's Farmhouse, Westgarthown

Ziebell's Farmhouse.  Photo: Friends of Westgarthtown
Congratulations to the Friends of Westgarthtown who have successfully completed the Museum Accreditation Program. They were awarded their certificate at the recent Museums Australia (Victoria) awards night held 29 August. This has been a long committed process by this voluntary organisation to meet the recognised museum standards. They are the only accredited museum in the City of Whittlesea.  Westgarthtown is an historic dairy farming settlement established in 1850 by German and Wendish immigrants. Although now located within the residential suburbs of Thomastown and Lalor  many of Westgarthtown's outstanding bluestone heritage buildings and structures still survive.
Members of the community will get a chance to visit Ziebell's Farmhouse during the upcoming Thomastown Trek event as part of YPRL's Local History Month program in October.  Please book.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Local History Projects want your vote

[Patients from Block 10, 16 A.G.H. (Mont Park). Possibly a member of staff standing behind chair, circa 1918] Alice Broadhurst Collection Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Pick My Project is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area. Now it’s time to vote! Pick your three favourite project ideas in your local community and help make them a reality. The following projects with a local history theme are worthy of your consideration:
Walking Tour and History about Mont Park and Larundel - Implement a history trail with downloadable maps and interpretative signage

Improvement of Greensborough memorial part for future generations - pathway between wood statues, lighting and learning
Diamond Hills Lookout - Multipurpose viewing pavilion for the local community.
Garden at the Blacksmith's Tree - a place of peace and reflection to remember Black Saturday
A New laughing Waters - Bring the Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence Program back to life!
Establishment of Farm Vigano Cultural and Community Office - Renovate Caretaker's house to become a Cultural and Community Centre
(Kinglake) Heritage Centre  - Creating a Heritage Centre to showcase the areas history
There are other terrific community projects that deserve your vote.  If you know of any other local history related projects not mentioned here, please leave a comment.
Please vote by 17 September.