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the Battery, Woolshed & the historic Yarrambat Primary School classroom,  view historical videos and interviews, historical documents, vintage machinery, engines & displays and see the gold mine batteryin operation.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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Local Anzac Stories

To acknowledge the Anzac centenary  Yarra Plenty Regional Library will gather and publish local World War One Stories telling the stories of our men and women from WhittleseaNillumbik and Banyule who served in any capacity in World War One.
Do you have a story to tell?  Have you researched a local story?  We are looking for stories about local people, including local soldiers who did not return, local soldiers who did return, including those who returned and settled locally, the community push for war memorials and avenues of honour, home front stories, as well as copies of letters, postcards and photos  and any other related stories. 
Attend a writers’ workshop
Busybird Publishing, 2/118 Para Road, Montmorency Saturday 25 October 12 noon – 3.00 pm.
Bookings and information: Liz localhistorygene@yprl.vic.gov.au

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

About Walter Withers

Art Historian Andrew Mackenzie OAM will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society to commemorate the death, at Eltham in October 1914 of Walter Withers, the well-known Heidelberg School artist. 
Andrew is a recognised expert on the life and paintings of Walter Withers having studied his work for over 30 years.  He will show photographs of Withers sketches of Eltham and memorabilia from the Withers collection including recently discovered photographs.
Eltham District Historical Society will meet on Wednesday 10th September at 8.00 pm at the Eltham Senior Citizen's centre, Library Place, Eltham.
Photo: Walter Withers from the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection.