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.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Have you discovered Trove?

If you are new to local and family history – it is your “must know” resource focusing on Australia and Australians. Trove is a free search engine managed by the National Library of Australia (NLA).  Trove searches the print catalogues of libraries around Australia but also sound and music files, digitised newspaper collections, pictures including contemporary and historical images, maps and archived websites, diaries, letters and archives, people and organisations and lists created by Trove users.
The Books category pulls in results of your search from the collections of 761 libraries.  These include the National Library, State Libraries, public, school, museum and special libraries.  Use the Advanced Search function to choose your library of choice.
NLA encourages people to register to use the site. You can then personalise your searches by selecting your local library.
Archived Websites includes the Pandora archive which NLA has been building since 1996.  Many of the significant sites such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games website are no longer available on the web. Other archived sites include “First Families 2001” which began life as a user-contributed database of a record of the first member of a given family to have arrived in Australia. 
In the Pictures, photos, objects category - search photographs, negatives, artworks, drawings, posters, postcards and other pictures, as well as physical objects such as puzzles, instruments and clothing. This category also includes contemporary and historical images contributed by the community via the photo sharing website Flickr.
The music, sound and video category includes records of the Hazel de berg oral history collection at NLA. Hazel was an Australian pioneer of the oral history interview recording many people in the arts community such as authors and painters.
A search in the maps category also includes links to digisited maps.
Journals, articles and data sets – includes a gateway to current Australian research.  Publications ranging from theses, to journal articles, public policy documents, and large health and ecological studies are often available for immediate download. Most of Australia’s research institutions including universities, the CSIRO, government and private research institutes, industry bodies, and some Australian peer-reviewed journals are Trove contributors.
Love craft and cookery, enjoy the Royal Family? The Australian Women’s Weekly is there from its inception in 1933 through to 1982. Browse its covers.
The digitized Australian historic newspapers are an essential tool for Australian family history research. The service offers fully indexed and digitized newspapers for all capital cities and many regional and smaller country newspapers.  At the time of writing there were 712 titles included on the service.  New South Wales and Victoria have the most titles contributed, with a concentration of the date range 1914 -1918.
Local papers include:
As a registered user, creating tags and lists make it easy to find your references again. Visit and re-visit as the site is constantly growing.  So what are you waiting for? Search your topic, place or person at Trove  today.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Exhibition recalls the Shire and City of Heidleberg

Photo: Newly opened Courthouse with lead light windows 1900 Heiidelberg Historical Society in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library


When the new brick court house in Jika Street, Heidelberg opened its doors in 1901, the Shire of Heidelberg had existed for 30 years. The Shire progressed so remarkably over the next 30 years that it was conferred with the status of a City.
The old court house is now the Museum of the Heidelberg HistoricalSociety, which is currently featuring an exhibition celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the proclamation of the City of Heidelberg.
Proclaimed in 1934, the City of Heidelberg had its beginnings in 1840 in the formation of the Heidelberg Road Trust. It was the first municipality to be formed in the Port Phillip District which was then still part of the Colony of New South Wales. A decade later the Colony of Victoria was gazetted and, in 1860, the Heidelberg Road District was proclaimed, taking over from the Trust. The Shire of Heidelberg came into existence in 1871.
Heidelberg Historical Society’s exhibition, ”Heidelberg District: Shire to City – 1871 to 1934  focuses on the civic development of the Shire of Heidelberg from the 1870s through to its proclamation as a City in 1934. This is revealed through photographs, subdivision plans, objects and other material sourced mainly from the Society’s collections.
The exhibition is on until 7 December 2014.

Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is located in the old court house, Jika Street, Heidelberg near the Burgundy Street shopping area. The exhibition is open to the public on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm, or by appointment for groups of 10 or more persons. Admission is $5 per person (aged over 16 years).