Monday, February 04, 2019

Black Saturday Anniversary

Photo: Matt Dickinson
The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009 and were among Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters. Areas within the City of Whittlesea and Shire of Nillumbik were directly impacted including Kinglake West and Strathewen.
Local historian and photographer Matt Dickinson took a series of photographs immediately following the fires and has donated them to Yarra Plenty Regional Library for public access. 
Following the devastation of the fires Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s own mobile library resumed service to the fire affected Shires of Nillumbik and Whittlesea as soon as the roads were reopened. The mobile library provided a touch of normality for the residents contributing to the initial recovery.
It is now ten years since that fateful day. Gradually items have been added to our local history collections at both Eltham and Mill Park libraries, including other photograph collections.  These items will be held permanently representing a significant event in our local history.
If you are interested in commemorating Black Saturday, Whittlesea Library is running community events in February and March. Find out more.
Nillumbik Shire Council and City of Whittlesea are also hosting several events and services.
To learn more about what happened and to read some personal accounts visit this list:  Black Saturday 

SLV Digital Image Pool

State Library Victoria has launched the first stage of their new digital object management system (DOMS). In this first phase, more than 170,000 non-culturally sensitive, out-of-copyright images in their digital image pool will have new viewers, which will offer:
• a fresh and more intuitive user interface
• a better experience on mobile devices
• advanced zooming and panning
• persistent URLs for easier sharing
• support for IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework), to encourage creative re-use of images.
The new digital image pool will also include maps and architectural drawings. To promote sharing and re-use, it will be limited to include only images that are not culturally sensitive, and are out of copyright.
The Digital Image Pool is great for quick searches for out-of-copyright images that you can re-use. Just remember, to search *all* of the Library's digitised images, and descriptions for your research needs. Head to the SLV catalogue.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Olympic Village Souvenir

Fifty nine years ago this week, Melbourne - and the world was in the grip of Olympic Games fever. Held 22 November to the 8 December 1956, Melbourne hosted the Olympics for the first time. We were very proud of our purpose built Olympic village built to accommodate and feed elite athletes from all over the world.
Heidelberg Mirror was published locally on the eve of the games on the 15th November. The 26 page special edition included feature articles on the Olympic Village, Heidelberg Library and Montsalvat, Eltham, as well as display and classified advertisements for local businesses in the City of Heidelberg and wider area and business' associated with the construction of the Olympic Village in Heidelberg West. 


Did you know that these were the first Olympic Games where lockers were provided for athletes at the various sporting venues?
Did you know that three and half miles of steel shelving was supplied to the Village by Melbourne firm Brownbuilt? Traditional library shelving suppliers.
This special item from our local history collection has been digitised and can be accessed via Yarra Plenty’s Local History Flickr channel.
What are your memories of the Melbourne Olympic Games?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Book review: Digby & Claude


A recent publication out of the National Library of Australia Digby & Claude is written and illustrated by Emma Allen and Hannah Sommerville as a picture book. It touches on a common theme of constant change within the urban environment.

Digby and Claude feel connected to their neighbourhood and community. This is a story about friendship, about imagination and connection to place, but it is also about change. As the Main Street in their town undergoes development, change is also reflected in their own adventures to build a secret hiding place. “Claude agreed that the best places of all are where you belong”. 

Though set in the past, this story remains relevant today. This book can connect readers young and old to the place where they live and what it means to “belong”.