Monday, May 20, 2019

Insanity in Colonial Victoria

Journey back to the world of Melbourne's early lunatic asylums with writer and clinical psychologist, Jill Giese. Heidelberg Historical Society presents The Remarkable Story of Insanity in Colonial Victoria Presented by Jill Giese Winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's History Award for her book The Maddest Place on Earth.

These asylums were overflowing with patients as Victoria grappled with the highest rate of insanity in the world. The prosperous young colony embarked on a grand asylum project to cure mental illness with an enlightened treatment.
Jill will share this intriguing slice of our colonial history through the eyes of patients, the ambitious doctor in charge, and an undercover journalist who wrote an extraordinary exposé of asylum life from the inside in 1876.
Tuesday 11 June 2019
Uniting Church Community Centre,
Seddon Street, Ivanhoe at 8pm.
All welcome

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

YPRL is on Wikipedia


Did you know that Wikipedia’s online encyclopaedia is represented in 287 languages and contains more than 30 million articles? Volunteers from around the world contribute content or create new entries on a wide range of topics via continuous crowdsourcing. It is one of the most popular sites on the internet. Wikipedia can be considered a search engine its own right because of the immense breadth of subject matter it contains.
We are happy to launch the updated Yarra Plenty Regional Library article on Wikipedia today as Wikicommons also launches its #1lib1ref South campaign encouraging Librarians to add citations to Wikipedia.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

SLV Digital Image Pool

Matcham Skipper, Montsalvat, Eltham
Date(s): 1943/1998
Creator: Tucker, Albert, 1914-1999 
Copyright status: No copyright restrictions apply.
State Library Victoria
Earlier this year State Library Victoria 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 the digital image pool have new viewers, which 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 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.
To find other images and collections digitised by State Library Victoria, visit their catalogue 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Westgarthtown Settler Stories


Discover the stories of early Lutheran settlers buried in heritage listed Westgarthtown Cemetery on an exclusive tour this Sunday 28th April as part of the City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program.  Retrace the lives of the City of Whittlesea's earliest pioneers at the original homestead Ziebell's Farmhouse Museum and enjoy afternoon tea in the heritage gardens. Learn more