Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Springthorpe and La Trobe Local History Project

Patients playing cards, 16th Australian General Hospital, Mont Park. Alice Broadhurst Collection. Yarra Plenty Regional Library
The Springthorpe and La Trobe Local History Project is underway.  This collaboration between Springthorpe, La Trobe University and Darebin Council will examine: Local indigenous history, European settlers, Landscape design and horticultural history (including the work of Hugh Linaker), Hospital and psychiatric care history (Mont Park and Larundel), Key individuals such as Dr. John Springthorpe and Dr Ernest Jones, Architectural and heritage-listed buildings history, Hospital links to World War One returned soldiers and other miltary history, natural, botanical and ecological history (including the wildlife reserves) and history of the Springthorpe estate.
The materials and information gathered will be stored and accessible on a web portal.

Walter Burley Griffin Lecture

Ivanhoe. Walter Burley Griffin House. 21 Glenard Drive.
Source: J.T. Collins Collection, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.  

Heidelberg Historical Society member Steven Barlow grew up in the shadow of the Essendon City Council's incinerator, one of a dozen curious such buildings designed by Walter Burley Griffin.  He has maintained a life long interest in the Griffins and in architectural history.
Steven will give an illustrated talk on the breadth of the work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, including that in Heidelberg, and the influences on their remarkable lives and beliefs at the upcoming meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society, 13 December 2016 at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Ivanhoe.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Elliston Estate Rosanna

Old Bent Tree, Former Rosanna Golf Course. Now removed. Date unknown. Heidelberg Historical Society in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library.
Streets Of Your Town is a new two-part series focusing on the aesthetics and modernist architecture of Australia’s suburbs. It starts Tuesday 8 November 8.30pm on ABC TV. The Elliston Estate in Rosanna features.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Victorian Community History Awards 2016

The 2016 Awards ceremony was held during History Week on Monday October 17 at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.  They are presented by Public Records Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Established in 1998, the Victorian Community History Awards are held in celebration of activity undertaken to explore and preserve the State's history. The range of awards categories acknowledge that history can be told in many and varied formats with the aim of teaching and enriching all Victorians.
The Victorian Community History Award recognises the most outstanding community history project and was awarded to Pam Baragwanath and Ken James for These Walls Speak Volumes. This was a collaborative project with many public libraries (including YPRL) and historical societies providing content.

We were pleased to see a number of local projects nominated for the awards, one of which was successful in its category:
Cultural Diversity Award: Wadaddi Nabadda Paths to Peace
Other local nominations included:
Multimedia Award: Westgarthtown and WW1
Historical Interpretation Award: Laughing Waters Road (shortlisted)
Montmorency by Maureen Jones