Thursday, November 09, 2017

New titles for Eltham Local History


Two new additions to the local history collection at Eltham Library includes A history of Saint Margaret's Church Eltham: Volume 2 The Transition years 1889 to 1945.  This completes the three volume history by Dr Geoffrey Sandy.
From about the turn of the century until the end of WW2 the Church of England in Eltham, along with the wider society, was transformed. The wider society was transformed under the impact of a crippling economic depression and two devastating world wars. The emergence of the welfare state and greater equalitarianism were two major transformative events. The church too was impacted by these world events especially WW1. During this period the Eltham church was transformed for a somewhat reformed worship and theologicial view to one which was increasingly catholic. It is also a period where Saint Margaret's was constrained in its ministry and mission by a lack of resources. However, it was well served by a number of exemplary vicars and laypersons. This story is related in Volume 2. It is a mixture of success and disappointment. It is also a story of perserverance and faithfulness to the Gospel. However, by the mid-1940s Saint Margaret's had become a small and lifeless parish. Its future was not assured. Volume 2 also relates a summary history of other faith communities which have a shared history with Saint Margaret's. These include the Church of the Transfiguration Research, Saint Mathews's Panton Hill and Saint Faith's Montmorency.
Our Eltham Artistic Reflections celebrates the life of the Eltham Shire and its Pioneers since the opening of the cemetery 150 years ago. The collection uses visual narratives from our past, environment and community, and is part of a vision by the Eltham Cemetery Trust to offer a fresh and unique relationship to the Cemetery.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Greensborough Historical Society Open Day and Book Launch


Members of the community are invited to the Greensborough Historical Society's Heritage Day 2017 to be held Saturday 28th October.  This will include a walk through the Yandell Reserve at 1.00pm to be followed by the launch of their latest book: "Do you Recall?" at 2.00pm at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough.  Enjoy afternoon tea following the formalities.

This new book is a second volume to the hugely successful As I recall featuring 26 stories of life in the Greensborough District over the years which was published in 2013.
All welcome.
Further details at: Greensborough Historical Society.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Local History Month

Loyola, Watsonia
Yarra Plenty Regional Library celebrates ten years of Local History month programming in 2017.   Through our collections and programs we aim to educate, inspire and connect the community with its history.
This October explore the rich history of your local community through an extended number of tours and walks which will provide the opportunity to explore our local neighbourhoods.
The Centre, Ivanhoe
Meet local historians with a passion to share the stories of our local community from Mernda to the Yarra River.   Enjoy displays and a special book launch.
Highlights include:
Changing Face of Rosanna exhibition through out October – Rosanna Library
Local History Bingo – Eltham Library Tues 3 October 7.00pm – 8.00pm
History of Watsonia  - Watsonia Library Wed 4 October 11.00am – 12noon
Migration stories from Banyule (Book Launch) – Watsonia Library Saturday 7 October 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Ivanhoe Heritage Walk – Ivanhoe Library Thursday 12 October 10.30am – 12.30pm (Bookings required)
Springthorpe LaTrobe History Project – Mill Park Library Mon 16 October 1.00pm – 3.00 pm
A trip down the Yarra – Watsonia 17 October 10.30am – 11.30am
Passengers on the David Clark Eltham Library Tues 17 October 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Trove Tips – Mill Park Library Friday 20 October 11.00am – 12 noon
Australian Indian History – Diamond Valley Library Wed 25 October 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Murder at the Mountain Rush – Whittlesea Library Sat 21 October 11.00am – 12.00 noon
Lalor Living History Walk - Lalor Library Saturday 28 October 11.00am - 12.00 noon
Thomas Family of Mernda – Whittlesea Library Monday 30 October 11.30am – 12.30pm
History of Banyule – Rosanna Library Tuesday 31 October 11.00am – 12noon

And more.. Check out what is happening at your local library.



Imagine the Yarra

Canoeing on the Yarra at Warrandyte: Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection
These school holidays families have the opportunity to drop into Eltham or Watsonia Libraries to share your stories and experiences of the Yarra River through a selection of drop in activities.
  • Make a short video on your device, then tag and share via Imagine the Yarra
  • Write a letter addressed to the Yarra River about your river story
  • Draw a picture of the Yarra River in the future
  • Write a letter to people who use the Yarra, from the perspective of the river
  • Engage in a giant collaborative Yarra River mural
  • Take part in a water testing activity with water from the Yarra
  • Write a short story about your past, present and future Yarra River experience
Help inform Melbourne Water's new Strategic Plan for the Yarra River.  For more information visit  Imagine the Yarra
Eltham Library Wednesday 4th October  10am – 12:30pm
Watsonia Library Wednesday 4th October 2:30pm – 4.30pm