Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Visit the Local History Collections

Each municipality has a local history collection for its region. Visit the Banyule collection at Ivanhoe library. This is situated in the local history and family history room on the second level.

Whittlesea's collection is at Mill Park library in the J.W. Payne room named after a local historian and author.

Nillumbik has two collections at its branches at Diamond Valley and Eltham libraries.

What do local history collections have that might help you with your research? Resources vary from one collection to another and a first port of call is the online catalogue. Collections may consist of local newspapers, including newspapers on microfilm, local council minutes, local histories, limited publication family histories and personal reminiscences, information on local schools including in some cases, school annuals, Cemetery records or transcriptions, Photographs, and more.

Items in the collection can only be accessed in the library. Please ask library staff for assistance.

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