Thursday, April 07, 2011

Historical Images

There are over 1, 300 photos available to view via our website.

Photos can be accessed by using the keyword “images” in the search box or by choosing the option “online images” as the format in advanced search. The individual image will load in a separate window, when the link is clicked.

Each image can be searched by title and subject as well as place subfield “picture” eg. Ivanhoe picture

For example if someone is looking for information on Montsalvat, the search will result in images and books.

I encourage users to tag and add comments as they would for other items including books in our catalogue.

These images are comprised from a number of collections.

We have digitised collections only from the Heidelberg Historical Society and the Nillumbik Historical Society, that is we do not hold the hard copies.

Hard copy collections are held at Diamond Valley, Eltham and Mill Park.

Diamond Valley

Some 10 albums were recently rehoused and digitised thanks to grant funding received in 2009. The photos focus on the former Shire of Diamond Valley with many photographs of Diamond Creek and Greensborough in the early 1980s.


Eltham’s large collection of black and white historical photos were collected prior to the publication of “Pioneers & Painters” by the former Shire of Eltham. Not all of these have been digitised, nor are they all on the catalogue. There is a physical listing with subject list which can be consulted in the library.

Mill Park

The Whittlesea Historical Society initially donated a number of photographs arranged in albums by location when the local history collection was first set up at Lalor Library.

Known as the Bicentennial collection, the folders cover

Donnybrook/Kal Kallo, Epping, Kinglake/Glenvale/Humevale, Lalor, Mernda, Mill Park/Janefield / Bundoora, South Morang, Strathewen / Arthur’s Creek, Thomastown, Whittlesea (township), Wollert, Yan Yean.

Further images were collected for a project in 2001 celebrating the Centenary of Federation.

Other photos are gradually being added to the collections.

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