Thursday, July 23, 2015

Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital

The next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society hosts guest speaker Robert Winther OAM, Veteran Liason Officer, Austin Health.  He will speak about the history of the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.  The meeting will be held at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe on Tuesday August 11 at 8 pm.
A history was published in 1994 Proper Care.  To learn more,  visit the Local History collection at Ivanhoe Library
All Welcome.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Victorian Community History Awards

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria have announced that the entries to the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards are now open.
The 2015 Victorian Community History Awards Entry form can be downloaded by holding down the CTRL Key and Left clicking this link:…/VHCA-2015-Entry-Form.pdf
The 2015 Victorian Community History Awards Entry Form includes an explanation of the categories and the conditions of entry. Kindly note that a special ‘Centenary of WW1 Award’ category has been added for 2015, and there is also a new category, ‘History Article’ for essays or articles that have been published in peer reviewed journals.
Note: Entries must be received by Post or hand delivery to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000 by 2pm on Friday 7 August 2015 for the 2015 Awards.

Nillumbik memorials

The Hurstbridge Memorial Park interpretative signage was launched this week by Mr Andrew Giles MP, Federal Member for Scullin with Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor, Cr. Helen Coleman.

The Hurstbridge Avenue of Honour plaque was also dedicated to local soldiers by Cr. Coleman.
Local students from the Hurstbridge Learning co-operative and Hurstbridge Primary School read the poem and story behind “In Flanders Field”.  One student, Mia read out a poem she had written herself “Lest We Forget”.  The audience were told about the recent Anzac Day commemorations at the Primary School which included crafting poppies and planting an Oak Tree – a descendant from a tree at Gallipoli.

The Memorial park was originally developed by the community’s horticultural group and consisted of 50 trees, three of which still remain.  Only 26 names were registered.

Today’s event follows the launch last month of the markers at the historic entrance to the Eltham Gateway and site of the original Avenue of Honour where about 100 trees were planted and cared for by the local community following World War One.

These Anzac Centenary Projects were funded by Federal and State government funds.  It is hoped that these new projects not only honour – but create conversations about –  local WW1 enlistments, and  the communities on the home front and indeed those who worked tirelessly to first build memorials and plant avenues of honour so that Lest we Forget..

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Eltham Commemorative Service

A commemorative service to mark the centenary of the August offensive, that includes the Battles of Lone Pine, The Nek and Hill 60 will be held at the St Margaret’s Church, Pitt Street, Eltham on Saturday 1 August at 2.00pm.
The service will remember the supreme sacrifice of Geoffrey Treacher Grant who was killed in action in the Battle of the Nek on the 7 August 1915.
Geoffrey Grant is one of the enlistees on the Eltham Honour Roll which hangs on the south wall at the back of St Margaret’s Church.
The Montmorency / Eltham RSL will be providing a display of World War One memorabilia. The new renovated church and hall will be open from 1.00 pm. All welcome.
Yarra Plenty Regional Library continues to gather local Anzac stories for publication in 2016. Contact the Local and Family History Librarian for details.