Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Local Historians acclaimed

Foundation Member and Newsletter Editor of Heidelberg Historical Society John Adams is retiring from his position as editor after compiling 285 The Heidelberg Historian  editions over the past 48 years.
Heidelberg Historical Society Secretary Janine Rizetti was acknowledged by Jenny Macklin MP at the recent Australia Day community awards.
Helen Kenny of St Andrews Historical Society has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service with the St Andrews Fire Brigade,Nillumbik Group fire brigades and historical groups.   

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Darebin Bridge House Art Community

Heidelberg Historical Society recommences its speaker program in 2015 in February with Gillian Forwood, art historian.
Her talk will focus on Lina Bryans and the Darebin Bridge House Art Community.
Lina Bryans became an artist in the 1930s, a time when Melbourne artsists were drawn in to the battlelines around issues of modernism.
Lina contributed to Australian culture on many fronts and went on to beome the centre of an artists' house at the Darebin Bridge House, in the 1940s.  Residents included the charismatic Scotsman William Frater, the retiring Muss Ada May Plante and the secretive Ian Fearweather.  Visitors to the house included the Meanjon set; novelist Jean Campbell and early broadcaster Adrian Lawlor.  Lina's parties at the house were legendary.
Lina Bryans captivated many who knew her and her portraits can be found in every state art gallery in Australia.
Lina Bryans & the Darebin Bridge House Art Community
Tuesday 10 February 2015,
Uniting Church Community Centre,
Seddon Street,
8 pm.  All Welcome.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Yallambie is one 21 suburbs in the City of Banyule and is perhaps best known for The Australian Radiation Laboratory in Lower Plenty Road. It takes its name from "Yallambie Park", the estate of John and Robert Bakewell from 1840. Th area has transitioned from being located on the edge of the former City of Heidelberg to currently being almost the geographic centre of the City of Banyule. A local resident maintains the blog Yallambie: telling tales of life in the suburb, its history, homes and hyperbole in order to bring the area's history to its residents and a wider audience.
The blog is a rich source of history and anecdotes and recommended to anyone with an historical interest in the City of Banyule.
Photo source: Yallambie

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sad demise to Heidelberg RSL

The Heidelberg Leader recently reported that the Heidelberg RSL sub branch building has been demolished.  The local club was founded in 1919 by World War One veterans.  A report in The Age last year acknowledged that the Club was no longer financially stable, partly due to the financial commitment of maintaining pokies and that its work in looking after the welfare of ex-soldiers was "done".  Soon after this announcement an online petition was established to save the Club but this was apparently unsuccessful.
The demise is particularly poignant as the Anzac centenary is being acknowledged and we approach the centenary of the Gallipoli landings this April.