Friday, February 27, 2015

Ivanhoe Grammar School - A Passion to serve

Ivanhoe Grammar is celebrating its centenary in 2015. Learn more about what they have planned to celebrate at  Ivanhoe 100 

In time for the celebration a lovely new book has been published and is now available for loan or access in Ivanhoe Library’s Local History collection this month.  A Passion to Serve: 100 years of Ivanhoe Grammar School by Helen Penrose brings together one hundred years of local education.  It is will described on the back cover: “Service, citizenship and leadership are central to the story of this school that was born of a passion to serve the people of Ivanhoe in 1915.  These values, and the school’s church foundations, became deeply embedded in the small boys’ school by its many long serving headmasters, teachers and supporters.  As the school faced the challenges of limited finance, wartime and competition from other schools, it drew from these strengths to embrace curriculum innovation, a new campus at Mernda, coeducation and internationalism.  Richly illustrated, this book explores the school’s aims, achievements and challenges during its first century”.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Eltham Pioneers Collection

Photo: SEPP_0049 Loading fruit for market, Kinglake (Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection)
Eltham District Historical Society kicks off its 2015 program of events on Wednesday 11 February highlighting photos from the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection.  This collection of over 400 photos in total includes a large geographic area extending from Kinglake to Lower Plenty.
It is hoped that interested audience members will share their own memories, recollections and further insight about the photos that will be shown.  All welcome.
EDHS meets at the Eltham Senior Citizen’s Centre, Library Place, Eltham.  Wednesday 11 February at 7.30 pm.

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.