Monday, August 22, 2016

Mont Park Hospital

Patients playing cards, 16th Australian General Hospital, Mont Park ca 1918 (Alice E. Broadhurst Collection, Yarra Plenty Regional Library)
A collection of unique photos are now in the local history collection here at YPRL.  The Alice Elizabeth Broadhurst collection includes over 255 photos from about 1918-1920 depicting the 16th Australian General Hospital, Mont Park (Macleod West, now part of LaTrobe University and the Springthorpe Community). The albums were compiled and owned by Australian Red Cross nurse, Alice Elizabeth Broadhurst (1896-1981), probably while working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Many of the photos depict her time there, including nursing staff, patients, buildings, group gatherings, a visit by General Birdwood and the end of the service of the hospital as a military hospital in 1920 when the last military patients left. In addition the albums include photos of her childhood home in Western Australia, her parents' home "Heatherleigh" in Tunstall and hospitals she later worked at in Melbourne and Bendigo.
Photos have been digitised and can be accessed at Yarra Plenty Local History Flickr and via Trove Pictures.
To learn more about the military hospital at Mont Park access this list via Trove .

Fine Spirit and Pluck

Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s Fine Spirit and Pluck was launched on August 6 along with the formal opening of the Writing the War exhibition (currently open till Monday August 29).
Copies are now available for loan and will also be available as an e-book in coming weeks.
Launched by Dr Janet Butler, she said: “ It is the particular skills of the family and local historian – and their many hours of detective work – that were required to recover the stories behind the names: to call them from the shadows, as Mick Woiwod has written, in his own account of the Harris family of St Andrews. Their work has made the names on honour rolls and monuments across the shires flesh and blood, and given back their stories to the communities from which they came.
Reclaiming the forgotten is a theme of many of the stories, including the moving ‘For Henry’ by Jenny Meekins. Here she writes about the Eltham soldier she thinks of on Anzac Day at dawn: her great-great uncle, who served on Gallipoli and died at Pozières. Once little known, she writes, ‘He is as real to me now as anyone I know’.
But the stories in Fine Spirit and Pluck, with their focus on a local area at war, as well as those in the exhibition, do more than this. They uncover the different stories of our nation’s experience of war, which have been cast into shadow, until recently, by the legend of the frontline Anzac soldier.”
We have gathered stories from the municipalities of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea in Melbourne's north– stories that help us connect us to our past and offer a sense of place in the community in which we live, and which exemplify the fine spirit and pluck exhibited by every Australian. It is a poignant collection of snapshots into the past, an anthology that commemorates the Australian spirit and which is sure to touch every reader.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program

The City of Whittlesea's award winning Cultural Heritage Program has returned in 2016 with a variety of activities and events to enjoy throughout the year.  Choose from a wide selection of workshops, presentations and performances; guided walks and tours; community and cultural celebrations; screenings and open days.  City of Whittlesea libraries located at Whittlesea, Lalor, Mill Park and Thomastown are associated with over 19 events in the program. Pick up a free copy of the program at any of these libraries or view the events on the City of Whittlesea website.