Monday, March 17, 2014

Cemeteries talk

Whittlesea Historical Society Inc.  wishes to invite you to a talk by
CemeteriesCemeteries Historian Dr Celestina Sagazio
Her talk is entitled:
“Interesting Cemetery Tales and Humorous Epitaphs.”
“Cemeteries offer a sense of continuity with our past communities and landscapes. They contain an historical record of the local communities that created them and headstones, which can have fascinating historical facts!”
This talk will be held on
Wednesday Evening, 9 April 2014
At 7.30 pm, in the Fountain Room,
The Council Offices
City of Whittlesea
Ferres Boulavard
South Morang
Entry is Free.     Supper will be served.     
Bookings Essential 
Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, 4 April
Maryann Rosenthal :  Phone 9217 2138 B.H or
Lindsay: Phone 9435 9391, if not available, please leave a message

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Babe in the Bush: the making of an Australian image

Dr Kim Torney will be the guest speaker at April's Heidelberg Historical Society Meeting. Her book examines the ways in which the compelling image of a child lost in the Australian bush became absorbed into the developing colonial culture of European settlers.

It is an image which still resonates today and, along with bush fires and floods, is one of the few experiences contemporary Australians share with their colonial past. In her quest to understand the development of the image, Kim explores the domestic lives of Australian settlers, changing societal attitudes towards childhood and children, as well as the often- fraught relationship between Aborigines and Europeans. She will also discuss some specific links between Heidelberg and the image of children lost in the bush.

Dr Torney wull speak at the Tuesday April 8 meeting at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street Ivanhoe at 8pm.  All welcome.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What’s APPening with local history

There are hundreds of thousands of apps now available for your smart phone or tablet.  There are many genealogy related ones designed to assist the recording and researching of your family history but if you have an interest in local history there are some worth exploring too.
Inside History regularly review apps and have a section on their website 
Although there are none (that I know of) which pertain particularly to our region the following apps may be of interest:
Although popular with family history researchers,  BillionGraves would be one among these of special interest also to local historians .  HistoryPin based out of the UK is growing to be a worldwide resource for historical photographs in conjunction with its website.   Most of the world’s major art galleries and museums all have apps for their collections now.
But some others you might like to check out include:
State Library of Victoria - Ned Kelly 
Grove (library) community history from Western Australia
Westminster Archives in London have just released a treasure hunt app (scroll down and link to app store)  

Are there any others that should be added to the list?