Thursday, December 04, 2014

Local History Month

November was Local History month.  Seventeen events took place across the region.  Highlights and popular events  included Stories form Mont Park at Rosanna Library, the first City of Whittlesea tour with twenty participants in partnership with the  City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program  at Mill Park Library and a WW1 military memorabilia display and associated talk Boots and all at Eltham Library.  Items included a gas mask and sword, personal letters and photographs.

Poppies Display

As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be “planting” a field of more than 66,000 poppies in Federation Square Melbourne as a visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. 
YPRL was the first Victorian public library to register every library as a collection point in March 2014.  Local crafters have contributed hundreds of hand- made poppies and some dedications to the project by joining a library craft group or dropping in the home made poppies to their local library.  Staff at the City of Whittlesea (from people also involved in the yarn bombing in front of Mill Park Library), members of the Plenty Craft Group, St Andrews Queenstown Historical Society and in particular Living and Learning Nillumbik have also partnered with the library culminating in displays at Mill Park, Lalor, Diamond Valley and Eltham Libraries. The Heidelberg Leader promoted the displays in a feature article and photograph on November 11 2014.
See over 650 poppies currently on display at Mill Park Library through to the New Year.
Photo: Eltham Library display around the local history collection in November.

Monday, December 01, 2014

New titles for Local history

The following new titles have been added to the local history collection at Eltham Library.  Loan copies are also available.
Nillumbik Tales Voices of Our Elders - Published by the Shire of Nillumbik this is a unique collection of stories celebrating the cultural diversity and history of the local community.  A wide array of local contributors focus on topics such as gardens, schools, characters, organisations, place and the history of the place where they call home.
We Need A School at ResearchWe Need A School at Research Edited by Maggie Sakko
Local historian Mick Woiwod has substantially rewritten his novel The Last Cry and republished it asWrath of the Myndie Wrath of the Myndie.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Donnybrook Cemetery Tour

Enjoy an informative walk and talk on a tour of this ten acre rural cemetery led by cemetery historian David Weatherill on Saturday October 25 as part of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria's History Week and the City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program.
This pioneer cemetery was established in 1857 and is still open to burials.  Learn the stories of pioneers past while enjoying the Spring colour of wildflowers common in the cemetery at this time of year.  People with family history related connections welcome to come along and share their stories. Meet at the Malcolm Street, Donnybrook Cemetery at 2.00 pm