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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Thompsons Pharmacy, Eltham


Pharmacist   
Shortly after the First World War Ivan Thompson, a pharmacist in Fairfield, expanded into the Diamond Valley by opening pharmacies in Etham, Greensborough and Watsonia.
In the early 1950s Norm Williams considered he was fortuante to be able to serve an apprenticehip with Ivan Thompson at his Eltham pharmacy.  He was with the business when it moved in 1952 to the present site at 964 Main Road, Eltham, which was the first brick shop built in the Eltham Town Centre.  When in 1958 Ivan Thompson decided to sell his pharmacies Harry Brown and Norm Williams were able to purchase the Eltham business and expanded with pharmacies in Fairfield and Lower Plenty.
At the next meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society, Norm Williams will speak about how Thompsons Pharmacy has developed. while continuing to supply a range of services for generations of Eltham families.  His stories, supported by a collection of personal photographs and recollections, will entertain as well as give an insight into how pharmacy practices and the Eltham Shopping centre has changed.
Wednesday 8th June 2016 8.00 pm at Eltham Senior Citizens' Centre, Library Place, Eltham

Monday, May 16, 2016

Montmorency: the Farm on the Plenty

Local historian and author Maureen Jones has researched and written about Montmorency, a little known suburb in the City of Banyule, but with a rich indigenous and pastoral heritage.

At the June meeting for Heidelberg Historical Society Maureen will discuss her book Montmorency: the farm on the Plenty,  the history of the early settlers and how the suburb has evolved into the vibrant suburb it is today. 
This free talk will be held at Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe on Tuesday 14 June at 8 pm.