Local History

SEPP_0049 Loading fruit for market, Kinglake (Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection)
Loading fruit for market, Kinglake (Shire of Eltham Pioneer Photograph collection)

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Collections

Ivanhoe Local History collection

The Ivanhoe Local History Collection focuses on the history of that part of the present City of Banyule that fell within the former City of Heidelberg prior to 1964. It covers the time-span from traditional Aboriginal occupation and early European settlement through to the early twenty-first century. The collection of approximately 350 items includes a range of material including published books, documents, pamphlets, newspapers and newsletters and municipal records.
Main themes represented in the collection include:
• Early settlers.
• Local institutions and organisations — schools, hospitals, churches, sports clubs (particularly golf).
• Municipal Council activities.
• Urban development and housing, including Walter Burley Griffin estates and houses.
• Melbourne Olympics 1956, and Olympic Village.
• Art — the Heidelberg School.
• Heritage - built and landscape.
• Social and urban planning issues, including the provision of services.
• Natural environment - flora and fauna, waterways.
• The development of library services.
• Aboriginal heritage (to a limited extent).

Diamond Valley Local History collection

The main focus of the Collection is the geographic area covered by the former Shire of Diamond Valley, including Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Watsonia, Yarrambat, and parts of Bundoora. It includes a considerable amount of material relevant to the present City of Banyule and Shire of Nillumbik. It covers the time-span from traditional Aboriginal occupation and early European settlement through to the early twenty-first century. The Collection of approximately 300 items includes a range of printed materials including the Diamond Valley Leader from 1964.
Main themes represented in the collection include:
• Early settlers, development of local townships and communities
• Local institutions and organisations — schools, hospitals, churches, sports clubs
• Urban development and housing, including the development and construction of shopping centre and other community facilities.
• Social and urban planning issues, including the provision of services.
Natural environment — flora and fauna, waterways.
The development of library services.
Local writers
Diamond Valley Art Collection
Aboriginal heritage

Eltham Local History collection

The main focus of the collection is the Shire of Nillumbik, but it is primarily on the area covered by the former Shire of Eltham, including Kinglake and part of the present City of Banyule. The collection covers the time-span from traditional Aboriginal occupation and early European settlement, through to the early twenty-first century. The collection of approximately 300 items includes a range of print materials, and also the literature of author and local resident Alan Marshall.
Main themes represented in the collection:
• Early settlers, development of local townships and communities.
• Gold mining.
• Local institutions and organisations - — schools, churches, sports clubs etc.
• Eltham lifestyle, mud brick building.
• Natural environment - — flora and fauna, waterways.
• Cultural heritage.
• Alan Marshall.
• Art, Montsalvat.
• Library services.
• Municipal planning.

Mill Park (J W Payne) Local History collection

The collection was founded by the Whittlesea Historical Society in 1983 when copies of original documents were donated to the library.
The Community Portrait collection includes documents, maps, plans, photographs, portraits, certificates relating to the the former Shire and City of Whittlesea Council, its residents and places including local churches, properties, transport and oral histories.
Main Themes Represented in the Collection:
• Early farming communities in scattered settlements and townships
• Early/prominent local families.
• Establishment and maintenance of Yan Yean water supply system.
• Early institutions, including schools, Janefield Colony.
• The development of library services.
• Municipal Council activities.
• Urban development, especially Lalor co-operative settlement, and later housing estates.
• Multicultural communities, including the early German community at Westgarthtown
• Planning issues of recent and current urban development, including impact on environment, and the provision of services.
• Natural environment - flora and fauna, soil.
• Art, local artists.
• Sport

 

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