Family History Month

National Family History Month is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. Family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members…
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Ryerson now at 5 million

This past weekend saw the Ryerson Index reach five 5 million names. The free Australian website which indexes contemporary death notices from Australian newspapers has been growing steadily since its establishment over seventeen years ago with some of the original indexers still submitting files to the website. Volunteers at Yarra Plenty Regional Library have been…
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Book Clubs @ the Library

Love to read but have trouble finding interesting books? Or when you finish a book do you want to share your thoughts with someone else? Library Book Clubs are a popular activity for readers to meet and chat about a range of books once a month. Librarians choose a range of popular, literary and recommended…
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Nillumbik Memorials

The Hurstbridge Memorial Park interpretative signage was launched this week by Mr Andrew Giles MP, Federal Member for Scullin with Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor, Cr. Helen Coleman. The Hurstbridge Avenue of Honour plaque was also dedicated to local soldiers by Cr. Coleman. Local students from the Hurstbridge Learning co-operative and Hurstbridge Primary School read the…
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Reading for a rest day

If now that the second week of the Tour de France is over and you still feel that you have not had enough here is some potential reading for the evening of a rest day…. For many people one of the highlights of the coverage is the amazing scenery of rural France.  If the views…
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DVD Review: Birdsong

Beautifully and accurately filmed, Birdsong moves slowly but powerfully and gradually draws you in. This UK production is a nice change from the usual fast faced, action packed war dramas with a terrific supporting cast, costumes and sets. The book became a classic after it was published in 1993. This first interpretation of it on…
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