Arthur Streeton’s Golden Summer, Eaglemont

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April 8, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Heidelberg School Artist Sir Arthur Streeton.  Australia Post are acknowledging the milestone by releasing an image of the painting ”Golden Summer, Eaglemont” on a stamp. Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Condor lived and painted together at “Eaglemont” an old wooden house “standing in […]

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Early European Settlers in the Heidelberg District

The next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society will be presented by John Noack who has extensively researched the first European squatters to establish holdings on Crown Land in the Heidelberg area, following the arrival of John Batman. John will focus in particular on the settlers, William Thomas Mollison and Captain Robert Robson in the […]

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LaTrobe University Celebrating Women’s Contributions

LaTrobe University is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2017. It was inaugurated on International Women’s Day March 8, 1967, when the Governor, Sir Rohan Delacombe, installed the first Chancellor, Sir Archibald Glenn, and the Premier, Sir Henry Bolte, declared the university open. As part of its celebrations and looking back at its successes and accomplishments, […]

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Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Family History researchers have access to a brand new resource which is part of the Genealogy Reference Collection at Ivanhoe Library. The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland contains detailed information about the linguistic origins of more than 45,600 common and rare surnames. Each entry also includes how many bearers of the […]

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Google your Genealogy

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When it comes to researching your family and local history, and other topics of interest, ensure you get the most out of your new best friend – Google. There are a few tips and tricks to implement so that your search strategies are pulling positive results. Some resources to make the most out of Google […]

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Rootstech 2017

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One of the major conferences for the Genealogy industry and associated family researchers worldwide: Rootstech – has just concluded in Salt Lake City, Utah, and by all accounts it was another huge success. The international conference featured four days of seminars, presentations, product promotion and a huge showcase hall and the opportunity for many attendees […]

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History of Ivanhoe Real Estate

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Heidelberg Historical Society celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017.  They are kicking off the year with a guest speaker from Miles Real Estate, a local business which has operated in the Ivanhoe and Heidelberg area for over 85 years.  Director Stewart Oldmeadow will speak about the history of the firm on Tuesday 14 February at […]

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Geography of Surnames

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The Geography of surnames is a new resource devoted to the study of English, Scottish and Irish surnames and should be of interest to family history researchers. Surnames are examined from a geographic perspective, focusing on their distribution, patterns and origins. Examples are drawn from areas as diverse as Cornwall, Wales, the Borders of Scotland […]

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Ryerson Index update

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The Ryerson Index is a free index resource to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers, dating back in some cases to 1831 (Sydney Morning Herald). While most of the entries relate to death occuring since 1970. The index is completely managed and contributed to by volunteers and is said to grow at a rate of […]

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Greensborough Honour Roll

A new title for the Local History Collection at Diamond Valley Library: The Old Borough was good enough: the Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll 1914-1919 and other servicemen from both World Wars was compiled by Bryan Henderson after his search for the missing Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll and his interest in local […]

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