Goldfields Research

Various gold rushes occurred in Australia over the second half of the 19th century creating an influx of immigrants seeking a new life.  Explore the following resources to research your gold fields ancestors in Victoria. Download Gold Fever! Life on the Diggings, 1851-1855 from the National Library of Australia which provides a good introduction to…
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New Trove Available

A favourite resource for local and family historians and just the curious, Trove brings together a vast range of collections from almost 1,000 cultural, community and research organisations all over Australia. It includes specific content that cannot be easily found via a typical search engine. Trove has re-launched with a refreshed logo, colour, overall design…
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Wikipedia Librarians at work

#1Lib1Ref is an bi-annual global Wikipedia campaign that invites librarians to participate by improving articles in its online encyclopaedia by adding citations. A small band of Yarra Plenty Regional Library staff participated in the winter campaign, 10 May to 7 June 2020. This was the second time YPRL staff participated. With training and support provided…
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Ivanhoe Library 1965-2020

At a time when local governments were debating over spending rate payers money on installing sewerage systems or building public libraries, the City of Heidelberg opened Ivanhoe Library on 8 October 1965.  Located in a prime position at the top of the hill next door to the Town Hall, it featured two main floors with…
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Family History Bingo

Let's play Family History Bingo! How many tasks have you completed in your family history research journey? Get four in a row (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) and you're a Family History wizz. Cross off the entire board and you're a Family History Champion! You can also print off from this link. Check out the links…
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Community Newspapers

News Corp have today announced changes to their regional and community newspapers across the country, including the Leader group.  Looking at our region, it appears that Whittlesea Leader will no longer be printed and will be digital only moving forward. Update 1/6/20. An article via the ABC confirms that the Heidelberg Leader and Diamond Valley…
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