Value of History

The History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia have recently jointly adopted a statement about the Value of History: Studying our past and telling our stories is critical to our sense of belonging, to our communities and to our shared future.  History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive…
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Insanity in Colonial Victoria

Journey back to the world of Melbourne's early lunatic asylums with writer and clinical psychologist, Jill Giese. Heidelberg Historical Society presents The Remarkable Story of Insanity in Colonial Victoria Presented by Jill Giese Winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's History Award for her book The Maddest Place on Earth. These asylums were overflowing with patients as Victoria grappled with…
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Amcor Paper Mill

Fairfield - Alphington, though no longer in the service area of Yarra Plenty Regional Library, is still of interest to us historically as it falls in the past boundary of the City of Heidelberg.  Local historian and keen photographer Kevin Patterson has some knowledge of the workings of the former Amcor Paper mill and was…
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The Blacksmiths’ Tree

The Blacksmiths' Tree: A Portrait by Debbie Qadri was recently donated to the library by the author. Debbie is an artist who is also interested in community art projects in public spaces. The book is her PhD research at the College of Arts and Education at Victoria University. It follows the story of the Blacksmith's…
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SLV Digital Image Pool

Earlier this year State Library Victoria launched the first stage of their new digital object management system (DOMS). In this first phase, more than 170,000 non-culturally sensitive, out-of-copyright images in the digital image pool have new viewers, which offer: • a fresh and more intuitive user interface • a better experience on mobile devices …
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