History of women in local government

The next talk of the Heidelberg Historical Society will be presented by Helen D. Harris. The Right to Vote; the right to stand: The involvement of women in local government in Victoria will focus on the history of local government women voters and pioneer Councillors including Nellie Ibbott who was the first woman in Victoria to […]

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The Housing Game – Jon Faine broadcasts live from Mernda

Mornings with Jon Faine will host a special live broadcast this Tuesday (July 18) from Mernda, one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Melbourne. Surrounded by houses, but just a few 100-metres from farmland set to be converted into mini-cities, it’s at the centre of Melbourne's housing conundrum. Plus the Conversation Hour will also be live […]

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Robert Whatmough: pioneering Victorian horticulturalist

A new book for the Diamond Valley Library Local History collection has been recently added.  A circulating copy is also available Robert Whatmough In 1824, nine-year-old Robert Whatmough began work at a local cotton mill in his home town of Rochdale, Lancashire, a product of the widespread poverty of his time. In 1887, Robert died […]

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Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program

The 2017 City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program is in full swing with the Winter program out now.  This annual events program celebrates the history and cultural heritage of the City of Whittlesea.  Local organisations and community groups including Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Whittlesea Reconciliation Group, St Damian's Church, Bundoora, St Luke's Church, Lalor, RMIT […]

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Soldier Settlement

The Last Battle by Bruce Scates documents the opportunities offered and in many cases the difficulties faced by returned servicemen following World War One. Family History Researchers can search their Victorian First World War Soldier settler ancestors at Battle to Farm: WW1 Soldier settlement records in Victoria from Public Records Office of Victoria The War ended in November […]

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Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade

2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade.  Community celebrations include an Anniversary Ball and a Community Day at the Kangaroo Ground Oval on Sunday 29th October. To read more about the history of the Brigade and the upcoming events see this article in the Diamond Valley Leader

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Wild Men of Montmorency

“Diamond Valley footy in the 1970s and 1980s was hard and tough footy at its best and sometimes worst. It was physical, brutal, occasionally spectacular and thrilling, captivating fans and players alike.  In this tribal cauldron where suburb was pitted against suburb there was no room for the feint-hearted”. The Wild Men of Montmorency recently published […]

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New Books for Family History Research

The following new titles have been added to the collection: Australia in the Great War The Basic Genealogy Checklist Brisbane Diseased Brisbane: Squatters, Settlers and Surveyors DNA for Genealogists Family History on the Cheap Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes Harnessing the Facebook Generation Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth Historical Research Using British Newspapers Irish Libraries […]

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Eltham on Display

Visit the Eltham District Historical Society exhibition at Eltham Library during June. The exhibition includes a photograph collection from the former Shire of Eltham from the 1980's illustrating people and places, including these lovely ladies enjoying a bite in the sunshine. If you were involved in this photographic project, recognise any of the people photographed […]

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Greensborough Pioneer Robert Whatmough

Greensborough Pioneer Robert Whatmough will be the subject of the next meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society to be held on Saturday 24th June 2017, at 1:15 pm at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough. Jacinta Crealy will be speaking on the life and times of her Great-great-great grandfather Robert Whatmough, whose name is the […]

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