Searching for John Smith

Professional genealogist Joy Roy recently presented at Diamond Valley Library as part of our Family History Month program 2019.  In Searching for John Smith, Joy discussed her research journey to find her man in Scotland. Her challenge?  SMITH is the most common name in Scotland. General tips from her discussion included: Names. Look for a…
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Busy Bee Quilt

The latest exhibition at the Heidelberg Historical Society is Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt. Constructed in 1895-6 by members of Heidelberg’s Scots Church as a fundraising project, contributors came from far and wide to participate in the project. 213 hand-embroidered squares record almost 140 legible signatures as well as dozens of initials, decorations and place-names…
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POWs in post war Australia

The next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society presents Christina Twomey (Professor of History and Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University) who will present her talk: The Battle Within - POWs in post war Australia. The Battle Within During World War Two over 30,000 Australians were captured by…
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Family History Month 2019

Have you uncovered a secret in your family? A convict, a wartime hero or perhaps the immigration of a pioneer ancestor who left their birthplace behind for a new life in Australia? Winter is the perfect time to discover your own unique family story. August is National Family History Month and Yarra Plenty Regional Library…
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Preserving Letters

  Caring for Family Archives often become the responsibility of the family historian. Personal letters, especially written by hand with first-hand accounts of a life and experiences can invoke a time and place and connect the family history researcher very much to their personal past. Robert recently inquired at the library about binding his Uncle’s…
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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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