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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Are you a descendant of an immigrant on the David Clark?

The David Clark was the first ship to bring assisted immigrants direct to Port Phillip in October 1839.  All were Scots and many settled in the Kangaroo Ground and Heidelberg districts including the Bell family. To mark the 180th anniversary, descendants of those passengers are invited to attend a reunion on Sunday 27 October 2019…
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Visiting Public Record Office Victoria

Public Libraries Victoria Local Studies staff recently met at Public Record Office Victoria and were given an update on what’s new at Victoria’s State Archives by Access Service Officers Sarah and Heather.  Their role is to assist researchers in the reading room, the online help desk, answering emails, retrieving records (picking and returning) and monitoring the…
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