Sarka to Westgarthtown: The Wuchatsch Family in Germany and Australia

A new local history book has been added to our collections.  One of which will be preserved in the local history collection at Mill Park Library.  Särka to Westgarthtown by Robert Wuchatsch has been a long time in the making. This 525-page book tells the story of the Wuchatsch family in Germany and Australia from the early…
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Happy Birthday Watsonia

This week Watsonia Library celebrates its 30th birthday. The small free-standing Library was opened on the 12 November 1988 after commitment by The Shire of Diamond Valley in part to replace the mobile library service that had previously served the community. Land purchased close to the railway station and shopping centre included two weatherboard houses…
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Miss Show Girl

Curator, Dr Annette Shiel from the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria was a special guest at Whittlesea Library this month as part of Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s Local History Month Program (in partnership with the City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program). Dr. Sheil shared her project to re-unite former Miss Show Girls from 1957 to…
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Book Review: Famous Family Trees

Famous Family Trees : explore 25 family trees from history written by Jari Mouge and illustrated by Vivien Mildenburger has recently been added to the junior collection. "Family History is also world history. It tells of connections and beginnings" states the introduction to this lavishly and finely illustrated book in watercolours.  Famous names are highlighted with…
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Local History Month 2018

Travel back in time this October as Yarra Plenty Regional Library's Local History Month program takes place.  From walks and talks, to tours and displays, there are discoveries to be had as you connect with the local history in your community. Nillumbik Historical Society will have a display at Diamond Valley Library and Eltham District…
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Ziebell’s Farmhouse, Westgarthtown

Congratulations to the Friends of Westgarthtown who have successfully completed the Museum Accreditation Program. They were awarded their certificate at the recent Museums Australia (Victoria) awards night held 29 August. This has been a long committed process by this voluntary organisation to meet the recognised museum standards. They are the only accredited museum in the…
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Victorian Collections Day 2018

Victorian Collections Day 2018 was held at the State Library of Victoria last week where over 100 Victorian Collections users came together for a full day of presentations and workshops aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of Victoria’s small museums and collecting organisations. Victorian Collections is a free collections management system for Victoria’s cultural…
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Heraldry

The following is a guest blog post from Tammy Eledge Heraldry is the science, art and system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings and symbols are employed to distinguish individuals, armies, institutions and corporations. Coats of Arms and Armorial bearings carry symbols which originated as identification devices on flags and shields. Forms…
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