Happy Birthday Us!

Thirty years ago today, four member councils of Heidelberg Regional Library Service, namely Diamond Valley, Eltham, Heidelberg and Whittlesea felt it was time to adopt a name reflecting the wide area we serve. Staff were asked to suggest suitable names.  Names included Plenty Regional Library and Heidelberg Plenty Regional Library. Alan Marshall Regional Library, Heidelberg…
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Book Review: Lost relations: Fortunes of my family in Australia’s Golden Age

“Genealogy offers a gateway into an extended family, linked vertically through time rather than horizontally in the present. In a world of confused and multiple identities, it promises a deeper sense of who we are.” Historian Graeme Davison has written the saga of his family in the recently published: Lost Relations”. His family’s history is…
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Nillumbik Memorials

The Hurstbridge Memorial Park interpretative signage was launched this week by Mr Andrew Giles MP, Federal Member for Scullin with Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor, Cr. Helen Coleman. The Hurstbridge Avenue of Honour plaque was also dedicated to local soldiers by Cr. Coleman. Local students from the Hurstbridge Learning co-operative and Hurstbridge Primary School read the…
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DVD Review: Birdsong

Beautifully and accurately filmed, Birdsong moves slowly but powerfully and gradually draws you in. This UK production is a nice change from the usual fast faced, action packed war dramas with a terrific supporting cast, costumes and sets. The book became a classic after it was published in 1993. This first interpretation of it on…
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New Family History Books

In the lead up to Family History Month in August when we will host a wide range of programs and events the following new titles have been added to the collection: How to Trace your Family Tree Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-it-yourself Genealogy Grandad Did A Dastardly Deed War Memorials (UK) Adelaide Remember When NextGen Genealogy The…
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Ryerson now at 5 million

This past weekend saw the Ryerson Index reach five 5 million names. The free Australian website which indexes contemporary death notices from Australian newspapers has been growing steadily since its establishment over seventeen years ago with some of the original indexers still submitting files to the website. Volunteers at Yarra Plenty Regional Library have been…
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