Family History Month

Researching your family history?  Feeling a bit frustrated about where to look next?  Looking for some inspiration? August is National Family History Month and YPRL have a number of events to feed your passion. From personal reminiscences to tech tips, there is something for everyone, from beginners to advanced researchers. Expert speakers will present on…
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Invisible Farmer

The Invisible Farmer Project  is the largest study of Australian women on the land.  Initiated by Museums Victoria this three year project (2017-2020) aims to create new histories of rural Australia, reveal the hidden histories of women on the land, learn more about the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in agriculture, stimulate public discussions…
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Cemetery Research

Lee Anthony from Friends of Coburg Cemetery recently spoke at Diamond Valley Library as part of the monthly Family History Fest program.  The cemetery is managed by the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.  A Deceased search can be conducted on their website for all nineteen cemeteries in the Melbourne area under their care. If you are…
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Diamond Creek Local History

Nillumbik Historical Society have been updating and re-publishing a number of publications that local historian Jock Ryan first compiled in the early 2000's.  These titles include a chronology of the area's history, a history of the Hurstbridge railway line, especially related to the extension from Eltham to Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge, the story…
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Anzac Day 2018

Australians recognise 25 April as a day of national remembrance. It is a time when we reflect on the many different meanings of war. Yarra Plenty Regional Library is acknowledging Anzac Day through a series of exhibitions and presentations.  Throughout April, Eltham Library are featuring objects from the memorabilia collection of the Eltham Montmorency RSL…
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Diamond Valley Sportsmen Win Medals at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, 1982

As we settle into the Commonwealth Games, this #ThrowbackThursday we reflect back to the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games.  Local athletes were represented and they were acknowledged by Diamond Valley Shire President Peter Cleeland, here presenting engraved silver letter openers created by Eltham silversmith Michael Wilson. Medal winners from left are Remo Sansonetti, Greensborough, silver medal…
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Happy Easter

The Pavlidis family children paint hard boiled eggs red and crack them as part of their custom to celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter. (about 1995)  Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ—the cracking of which…
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Grace Park Estate – Beautiful building allotments

The New Grace Park Electric Station Estate, (Watsonia) was advertised widely in June 1924 showcasing the nearly completed electrified line and Railway Station and advocating its proximity to prospective buyers.  The Advertiser, reported on Friday 27 June 1924, .."The sale last Saturday of 44 allotments in the Grace Park Estate, adjacent to the new railway station…
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Featherston – Design for Living (1947 – 2017)

The next meeting of Heidelberg Historical Society will feature guest speaker Mary Featherston.  Her talk will touch on the scope of the Featherston's multi-disciplinary practice and illustrate some key furniture and interior design projects. She will also discuss ideas and beliefs that have motivated their quest to create affordable, practical and beautiful design. Mary Featherton studied…
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