Wild Men of Montmorency

“Diamond Valley footy in the 1970s and 1980s was hard and tough footy at its best and sometimes worst. It was physical, brutal, occasionally spectacular and thrilling, captivating fans and players alike.  In this tribal cauldron where suburb was pitted against suburb there was no room for the feint-hearted”. The Wild Men of Montmorency recently published…
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New Books for Family History Research

The following new titles have been added to the collection: Australia in the Great War The Basic Genealogy Checklist Brisbane Diseased Brisbane: Squatters, Settlers and Surveyors DNA for Genealogists Family History on the Cheap Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes Harnessing the Facebook Generation Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth Historical Research Using British Newspapers Irish Libraries…
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Eltham on Display

Visit the Eltham District Historical Society exhibition at Eltham Library during June. The exhibition includes a photograph collection from the former Shire of Eltham from the 1980's illustrating people and places, including these lovely ladies enjoying a bite in the sunshine. If you were involved in this photographic project, recognise any of the people photographed…
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Walter Withers in Eltham

The next meeting of the Eltham District Historical Society will be Wednesday 14th June 8.00pm at the Eltham Senior Citizens Centre. Guest speaker will be Andrew Mackenzie OAM, Art Historian, Lecturer, Heritage Consultant, Archivist and Author of many books including the life of Walter Withers (1854-1914).  At this meeting Andrew will talk about Walter Withers…
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Finding Sanity – John Cade, lithium and the taming of Bi-Polar Disorder

The next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society features Dr. Greg de Moore. Dr. Greg de Moore is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry based at Sydney's Westmead Hospital. He has co-authored the first biography of the ground breaking Australian doctor who discovered the first pharmacological treatment for mental illness. Finding Sanity Dr de Moore will discuss…
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Remembering ’67 Exhibition

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Heidelberg Historical Society a new exhibition has opened.  The local exhibition celebrates living in the City of Heidelberg in 1967. 50 years ago a number of local history groups were founded including the Shire of Eltham Historical Society now Eltham District Historical Society and Doncaster Templestowe…
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Arthur Streeton’s Golden Summer, Eaglemont

April 8, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Heidelberg School Artist Sir Arthur Streeton.  Australia Post are acknowledging the milestone by releasing an image of the painting ”Golden Summer, Eaglemont” on a stamp. Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Condor lived and painted together at “Eaglemont” an old wooden house “standing in…
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Early European Settlers in the Heidelberg District

The next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society will be presented by John Noack who has extensively researched the first European squatters to establish holdings on Crown Land in the Heidelberg area, following the arrival of John Batman. John will focus in particular on the settlers, William Thomas Mollison and Captain Robert Robson in the…
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LaTrobe University Celebrating Women’s Contributions

LaTrobe University is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2017. It was inaugurated on International Women’s Day March 8, 1967, when the Governor, Sir Rohan Delacombe, installed the first Chancellor, Sir Archibald Glenn, and the Premier, Sir Henry Bolte, declared the university open. As part of its celebrations and looking back at its successes and accomplishments…
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