Who else writes like an Aussie?

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Danielle from the Alpha Reader Blog has taken "If you liked this book…" and added an OY OY OY! She picks the top read Young Adult books of recent times and suggests other books by Australian Authors that you may also enjoy. You can read her post here, or explore her recommendations with the lists […]

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National Simultaneous Storytime Is Here Again!

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Wednesday 27 May 2015 11.00am Join thousands of children across Australia and listen to the same book at the same time. Special guests will read the book The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey at the following locations: Diamond Valley Library, Eltham Library, Ivanhoe Library, Lalor Library, Mill Park Library, Rosanna Library, Thomastown Library, Watsonia Library […]

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The course of love: does it run true?

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The Course of Love by Alain de Botton A powerful book... filled with enough worthy quotes to fill a respectable Pinterest board (substitute journal, wall or scrapbook for Pinterest if you have no idea what I'm talking about here). It's written in what I found initially to be a slightly jarring style, pairing narrative with […]

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Are there any Good People in this book?

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The Good People by Hannah Kent A review by Mo the cat's owner Mo may not have liked this book... but he is a cat, after all!  My take on the book is slightly different. The Good People is beautifully written: dark and haunting. It stays with you long after you've finished reading, like an […]

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Greensborough Honour Roll

A new title for the Local History Collection at Diamond Valley Library: The Old Borough was good enough: the Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll 1914-1919 and other servicemen from both World Wars was compiled by Bryan Henderson after his search for the missing Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll and his interest in local […]

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Fine Spirit and Pluck

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Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s Fine Spirit and Pluck was launched on August 6 along with the formal opening of the Writing the War exhibition (currently open till Monday August 29). Copies are now available for loan and will also be available as an e-book in coming weeks. Launched by Dr Janet Butler, she said: “ […]

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Book Review: A Different Earth

A Different Earth by Max C.S. Beck first drew my attention as I have ancestors who hailed from Cornwall and set sail for South Australia and then trekked overland to the Victorian Goldfields – I expect much like the story of Jane Dunstan and her family: Cornwall to Burra and overland to Gold. The detailed […]

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New local history for Ivanhoe

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New titles for local history have been added to the collection at Ivanhoe Library The Centre Ivanhoe Harriers Ivanhoe Harriers was founded by the Rev. S. L. Buckley in March, 1914, as a cross-country team. In the early 1920's with the help of the YMCA and the Ivanhoe Grammar School, the Club grew into a […]

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Book Review: Lists of Note

Lists of Note (also available as Lists of Note)  follows on the footsteps of Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher.  This is a delightful book to dip in and out of for an interesting treat. Many of the lists would be of interest to family history researchers and include: George Washington’s slaves Reasons for admission – […]

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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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