SLV Digital Image Pool

  State Library Victoria has launched the first stage of their new digital object management system (DOMS). In this first phase, more than 170,000 non-culturally sensitive, out-of-copyright images in their digital image pool will have new viewers, which will offer: • a fresh and more intuitive user interface • a better experience on mobile devices…
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Sylvester John Brown – early settler of Heidelberg

Local historians Phil Jones and John Noack will present the first talk for Heidelberg Historical Society's meetings calendar for 2019. The Society will meet Tuesday 12 February at 8 pm at the Uniting Church Hall, Ivanhoe. Captain Sylvester Brown was one of Heidelberg’s first settlers. This talk will present the triumphs and tragedies of Captain…
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Black Saturday Anniversary

The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009 and were among Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters. Areas within the City of Whittlesea and Shire of Nillumbik were directly impacted including Kinglake West and Strathewen. Local historian and photographer Matt Dickinson…
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Olympic Village Souvenir

Olympic Village 1956 Yarra Plenty Regional Library in partnership with Heidelberg Historical SocietyFifty nine years ago this week, Melbourne - and the world was in the grip of Olympic Games fever. Held 22 November to the 8 December 1956, Melbourne hosted the Olympics for the first time. We were very proud of our purpose built…
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Book Review: Digby & Claude

A recent publication out of the National Library of Australia Digby & Claude is written and illustrated by Emma Allen and Hannah Sommerville as a picture book. It touches on a common theme of constant change within the urban environment. Digby and Claude feel connected to their neighbourhood and community. This is a story about friendship…
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Mont Park to Springthorpe Heritage Project

  A community driven project has come to fruition recently with the launch in September of the Mont Park to Springthorpe: Springthorpe Heritage Project. The website explores the former Mont Park Hospital and Asylum and its environs, the heritage-listed buildings, horticulturally significant landscape design, social and cultural history, hospital and psychiatric care history, indigenous history…
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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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Lets Party Like It’s 1988

November is a month-long party at Watsonia Library. Like Marty McFly we are going back - Back to the Future with a movie night of course - complete with popcorn and jaffas! Back to the Future The fun starts with Watsonia Library's Annual Craft Fair. There will be a range of locally made craft items and…
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