Local History Month 2019

Connect with where you live this October as we present a range of events as part of its local history month program.

Visit Diamond Valley Library throughout the month and learn about pioneering families of the Yarrambat familyopens a new window. Yarrambat Historical Society has had an ongoing project to create photo boards featuring a key photograph and information on families and identities. People featured include Post Office identity Bob McKenzie, CFA Volunteer Max Turner, the Dinnage Family who were associated with Diamond Valley Motors in Diamond Creek and James Sexton, head teacher at Yarrambat Primary School for forty years from 1928.

WHAT'S HAPPENING? Check out these highlights:

Share local stories with a panel of Whittlesea Womenopens a new window and hear culinary stories of the Agricultural Show with Best in Showopens a new window.

One hundred years ago troops were returning home from European battlefields with battle scars and illness including the Spanish Flu. This disease would impact the wider community and Janine will touch on this in her presentation: Ivanhoe 100 years agoopens a new window. Learn the origins of Banyule street namesopens a new window, hear stories of the Mont Park complex and community band history in our area.

TOURS! Get out and about and explore the history of Thomastownopens a new window, Lalor,opens a new window Elthamopens a new window and Ivanhoeopens a new window by foot and climb aboard the library bus and tour the southern suburbs in the City of Whittlesea.

Moses Thomas was a significant figure in the history of the City of Whittlesea. YPRL are co-custodians of a unique collection of photographs and documents relating to this local pioneer family. See and learn more at Lalor Libraryopens a new window.

YPRL acknowledges and thanks the community groups who have supported the local history month program 2019 including Eltham District Historical Society, Yarrambat Historical Society, Heidelberg Historical Society, Springthorpe Heritage Group, Victorian Bands’ League, Montmorency Eltham RSL, Friends of Westgarthown and the Shire of Nillumbik.

Please note that some events require bookings!

Visit our local history collections at Mill Park, Ivanhoe, Eltham and Diamond Valley Libraries and check out our photo collections, and also on Flickr

See list of ALL EVENTS here!


Interesting Reads: 

365 Country Women's Association Favourites

Australian Homes

Deep Time Dreaming

The Land Before Avocado

A Timeline of Australian Food

Australia Remember This Too!

Fine Spirit and Pluck

Just Add Water

Old Days, Old Ways

Watch me:
Australia in Colour

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