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Local History

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Local History Month - Nillumbik

Test your knowledge of the Shire of Nillumbik for local history month. Visit lesser known websites and resources and explore where you live.
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Local History

Indigenous History

Learn more about the traditional owners and custodians of Melbourne's north east; the Wurindjeri willam clan

Diamond Valley Local History Collection

The collection at Diamond Valley Library covers the former Shire of Diamond Valley, including Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Watsonia, Yarrambat, and parts of Bundoora. It represents the history of the area and  includes a considerable amount of material relevant to the present City of Banyule and Shire of Nillumbik. It covers the time-span from traditional Indigenous occupation and early European settlement through to the early twenty-first century.

Main themes represented include: early settlers, development of local townships and communities, local institutions and organisations, urban development and housing, the development and construction of shopping centres and other community facilities. Social and urban planning issues, including the provision of services. The natural environment, the development of library services. local writers and the Diamond Valley Art Collection.

 

Eltham Local History Collection

The collection at Eltham Library has a main focus of the Shire of Nillumbik, but it is primarily on the area covered by the former Shire of Eltham, including Kinglake and part of the present City of Banyule.  It covers the time-span from traditional indigenous occupation and early European settlement, through to the early twenty-first century.

Main themes represented in the collection: early settlers, development of local townships and communities, gold mining, local institutions and organisations, the Eltham lifestyle, mud brick building. The natural environment, cultural heritage, Art, Montsalvat, Library services and municipal planning.

The Alan Marshall collection includes publications of the famous Eltham resident.

The collection also includes items relating to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection held in partnership with Eltham District Historical Society.

The Diamond Valley Leader is held in hard copy 1966-2016.

Ivanhoe Local History Collection

The Ivanhoe Local History Collection focuses on the history of that part of the present City of Banyule that fell within the former City of Heidelberg prior to 1964. It covers the time-span from traditional Indigenous occupation and early European settlement through to the early twenty-first century.

Main themes represented in the collection include: early settlers, local institutions and organisations, municipal council activities, urban development and housing, including Walter Burley Griffin estates and houses.  Melbourne Olympics 1956, and Olympic Village, Art — the Heidelberg School, Heritage - built and landscape, social and urban planning issues, including the provision of services. The natural environment, the development of library services and Indigenous heritage (to a limited extent).

The Heidelberg Leader is held in hard copy 1966-2016

Mill Park Local History Collection

The collection was founded by the Whittlesea Historical Society in 1983 when copies of original documents were donated to Lalor library.  Named for local historian,  J. W. Payne, the collection is now based at Mill Park Library.

The Community Portrait collection includes documents, maps, plans, photographs, portraits, certificates relating to the the former Shire and City of Whittlesea Council, its residents and places including local churches, properties, transport and oral histories.

Main themes represented in the collection: early farming communities in scattered settlements and townships, early/prominent local families, Yan Yean water supply system, early institutions, including schools, Janefield Colony.  The development of library services, municipal council activities, urban development, incluidng the Peter Lalor housing co-operative settlement, and later housing estates. Multicultural communities, including the early German community at Westgarthtown (Thomastown). Planning issues of urban development, including impact on environment, and the provision of services.  Natural environment, local artists and sport.

The collection also includes items relating to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

The Whittlesea Leader is held in hard copy 1965-2016.

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Recommended Resources

While some of these resource lists include physical collection items, many also include online resources to support your local history research.

Victorian Indigenous History

Resources about Victoria's indigenous history pertaining specifically to the Yarra Plenty area with some resources from further afield.

Up the Creek

A collection of articles about the pioneers, people and local history of Arthurs Creek and districts by local historian Bruce G. Draper.

Local Cemeteries

Resources for local cemeteries in Nillumbik, Banyule and Whittlesea
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Australian History

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