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Local History

Local History

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Local History Collections

Diamond Valley

The main focus of the Collection is the geographic area covered by the former Shire of Diamond Valley, including Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Watsonia, Yarrambat, and parts of Bundoora. It includes a considerable amount of material relevant to the present City of Banyule and Shire of Nillumbik. It covers the time-span from traditional Aboriginal occupation and early European settlement through to the early twenty-first century. The Collection of approximately 300 items includes a range of printed materials including the Diamond Valley Leader from 1964.

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

The Diamond Valley Leader is  held 1966-2016.

Eltham

The main focus of the collection is 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. The collection covers the time-span from traditional Aboriginal occupation and early European settlement, through to the early twenty-first century. The collection of approximately 300 items includes a range of print materials, and also the literature of author and local resident Alan Marshall.

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 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.

Ivanhoe

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 Aboriginal occupation and early European settlement through to the early twenty-first century. The collection of approximately 350 items includes a range of material including published books, documents, pamphlets, newspapers and newsletters and municipal records.

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 1966-2016

Mill Park

The collection was founded by the Whittlesea Historical Society in 1983 when copies of original documents were donated to Lalor library. The J W Payne 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, especially Lalor 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 collecion also includes items relating to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.  The Whittlesea Leader is held 1965-2016

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Recommended Reading

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Local History Titles you can borrow now

Interested in where you live? The library maintains local history collections in addition to these books which can be borrowed now

Local Cemeteries

Resources for local cemeteries in Nillumbik, Banyule and Whittlesea

Black Saturday

The Black Saturday bushfires burned across parts of Victoria on Saturday 7th February 2009, a disaster, which directly impacted our region.
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Upcoming Events

Please note that Yarra Plenty Regional Library has suspended all of our library programs, events and outreach services for 30 days from Monday 16 March 2020 due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

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Australian History

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