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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Are you a Local History Buff?

Test your knowledge with this true/false quiz! Visit Wikinorthia for more stories of our local history and explore the multi-touch tables in Eltham and Diamond Valley Libraries. This quiz was created by our Local and Family History Librarian July 2018. Ask a Librarian Do you have a local history question? Throughout October, for Local History Month…
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Grace Park Estate – Beautiful building allotments

The New Grace Park Electric Station Estate, (Watsonia) was advertised widely in June 1924 showcasing the nearly completed electrified line and Railway Station and advocating its proximity to prospective buyers.  The Advertiser, reported on Friday 27 June 1924, .."The sale last Saturday of 44 allotments in the Grace Park Estate, adjacent to the new railway station…
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Book Launch: Migration stories from Banyule

MIGRATION-Stories from Banyule reveals fourteen personal journeys of migration by and about people originally from the Aeolian islands, England, the Greek islands, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Poland who came to Australia by ship, disembarked at Port Melbourne, and now call Australia Home.  Watsonia Library is pleased to host the launch of this publication as part…
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Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program

The 2017 City of Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program is in full swing with the Winter program out now.  This annual events program celebrates the history and cultural heritage of the City of Whittlesea.  Local organisations and community groups including Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Whittlesea Reconciliation Group, St Damian's Church, Bundoora, St Luke's Church, Lalor, RMIT…
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Wild Men of Montmorency

“Diamond Valley footy in the 1970s and 1980s was hard and tough footy at its best and sometimes worst. It was physical, brutal, occasionally spectacular and thrilling, captivating fans and players alike.  In this tribal cauldron where suburb was pitted against suburb there was no room for the feint-hearted”. The Wild Men of Montmorency recently published…
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Meet Cedric at State Library Victoria

Have you explored the digitised collections at State Library Victoria?  A number of collections have been curated and can be explored via the Cedric link  here. Collections include: Melbourne Street Directories - 1912-152 Victorian Groundwater records Journal of commerce of Victoria and Melbourne Mufti 1934-2000 Football Record Victorian Historical Journal 1911-2012 Records of Coles Myer…
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Happy Birthday Us!

Thirty years ago today, four member councils of Heidelberg Regional Library Service, namely Diamond Valley, Eltham, Heidelberg and Whittlesea felt it was time to adopt a name reflecting the wide area we serve. Staff were asked to suggest suitable names.  Names included Plenty Regional Library and Heidelberg Plenty Regional Library. Alan Marshall Regional Library, Heidelberg…
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