Feb 1, 2016

Family History Group is Back!

Image from Sam Merrifield Collection
The Family History Group are back for 2016 and the first meeting is Tuesday 02/02/16 at the Sam Merrifield Library at 2:00pm. Join with other people from the Moonee Valley area to discuss the shared joys and problems of researching your own family history. 
So come along and bring any genealogy questions you're having trouble with to hopefully get the answer you need.

Jan 6, 2016

Breaking the holiday boredom

So Christmas and New Years are finished and you're looking for something to fill in the rest of the Summer break.

Well why not discover more about the history of Melbourne by visiting the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street. With free entry and a number of great exhibitions, including the history of Soldier Settlers in Victoria during the Inter-War years this is a great day out for any history buff. For more information and to see what else they have running, click here.

If you can't make it out but are still interested in learning some interesting facts, don't worry! The National Archives of Australia have released the Cabinet documents for the 1990-1991 year, so to hear what you can now search as well as about previous years, click here.

Finally for those Family History buffs who are using this downtime to work on their family trees, if you've hit a roadblock on some areas have a look at what the National Archives of Australia have to help you find what you're looking for. They have a range of papers and podcasts to help those who have curly questions. To find out more click here.

So don't despair, there is always something to uncover with history these holidays. If you have any great ideas about things people can learn about this summer, leave a comment below.
Group in front of beach box in Brighton, circa 1930's. Sourced from Museums Victoria Collections: http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1688835 

Dec 15, 2015

Family History Group

Image sourced from the Sam Merrifield Collection
A big thanks to everyone who came along to the Family History Group meetings throughout the year. I hope you were able to learn something interesting about your own past and make some new friends along the way.

Just a friendly reminder that regular meetings will begin on 2 February 2016 at the Sam Merrifield Library. 

Wishing your a Happy Holiday and a safe New Year. 

Nov 27, 2015

Early Libraries in Essendon and Flemington

Essendon Town Hall with Lending Library inside.
Sam Merrifield Local History Collection
Local Historian Lenore Frost has been busy over the past few months researching the history of libraries in Moonee Valley. Looking at the libraries of Essendon and Flemington, Lenore tells the story of how libraries begun in our area and how they grew out of a public desire for books.

If you're looking to learn about how the libraries of Moonee Valley begun, Lenore's work is a great resource.

You can find the link to her time travellers website below:

Nov 26, 2015

Victoria and the Great War: The La Trobe Journal

The Community Heritage Collection has just purchased the September volume of the State Library of Victoria's La Trobe Journal. This volume focuses on Victoria in the First World War and what life was like back home during this time.
La Trobe Journal no. 96
State Library of Victoria (www.slv.vic.gov.au)

This is a must read for those who are interested in learning about how Melbourne was divided around some of the big issues of the war, like conscription, women's rights and Australia's involvement in the war. With topics being writing by some leading academics this book is a must read for any local history buff.

We have a copy in the library available for load, however if you are unable to make it into your local Moonee Valley Library branch you can download chapters of the journal online through the State Library's website.

La Trobe Journal at Moonee Valley Libraries

State Library downloadable chapters