Jul 24, 2017

Family History Feast 2017

Bookings open today for the Family History Feast at State Library of Victoria.

Be quick to secure your space at this great, free event for family history researchers.

See the program online, and book at: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/family-history-feast

Jul 8, 2017

Time to dig out your heirlooms!

There's still a few spots left for our "What's it worth?" valuation event, coming up this Saturday.

Do you have a family heirloom? Ever wondered what it's worth? Have your old treasures valued by a professional with over 30 years experience. No watches, gold or jewellery.

This session will be happening at Sam Merrifield Library on Saturday 22nd July, from 10am-12pm.

A non-refundable fee of $5 per item (maximum of 2 items per person) can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of the booking. Bookings necessary - book online here.

Jul 3, 2017

Inside History Online

Did you know that Inside History is available for free to our library users?

Published bi-monthly, Inside History is full of useful and fascinating articles and advice for people who are interested in Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage.

You can access Inside History via Moonee Valley Librarie's Zinio or through the RB Digital App, which has just been updated. You may need to create an account for Zinio or RB (if you haven't already), but it is very quick, and of course all free for our library members.

Jun 29, 2017

A year since the courthouse fire

A year has passed since a fire caused by a faulty light transformer caused significant damage to the Courthouse Museum in Moonee Ponds.

27 June 2016. Photo by Suzanne Balding, Moonee Valley Libraries.
A year after the fire, 26th June 2017. Photo by Julia Marshall, MVL.
The great news for local heritage enthusiasts is that $1.5 million dollars has been secured to restore the 1890s building. 
27 June 2016. Photo by Suzanne Balding, MVL.

The Society has shown great resilience, continuing to operate out of the basement of our Niddrie Library branch. It will be wonderful to see the Courthouse renovated, operational and open to the community as Essendon History Society HQ once again. 
The courthouse in the 1970s or 80s.
Tax deductible donations to the Historical Society are welcomed, as are new memberships.

All the photos in this post are in our collection and can be found online via the library catalogue.

Jun 9, 2017

An underutilised resource for military history: RUSI Library

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be part of a tour of the Royal United Services Institute Library at Victoria Barracks, right here in Melbourne. The RUSI Library is a wonderful place that I must admit I knew nothing about, but I will be recommending it in future as a great resource for those researching topics relating to Victorian military history.

The collection at the RUSI Library is extensive, deep and includes many rare, even unique, items of relevance to Victoria's military history. Of course there are numerous published books such as military histories, unit histories and the like, but also maps (including some amazing silk maps from World War II), manuscripts, pamphlets, posters, sheet music and diaries. They also make a particular point of sourcing hard-to-find rare publications put out by individuals or organisations that haven't made them widely available whenever they can, making sure these rare documents will be available for use and research by others.

Unfortunately their catalogue of holdings is not yet online (they are working on it), but you can arrange to visit to check their computerised database which is accessible onsite. As the RUSI Library is at Victoria Barracks which is a Defense Establishment, they cannot accommodate casual visits to their library, but they are happy to welcome visitors with appointments (with at least 24 hours notice). And if you are looking for a particular title, and especially if you have an ISBN, get in contact with RUSI Library for them to check for you.