Nov 10, 2014

Talk on tonight at the library: At home with the war

There are still spots for the talk on at Sam Merrifield Library tonight in honour of Remembrance Day: At home with the war: The Great War in Victorian private life.

This presentation examines how World War One was experienced in Victoria. It draws on personal letters and diaries to tell a story of the war as an individual, familial, and communal trial. Through an examination of anxieties over loved ones at the front, it offers new ways of understanding the costs of the war and the capacities of Victorians to meet and endure its demands.

Dr Bart Ziino teaches history at Deakin University. His previous book was A distant grief: Australians, war graves and the Great War.

This talk is free. To book call the library on 8325 1950.

Oct 28, 2014

Upcoming talk for the Family History Group: Essendon Historical Society

On Tuesday 18th Novemember Bob Chalmers, President of the Essendon Historical Society, will drop in to give a talk to the Family History Group.

This group is open to anyone who would like to come along. Just drop in on a Tuesday at 1pm at Sam Merrifield Library. The group meets from 1-3pm.

Oct 3, 2014

The Life and Times of Hugh Ramsay: Essendon's Most Famous Painter

Painter Hugh Ramsay grew up in Essendon and was considered to be one of the great up and coming artists of his generation. Tragically his career came to an end when he was struck down with tuberculosis at age 29. But he left a legacy of brilliant and dynamic painting.

Self-portrait of Hugh Ramsay, from the National Gallery of Australia collection.

You can learn more about Ramsay's life and work at an upcoming talk at the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds, on Monday 13th October, 10am - 2pm. The talk is being given by Gregory Smith, President of The Victorian Artists Society. Book online or call 8325 1750.

Sep 30, 2014

A chance to share your stories of Moonee Valley

As part of the upcoming Seniors' Month Festival we're hosting an event to collect stories and reminiscences about the local area.

Have you lived in Moonee Valley for a long time, or do you know someone who has? Do you remember milk being delivered by horse and cart in Essendon? Or have interesting reminiscences of your primary school in Niddrie? Was your street completely different, and maybe you have some photos you could share with us? Or perhaps you want to tell us about your Mum and Dad, and what life was like for them back when you were just a kid? Whatever your story, if you think it adds to a picture of the history of Moonee Valley we would love to hear it - and perhaps even record it to be added to our collection for use by researchers of the future. Bring along your stories, reminiscences, photos or souvenirs - and and appetite for afternoon tea.

Plus we'll have some interesting items from the library's Community Heritage collection to share with you too.

Moonee Valley Memories is happening on Wednesday 8 October, 2-4pm, at Sam Merrifield Library.

This event is free but bookings are necessary. Call 8325 1950 or book online.

Sep 26, 2014

Book of Remembrance at the Essendon Historical Society

A book recording the names of soldiers who died during the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War has just been donated to the Essendon Historical Society. This book was donated by the 58th/32nd Battalion.

The Book of Remembrance is being exhibited at the Essendon Historical Society's museum, the Moonee Ponds Courthouse museum (cnr of Mt Alexander Rd and Kellaway Ave, Moonee Ponds). Open Sundays 2-5pm.

For more on this story see the Herald Sun article, and also the clarifying note by local historian Lenore Frost(see comments below).