Jul 12, 2016

Rare Book Week 2016

Rare Book Week is back for 2016 with over 40 events planned throughout the city starting this week. This is a chance to discover some rarities in your collection with free appraisals, talks on travel books, sports books, discussions on the history of Penguin books and so much more.

Events will be held throughout the CBD from Thursday 14 - 24 July and will include the Rare Book Fair where exhibitors will be selling hard to find items.

Visit www.rarebookweek.com for more information about events and activities.

Jun 29, 2016

Fire at Essendon Historical Society

As many of you might know, on Monday there was a fire at the Moonee Ponds Courthouse, home to the Essendon Historical Society and it's museum. While it was lucky there was no one there substantial damage was done to the building itself, with the roof and the main chamber suffering severe damage.

However thanks to the efforts of MFB firefighters most of the records, photographs, rate books and more have thankfully been saved from damage.













At this stage we are still waiting for information as to the total cost of the damage as well as what has been lost, however we will keep people updated when we find out.

For those who are interested in helping our the Essendon Historical Society, please contact them via email at: esshissoc@mail.com or mail them at: PO Box 557, Essendon, 3040

 Photographs taken by Suzanne Balding.

Jun 24, 2016

Family History Month 2016

National Family History Month is back for 2016! Happening in August, this national event aims to highlight and promote family history research. Along with getting research tips on how to find that long lost uncle, learn how to better tell your family story and present your findings to the world.

To find events near you visit: http://familyhistorymonth.org.au/

For those who live close to Moonee Valley, visit our Eventbrite page here.

Jun 6, 2016

2016 Federal Election Ephemera

Election fever has hit again, and the National Library is after election material from our area.


What do they want?


-Printed federal election campaign material: leaflets, how-to-vote cards, letters to constituents, stickers, badges or posters. Basically anything printed to promote a party or candidate, or to lobby on election issues like education funding, immigration, marriage equality, taxation, Pistol and Boo....
No item - or issue - is too small!

-Original published material, rather than photocopies, scans or digital files.

- Hot tips and recommendations for election-related websites might digitally archive: pass these on via the PANDORA nomination form.

- Some election-related satire and a bit of silly stuff (like the 2013 Boney Abbott and Chewlia Gillard dog toys), as well as commercial tie-in product advertising like the Muffin Break “Bean Poll” counter displays or Nick Xenophon’s empty Pyne pizza box.

Why do they want it, and what do they do with it all?

- The National Library is keen to ensure a permanent documentary record Australia’s political history is publicly available: despite being quite annoying during the campaign, this material is important primary documentation that provides a unique perspective into Australia’s political landscape and social life.

- The Library gathers and preserves printed election campaign materials for every Australian federal election, the collection dates back to Federation in 1901.

- It is used in many ways by many people, including students, historians, journalists, biographers - and sometimes even the politicians themselves.

How can you get it to them?

-Contact the library to arrange for courier collection on (02) 6262 1180 or email them on calderse@nal.gov.au

-People can also post item to the library via their Reply Paid address:

Ephemera Officer

Printed Australiana - National Library of Australia

Reply Paid 83281

PARKES ACT 2600


What don’t they want?

· Material for state and local government elections

· Photocopies, photographs or digital scans of the material

· Overly enormous objects or banners.

· Clippings or adverts cut out of journals and papers.


Can't the parties and politicians send their stuff instead?

They do, but they are not very reliable. They get very busy during a campaign, and tend not to keep copies of their own material, so it's up to the public to help. 

To find out more visit https://www.nla.gov.au/ephemera/federal-election-campaigns 

May 25, 2016

SODA images

Have you heard about SODA?

It stands for Stream of Digital Archives and was created by the National Archives of Australia to let people know about new images that are upload to their collection. The National Archives uploads between 50-1000 digital copies a day and upwards of 15,000 a month.

All images are open and available to the public. What's different about SODA is that not only can you access and view these items, but you can share them through social media, export it as a PDF or email it a friend or family member. 

Some of the things you can find on SODA include war graves records cards, cabinet minutes, enlistment photographs, reparation records and so much more.

So have a look at SODA today.

Visit:http://soda.naa.gov.au/