Oct 9, 2015

Family History Group Upcoming Dates

Are you interested in learning about your past? If so come along to the Moonee Valley Libraries Family History Group on every Tuesday at the Sam Merrifield Library located at 762 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039.

The schedule for the next few weeks is:

13 October - Looking at Trove from the National Library of Australia as part of your family research
20 October - Peter Holloway talking about Heritage Publishing
27 October - Come in with any issues that you might be having with your research for other members of the group to have a look at.
3 November - Melbourne Cup Day (No Meeting)
10 November - David will be discussing Land Titles and history research

So come along and uncover something new about your past!

Oct 6, 2015

100 Places for 100 Years: Victorian War Heritage Trails

The State Government of Victoria working with the Heritage Council of Victoria and Heritage Victoria  has created the 100 Places for 100 Years heritage trail app and brochure.

This will guide people to 100 sites that recognise the contribution of men and women who served in a range of conflicts from the Boer War, World War One and the Vietnam War to more recent conflicts in the Middle East.

The app covers 60 towns in Victoria and also covers Moonee Valley's own Queens Park monument to those who served in both the Boer War and the First World War in Moonee Ponds.

With the app, you are guided through each site with historical narratives, videos and links with more information.

A set of eight companion, location-specific brochures that can be downloaded for those who don't have a mobile device or want to use paper.

To download the app or the brochure, visit the ANZAC Centenary site here.

Map of the Heritage trail through the suburbs of Melbourne (http://anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/WarHeritageTrail-MelbourneSub.pdf)

Sep 25, 2015

Remembering Moonee Valley and Melbourne through Maps

Earlier this year Nathaniel Jeffery developed http://1945.melbourne/, a website where you can see what Melbourne looked like 70 years ago and compare it with the Melbourne we all love today. Using aerial images created by the former Department of Crown Lands and Survey in 1945 just after the conclusion of the Second World War, he has been able to create this website.

If you're interested in finding out what your suburb used to look like, or like me if you want to know if your suburb even existed (mine didn't) you can visit his website.

If you want to get even more in-depth and view the maps as individual images you can visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning who have put up the maps online and free to download. just select what area you wish to view then click on the scale that your suburb was taken in and select the area you wish to view.

To view the sliding map of Melbourne and Victoria from 1945 and 2015 visit:


To view and download maps of Melbourne and Victoria from the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning visit:


Below are maps of Moonee Valley taken in 1945. As you can see the area wasn't developed until much later in the Century.

Map 1 Avondale Heights
Map 2 Essendon Airport, Airport West and Strathmore
Map 3 Moonee Ponds and Essendon
Map 4 Flemington and Footscray.

Images courtesy of Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Sep 11, 2015

Flashback Fridays

Did you know about our #FlashbackFriday campaign?

Moonee Valley Libraries is trying to highlight some memories from yesteryear and we want your help.

If you have a photo from somewhere in Moonee Valley and would like to share it with us so we can use it on our Facebook page, comment below or email the library service with your image and ask to forward it to the history department at:


To find out more, check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/mooneevalleylibraries

Sep 8, 2015

State Library of Victoria ST Gill Seminar

Are you looking for something to do in September? Feel the desire to learn something new about Colonial Victoria?

Overlanders by S.T Gill
Image sourced from the State Library of Victoria

As part of its Making Public Histories seminar series the State Library of Victoria presents a seminar on the work of artist ST Gill on Tuesday 29 September from 6:00pm. 

It focuses on Gill as an 'eyewitness' to colonial life in 19th-century Australia. It will also look at how historians have used Gill's works to make sense of the colonial past, from the Victorian goldfields to horse racing.
To book for this free event click the link for the event page here.