Apr 26, 2017

A new library for Keilor

Keilor has a new library, and a new community hub, and they are having a grand opening on Saturday 29th April, 11am-2pm.

Congratulations Brimbank Libraries! We always like a new library for the community to enjoy.

Apr 13, 2017

The Fair Dinkums

Imagine it is mid 1915. Around these parts just a few months ago the community was jublilantly sending young men to war. Now the devastating news from Gallipoli has hit home and the community is reeling. The area around Essendon has been hit particularly hard - dozens of local men were killed at Gallipoli within days. But more recruits are still needed.

The men known as the "Fair Dinkums" weren't naive when they enlisted. These fruit pickers and farmers, bootmakers and blacksmiths, miners and mailmen of the 7th Battalion were a brave and ingenious bunch; just think of William Scurry, who went to school in Ascot Vale, and whose ingenuity led to the self-firing rifle mechanism that helped enable the safe evacuation of the ANZAC troops from Gallipoli.

Glenn McFarlane, experienced journalist and author of The Fair Dinkums, will share their heartbreaking, gutsy and remarkable stories with us at Sam Merrifield Library on Wednesday evening. Book online now.

Mar 23, 2017

Federal Gazettes, 1901-1957, on Trove

The wonderful Trove has recently added a great new resource: the Commonwealth of Australia Government Gazette from 1901-1957 is now available, and is even fully text searchable.

A notice advising of the retirement of a postmistress from Flemington

The Gazettes publicized a broad range of governmental administrivia as it happened, creating fascinating snapshots of the workings of the Australian federal government.

And as they are text searchable they could be an interesting source for family history. Government appointments are listed, as well the results of public service exams and the names of people taking out Australian citizens, so there is great potential to find out a little more about the lives and work of any ancestors who had interactions with the Australian government.

You'll find all kinds of notices: tender statements, governmental appointments, colonial despatches and legal decisions.

Mar 10, 2017

Now on at Avondale Heights Library - Writing the war: personal stories from WWI

From now until 30th April, the Writing the War exhibition is on at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre.

This exhibition, which helps commemorate 100 years since World War I, tells the stories of seven Australians through personal accounts.

We've also put together displays of original artefacts from the First World War which local people and organisations have very generously put forward for this exhibition.

There are fascinating (though often tragic) stories to learn about how local people contributed and were affected.

Thank you to Lenore Frost, David McCall, Essendon Historical Society, Essendon Rifles, Essendon RSL, East Keilor RSL, Stephen Hutton, Judy Maddigan and Moonee Valley City Council for lending artefacts for this exhibition.


Mar 1, 2017

Upcoming Events:

As part of Cultural Diversity Week and the Writing the War exhibition our libraries are hosting a series of events to showcase stories and events of WW1:

Diversity within the Australian Imperial Force
Local Historian Lenore Frost will look at the different migrant groups that helped make up the early Australian Imperial Force and their impact on society at home and abroad. 
Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington Library
Tuesday 21 March, 6.30pm-8pm
Book online (external link) or call 8325 1975

Uniting Cultures: poetry, food and song
Inspired by the exchange of sweets and tinned food between Turkish soldiers and ANZACs during World War I, this event celebrates cultures through poetry, food and song. Enjoy an evening of poetry readings, Turkish Anzac biscuits and music. 
Be part of Cultural Diversity Week. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights Library
Thursday 23 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Book online (external link) or call 8325 1940