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


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.


May 18, 2016

Family History Online Classes June/July

Item source: Moonee Valley Libraries
Begin investigating your own family history with these classes which will give you an introduction to the online databases Ancestry, Find My Past and Trove.

Learn the skills and techniques needed to discover the details of your family’s past. 

The best part, it's free!

Classes will run:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Sam Merrifield Library - 762 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
To book for this class click here or call 8325 1950

Thursday, 16 June 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Niddrie Library - 483 Keilor Rd, Niddrie, VIC 3042
To book for this class click here or call 8325 1925

Friday, 15 July 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre - 69-79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights, VIC 3034
To book for this class click here or call 8325 1940

May 10, 2016

Writing a Non Boring Family History workshop

You’ve done the research, now learn how to write up the results. Over two workshops, Hazel Edwards, author of 'Writing a Non Boring Family History', will teach you how to interview relatives and shape their stories. Various publishing formats such as e-stories, photographic and audio stories are covered. Leave a lasting legacy for future generations.  

The first class is on Monday 2 June and the second and final class is on Monday 9 June. Classes run from 6:00 pm for 2 hours. A non-refundable fee of $40, which covers both sessions, can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. This program is aimed adult-learners.

For concession holders this is free. Please call the library to book on 8325 1950.

To book online, click here.