May 18, 2015

Family History Group meeting tomorrow

Come along to tomorrow's meeting (19th May 2015) of the Family History Group at Sam Merrifield Library, from 1-3pm.
The group will be looking at the following topics:
    Problem solving our brick walls
    Using Family Search https://familysearch.org/search
    Using microfiche reader – old church records

Apr 30, 2015

Family History Group - Topics for May 2015

The Family History Group that meets each Tuesday 1-3pm at Sam Merrifield Library have set the following topics for their next two meetings:

Tues 5 May:
1. Problem solving – bring your brick wall or problem.
2. Ancestry – Sandra
Also, Val is going to bring her family history and travel books.

Tues 12 May:
1. Problem solving – bring your brick wall or problem.
2. Using the booklet option in Word to record information.
Also, Lorraine is going to bring her family history books.

You can also bring your examples of family histories so the group can all see the different ways this research can be published.

Apr 29, 2015

Heritage walk in Flemington and Kensington this Sunday

Lenore Frost will be leading a guided heritage walk through Flemington, Kensington and Newmarket this Sunday, 3rd May, 2.30-4.00pm. This walk, presented by the National Trust, will highlight how the area was impacted by the First World War.

For details on how to book, and more information, see Lenore's blog post here.

Apr 14, 2015

ANZAC Day talk: From here to Gallipoli

Join us next Tuesday evening as we commemorate the centenary of ANZAC Day at Sam Merrifield Library with a special talk about the local impact of Gallipoli and wider war on what is now the Moonee Valley area.

The local contribution and impact of the First World War was enormous, but is now not well known. Local Historian, Lenore Frost, will share some of this amazing, often tragic, history, particularly the stories of early World War One enlistees from Moonee Ponds and Essendon, several of them former cadets in the Essendon Rifles. Many of these men went on to serve as officers on other fronts, if they were first fortunate enough to have survived Gallipoli.

To book call Sam Merrifield Library on 8325 1950, or book online.

Apr 13, 2015

Pioneer women doctors in the First World War

The University of Melbourne have posted a fascinating article by Michelle Moo about Australian women who wanted to serve as doctors during the Great War.

Mary De Garis, (pictured above), for example, tried to enlist with the Australian Army Medical Corps. She was refused, but eventually found a role working with the Scottish Women's Hospitals who provided mobile medical units.