Oct 3, 2014

The Life and Times of Hugh Ramsay: Essendon's Most Famous Painter

Painter Hugh Ramsay grew up in Essendon and was considered to be one of the great up and coming artists of his generation. Tragically his career came to an end when he was struck down with tuberculosis at age 29. But he left a legacy of brilliant and dynamic painting.

Self-portrait of Hugh Ramsay, from the National Gallery of Australia collection.

You can learn more about Ramsay's life and work at an upcoming talk at the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds, on Monday 13th October, 10am - 2pm. The talk is being given by Gregory Smith, President of The Victorian Artists Society. Book online or call 8325 1750.

Sep 30, 2014

A chance to share your stories of Moonee Valley

As part of the upcoming Seniors' Month Festival we're hosting an event to collect stories and reminiscences about the local area.

Have you lived in Moonee Valley for a long time, or do you know someone who has? Do you remember milk being delivered by horse and cart in Essendon? Or have interesting reminiscences of your primary school in Niddrie? Was your street completely different, and maybe you have some photos you could share with us? Or perhaps you want to tell us about your Mum and Dad, and what life was like for them back when you were just a kid? Whatever your story, if you think it adds to a picture of the history of Moonee Valley we would love to hear it - and perhaps even record it to be added to our collection for use by researchers of the future. Bring along your stories, reminiscences, photos or souvenirs - and and appetite for afternoon tea.

Plus we'll have some interesting items from the library's Community Heritage collection to share with you too.

Moonee Valley Memories is happening on Wednesday 8 October, 2-4pm, at Sam Merrifield Library.

This event is free but bookings are necessary. Call 8325 1950 or book online.

Sep 26, 2014

Book of Remembrance at the Essendon Historical Society

A book recording the names of soldiers who died during the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War has just been donated to the Essendon Historical Society. This book was donated by the 58th/32nd Battalion.

The Book of Remembrance is being exhibited at the Essendon Historical Society's museum, the Moonee Ponds Courthouse museum (cnr of Mt Alexander Rd and Kellaway Ave, Moonee Ponds). Open Sundays 2-5pm.

For more on this story see the Herald Sun article, and also the clarifying note by local historian Lenore Frost(see comments below).

Sep 25, 2014

Upcoming topics for the Family History Group - Sept/Oct/Nov 2014

Here are the upcoming topics for the Family History Group for the next 4 weeks:
Each session will open with group problem solving, then move onto the weekly assigned topic or presentation, and then finish with "free time" for research/chat/anything.
    30 September: What details are needed for each person researched?andScanning documents and photos
    7 October: Wills and probateandConvicts and criminal records
    14 Oct: Scanning documents and photos
    21 Oct: Online newspapers on Trove
    28 Oct: Producing charts
    11 Nov: Possible guest speaker - to be confirmed

Want to join the group? Come along to Sam Merrifield Library, Tuesdays 1-3pm. No need to book, just drop in.

Sep 22, 2014

For what it's worth...

The Campaspe Genealogy blog has alerted me to a website that could be very useful for anyone looking to convert historical prices to today's amounts: Measuring Worth.

For example, if you found that your Great Grandfather was left £100 in a will, you could use this site to get an idea of what that amount is equivalent to now. Created by two academics, it includes information relevant to the UK, US and Australia going right back to the ̃1700s.