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

Feb 15, 2017

Back to school

School is in for 2017
As you take your children and grandchildren back to school you may notice the historic buildings that are part of the schools in our area.
You can find images of some local schools in the library catalogue, as well as some written school histories in the Heritage collection.  Follow this link to see a listing of titles.
Do you have any photos of showing local schools or class photos, especially from 1920s - 1980s?  We'd love to see them and hear the stories behind the photographs, and to add a copy to our heritage collection.  Please contact Julia (8325 1961) or Meredith (8325 1937) at the Library if you can help.

                            McCraken Street, Kensington, with the Kensington State School 1940-1950

Coming up:  Family History events at the library in February and March.....

Online Family History
Avondale Heights
Wednesday 22 February, 1pm-3pm
Begin investigating your own family history with this 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. Free, bookings necessary via Eventbrite or phone 8325 1940
Tracing your World War I ancestors
Niddrie Library
Thursday 16 March 2017 11am – 12pm
Uncover the truth about the soldier in your family. Learn how the smallest piece of information is enough to begin
your journey of discovery.

Free, bookings necessary via Eventbrite or phone 8325 1925