Nov 24, 2016

Ascot Vale Library is over the hill!

Back in November 1976 Ascot Vale Library held their Grand Opening...
 Montage from an Essendon Gazette article, from 1976, about the opening.

Now Ascot Vale Library is turning 40...
Library 40th Celebration invite

The building has recently been refurbished, inside and out, and is all ready for a big celebration this Saturday 26th November, 10am - 1pm.

Nov 14, 2016

Something new to listen to...

One of my library colleagues has recommended the Dead & Buried podcasts, a new series of interviews about all kinds of diverse and intriguing aspects of Melbourne history, including crime, civil disobedience, love and loss.

Nov 7, 2016

Are you descended from the Noshe family?

Essendon Gazette, November 12, 1975 (p. 22),

While researching something else entirely, I stumbled across this article and photo from the Essendon Gazette, showing the family reunion in Essendon of 150 descendants of Pauline and Wilhelm Noshe, who migrated from Germany to Australia in the early 1850s. The photo shows some of the family who attended the big Noshe family reunion forty years ago, back in 1975.

Oct 25, 2016

Essendon Rotary & Essendon Historical Society Train Event

To help raise funds for the restoration of the Moonee Ponds Courthouse the Essendon Rotary Club and Essendon Historical Society are holding a steam train ride day on Sunday 20 November 2016. 

Departing from Essendon Station there are 5 trips going to: 

  • Box Hill return 
  • Wyndham Vale return 
  • Broadmeadows return  
  • Newport via Broadmeadows one way 

Prices vary between $25 - $50 for an adult ticket with children and family booking available. For bookings visit:

H Class Steam Locomotive hauling Albury Express passenger train at Essendon in 1949. Sourced from PROV ( with written permission. 

Sep 9, 2016

PROV on Flickr

Have you checked out the Public Records Office of Victoria's Flickr account? With thousands of images looking at all aspects of Victorian life, this is well worth a look. From transport images like the test run of the Spirit of Progress train down to Geelong and back before it began it's service to Albury daily, to images of the construction of the City Loop, the collapse of the West Gate Bridge, the fashions of Victoria over the years and so much more.

So if you feel nostalgic or want to learn more about Victoria's past, visit: