Aug 31, 2017

Spring Events of "Historic Importance"

Spring has almost Sprung, and we've just released our Spring What's On at your library brochure. Find a copy at one of our branches, or online here.

Take a look to discover a wide range of activities, workshops, classes and talks happening in the next few months, including several that are likely to be of interest to people with an interest in history, such as a memoir writing workshop, an author talk about Flying Boat routes to Australia, and a vintage costume expert discussing Melbourne Cup fashion. To book, call the branch associated with the event, book in person, or book online.

Our Family History Group, which meets weekly at Sam Merrifield Libraries on Tuesdays, 1-3pm, also continues to thrive. No bookings needed for this one, just drop in.

The programs and events mentioned here are just a very small sample of the range of activities on offer this Spring.

Enjoy the lovely Spring-like weather for however long it lasts. And hopefully we'll see you in the library for one of our "historic events" this Spring.

Aug 9, 2017

Moonee Ponds School Prep class C1900

This photo was kindly donated to the library by Lenore Frost.  ( )

We believe it was taken around 1900.

Class photo of a prep grade taken by W. (William) Edmends (1867? - 1929). Edmends had premises in the local area, in Moonee Ponds and Brunswick. He took many school class photographs across Melbourne in the early 1900s.
Note on the back of photo says: c1900 Moonee Ponds School, Melb no 3901

Aug 3, 2017

Calling all oral historians

Oral History Victoria (OHV) are offering $250 prizes to the winners of their two annual oral history awards. Up for grabs are the OHV Community Innovation Award and the OHV Education Innovation Award.
Applications close on the 1st of September, 2017.

Aug 1, 2017

Do you recognise either of the faces in this photograph?

This photo was kindly donated to the library by Lenore Frost.  ( )
We believe it was taken in the period 1910 -1920.

The photograph was taken by Ruth Hollick (1883 - 1977)

Born 17 March 1883 Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Died 7 April 1977 Sandringham, Victoria,

Ruth Hollick was a well-connected and award-winning society photographer based in Melbourne, whose work was exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. Hollick's career spanned 70 years, and she is recognised as one of Australia's most successful professional photographers.  (from Australian Women's Register - )

Ruth worked from a studio in her parent's Moonee Ponds home from around the start of WWI before moving to a studio in the city.

For more information on Ruth Hollick:

Jul 29, 2017

Awesome Art this August at Avondale Heights

Patrick Francis is a local athlete, illustrator, award winning artist, volunteer and autism ambassador who promotes positive awareness of autism, intellectual disability and multiculturalism through his art.

We'll be hosting a small exhibition of Patrick Francis' work, Awegust for Awetism, at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre this August.

You can also check out his work on his website.