Apr 23, 2014

Can you identify any of these Methodist Footballers from Moonee Ponds?

This image shows the Moonee Ponds Methodist Football Club of 1914.

Two players, Sid Latimer and Cecil Seccombe, have been identified, but Lenore Frost is trying to identify the rest of the players, particularly any who may have enlisted in the First World War, for her database of local volunteers, The Empire Called and I Answered.

The team were most likely drawn from the congregation of the Moonee Ponds Methodist Church, (formerly the Wesleyan Church) of Gladstone Street, pictured below.

Picture from The Building and Engineering Journal, November 22, 1890.


Apr 17, 2014

Exploring World War I Family History

As the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the Gallipoli landings approach, many people are seeking to explore the stories of family members involved in the conflict.

This is why we've created an online guide to researching ANZACs. This guide takes you through some of the basic steps and resources that you can use to research the life and career of a member of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in WWI.

In May, we'll also be having an introductory presentation that showcases how to use selected online resources to begin researching your own family's WWI history. At Sam Merrifield Library on Monday 5th May, 7pm.

For more, see our events page.

Book online: mooneevalleylibraries.eventbrite.com.au or call 8325 1950.


Apr 15, 2014

National Trust Heritage Festival and Moonee Ponds Heritage Walks

The National Trust's Heritage Festival is running nationwide through-out April and May, with talks, walks, tours, train trips, exhibitions and all sorts of other events.

For example, the Essendon Historical Society are running a couple of heritage walks in Moonee Ponds. I've done some of their heritage walks in the past, and I highly recommend them as a great way to discover all kinds of historical secrets about the area that you would never guess.

Check out the Heritage Festival program online.


Apr 12, 2014

Anzac Day Talk: On Dangerous Ground: A Gallipolli Story

For our Anzac Day Talk this year Professor Bruce Scates will be discussing his novel On Dangerous Ground at Niddrie Library (Thursday 24th April, 2pm).

This novel explores issues around commemoration and loss emanating from the ill founded military adventure in 1915. It fuses the author’s extensive research and knowledge with imaginative history.

Author Professor Bruce Scates is the Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. He has led historical tours of the battlefields and commemorative sites of the Great War.

Book online: mooneevalleylibraries.eventbrite.com.au or call 8325 1950.


Apr 10, 2014

Journey to the goldfields: a walk in North Melbourne

Hotham History are hosting a history walk this Saturday in North Melbourne which allows people to Rrtrace the steps of pioneers, follow part of the route they took to the goldfields, and listen to historical stories as they walk through North Melbourne.

Meet at the seats at St Mary Star of the Sea in Victoria St, North Melbourne at 1.50pm.

For more information see the events page of Hotham History website.

And if you are interested in North Melbournian local history check out their page for more.