Dec 7, 2017

Sands and McDougall directories online

The State Library of Victoria have digitized a series of Sands & McDougall directories.  This is wonderful news for people researching the history of their family or their home.  One in every five directories, dating from 1860 to 1974, are available online.  

The directories have three main sections - an alphabetical listing of surnames; a house by house, street by street listing within each suburb, and a trades and professions alphabetical listing. There are other smaller lists which include government departments, societies, churches and municipalities.

The directories are useful researching the history of a house, and the street listings can be used in conjunction with the rate books.

You can access the directories at

Nov 3, 2017

Meet the author: Michael Smith

Adventurer and author, Michael Smith, retraced 1930s Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am flying boat routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York. Voyage of the Southern Sun describes this remarkable global odyssey.

Free bookings necessary.
Sam Merrifield Library
Monday 13 November

Presented by Collins Booksellers Moonee Ponds in proud partnership with Moonee Valley Libraries.

Book now.

Oct 30, 2017

Family History Group summer break dates

Moonee Valley Libraries' Family History Group will hold their last meeting for 2017 on Tuesday 5th December, 1-3pm, at Sam Merrifield Library.

FHG Meetings for 2018 will recommence on Tuesday 6th February, at the same time and place.

All our family history resources, like the Digger indexes, Find my Past, Ancestry, various microfiches and films and much, much more, remain accessible as usual. Feel free to continue to visit us at the usual time (or any other time we're open) if you wish.

The Family History Group is open to new members, with any level of experience. Just drop in on a Tuesday at Sam Merrifield between 1-3pm, or speak to staff about having your name added to the mailing list.


Oct 20, 2017

Hidden Melbourne

If you love pictures of historic Melbourne, check out this site:

This interactive site uses high resolution pictures, panoramas, photos and maps from the State Library of Victoria collections, like this one.
You can click through to find lots of fascinating images of different sites in the early town and then rapidly growing city. Below, for example, is a view from 1855.
And here is Melbourne by 1881!
Definitely worth a look. Thanks to Barney Meyer for creating the site, and to State Library of Victoria for collecting and digitising the wonderful images.

Sep 27, 2017

Historic Hotels

Moonee Valley has been the home of many significant pubs over the generations, with many now sadly demolished or with extensive alterations.  The Quiet Man Hotel in Racecourse Road, Flemington  - on the border of Moonee Valley - has been marked as a development site, with a proposal for the old hotel  to be demolished.  This follows on from the controversial demolition of the Corkman Irish Hotel in Carlton.

Moonee Valley Library has some historic photographs in the collection of some hotels in the area.  If you have any old photos of local hotels we would love to see them - contact the Community Heritage Librarian on 8325 1950.

The Royal Historical Society also has a current exhibition "Standing on the Corner" featuring hotels and other prominent corner buildings around old Melbourne.

This photo from the library collection shows the Moonee Ponds Hotel at Moonee Ponds Junction.  The hotel was demolished in the mid 1970s.
Moonee Ponds Hotel circa 1975

The site Walking Melbourne site also has some interesting photos of Moonee Ponds Junction and the local area.