Apr 14, 2015

ANZAC Day talk: From here to Gallipoli

Join us next Tuesday evening as we commemorate the centenary of ANZAC Day at Sam Merrifield Library with a special talk about the local impact of Gallipoli and wider war on what is now the Moonee Valley area.

The local contribution and impact of the First World War was enormous, but is now not well known. Local Historian, Lenore Frost, will share some of this amazing, often tragic, history, particularly the stories of early World War One enlistees from Moonee Ponds and Essendon, several of them former cadets in the Essendon Rifles. Many of these men went on to serve as officers on other fronts, if they were first fortunate enough to have survived Gallipoli.

To book call Sam Merrifield Library on 8325 1950, or book online.

Apr 13, 2015

Pioneer women doctors in the First World War

The University of Melbourne have posted a fascinating article by Michelle Moo about Australian women who wanted to serve as doctors during the Great War.

Mary De Garis, (pictured above), for example, tried to enlist with the Australian Army Medical Corps. She was refused, but eventually found a role working with the Scottish Women's Hospitals who provided mobile medical units.

Mar 30, 2015

Find out about Flemington

Learn about the fascinating history of Flemington at our upcoming talk at Flemington Library.

Local identity John Dickie, a member of the Flemington Association and chair of its Heritage Committee, will deliver a talk on the history of the Flemington area. Come and listen to John share his knowledge on Flemington’s past and discover how it has developed into the rich multi-cultural suburb it is today. Following his talk, a staff member will give a presentation showcasing our online local/family history resources.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Book online.

Watercolour painting by Samuel Charles Brees, ca 1865, showing Flemington Hotel. From the State Library of Victoria.

Mar 18, 2015

Keilor's ANZAC Memory book launch this Saturday

This Saturday, 21 March, the book Keilor's ANZAC Memory will be launched by the Keilor Historical Society at Harrick's Cottage, Keilor Park.

This book records the history of recruits from the Shire of Keilor who served on active duty during the First World War.

The day will also feature an exhibition on the making of the book and the supporting DVD, other exhibits, afternoon tea and local history discussions.

Entry is by good coin donation. Open 12noon to 4pm. Harrick's Cottage is on Harrick Road, Keilor Park.

Find out more from the Brimbank Leader.

Feb 23, 2015

Upcoming events for the Family History Group

The Family History Group have some great activities and topics coming up, (Tuesdays, 1-3pm, at Sam Merrifield Library unless otherwise stated):
-24th February (tomorrow) – visit to the Essendon Historical Society Courthouse Museum.
-3rd March – Brick Walls and tracing soldiers
-10th March – general discussion and problem solving
-17th March – visit to PROV with presentations from PROV and ANA at 1pm , 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. There will be three (at least) cars going so if you don’t want to drive or take public transport then we will meet at the library around 12.30pm.
-24th March – Colleen will be speaking on her research into female convicts in Tasmania