Aug 1, 2014

Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study

The latest draft of the Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study is now available and council are seeking feedback from the public by Friday 29th August 2014.

The study aims to identify gaps in Moonee Valley’s heritage protection by identifying all places dating from the time of European contact which are of potential heritage value and not yet protected by a Heritage Overlay. It also sets out a prioritised work program that may be used to guide which heritage studies should be undertaken in the future. This particularly study does not set out to recommend heritage overlays, provide a detailed assessment of each identified place, or commit Council to any further heritage work. It sets out a prioritised work program that may be used to guide which heritage studies should be undertaken in the future

A print copy of the study is available for viewing at every branch of Moonee Valley Libraries. The study is also available online, where you can also access an interactive map of the study, submit your feedback, learn more about the study, and watch short videos that explain more about heritage in Moonee Valley.

Jul 26, 2014

Open House Melbourne - this weekend!

Love architecture? Love seeing behind the scenes? This weekend, 26 and 27th August, you can take a stickybeak in some of Melbourne's finest, most historic and most interesting buildings, because it is Open House weekend.

Check out the suggested itenaries on their website.

Jul 24, 2014

RHSV Conference: The Other Face of War

Interested in the history of the First World War and how it affected Victoria? The Royal Historical Society will be hosting an exhibition on the Australian Red Cross in the Great War and conference on the theme The Other Face of War: Victorians and the Home Front in the city this August.

The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday 8th August, and Dr Bart Ziino of Deakin University will give a lecture entitled At Home with the War: the Great War in Victorian Private Life.

The next day there will be numerous talks by a variety of authors and academics looking at how the First World War affected Victoria.

For more info, the full program, and how to book, see:

Jul 22, 2014

Remembering Fromelles

On the 19th July 1916 Australian troops took part in their first major offensive on the Western Front, the Battle of Fromelles. Over 7,000 Australians lost their lives.

A shell damaged farm near Fromelles. Photograph from the Australian War Memorial Collection.

In April this year a new museum opened in Northern France commemorating the Battle of Fromelles. This museum will be interest to those with ancestors who fought at Fromelles, as many men from this area did.

Learn more about the new musuem at: or about the Battle of Fromelles from the Australian War Memorial:


Jul 18, 2014

Family History Group and Family History Afternoon

We're starting a Family History Group based at Sam Merrifield Library in Moonee Ponds.

Come along for a family history themed afternoon, including the first meeting of the new group, on Tuesday 12th August.

Plus, there will also be a session on Researching Scottish Family History running from 2-3pm, so you can make it a whole afternoon of family history.

These events are both free, but bookings are necessary. Call 8325 1950 or book online at: