Jul 27, 2009

Free Seminar - Family History for Beginners

The Prahran Mechanics' Institute Victorian History Library, 140 High Street, Prahran will be having a seminar on Organising and Caring for Family History Documents. Alison Boundy is a retired teacher-librarian and has a long association with the Genealogical Society of Victoria library. Christine Worthingham, librarian at the PMI will be having a session on Introduction to Computers and Genealogy, Christine's talk will cover computerised resources, information storage and family history websites, beginners welcome. Afternoon tea provided - Seats are limited and bookings are essential - 9510 3393 or library@pmi.net.au.

Family History Week



The Family History Week will run from the 1st August -9th August, 2009. The State Library of Victoria together with the National Archives of Australia (Victorian Office), Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations will be presenting a day of free information sessions for family history researchers. The program is on Monday 3rd August, 2009, 10am-4pm. Bookings essential, to book call 03 9348 5600 or 1800 657 452 (toll free) or email reception@prov.vic.gov.au.

Jul 23, 2009

Sam Merrifield Library Archive Collection


The Sam Merrifield Library has a collection of material that is fragile and of historic importance to the local area. At the moment we are scanning some images to make the items more accessible to the public. A collection of circulating books from the 1930's-1950's is part of this collection. Circulating libraries were a part of Melbourne life, the earliest being the Melbourne Athenauem in Collins Street founded in 1839 and still going strong today. At a more local level Eric Stinton established a subscription library to his newsagency in 1928, known as Stintons Hygienic Book Club in Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds. For more information on the history of circulating libraries in Melbourne go to The Latrobe Journal and the article 'Choose your author as you would choose a fri end' : circulating libraries in Melbourne, 1930-1960.

Jul 10, 2009

Discover your Italian Family History

Italians in Melbourne have contributed to the rich history of our community. Tracing your own family history however is not always so easy. Dr Paolo Baracchi from CoAsIt (Comitato Assistenza Italiani) outlines the fundamentals of researching Italian family history. Saturday August 8, 2pm Free, but bookings necessary. Call 8325 1950

Objects that tell stories about Italian migration and settlement in Australia


The Italian Historical Society - CoAsIt is happy to announce that a permanent exhibition about Italians in Australia will be opening at the CoAsIt building in Carlton during the second half of next year 2010. Part of the project is to tell stories through the display of three-dimensional objects; the society is requesting assistance from the the community to suggest items that might be of interest in telling the story of Italian culture with a focus on Carlton as Melbourne's traditional Italian quarter. At the moment the society is not collecting objects. For information (English or Italian), call Paolo Baracchi (Italian Historical Society, CoAsIt) on (03) 9349 9021, or email ihs@coasit.com.au

A Family History Feast @ SLV

On Monday the 3rd August, 2009 between 10am-4pm the State Library of Victoria will be the venue for a program of free information sessions for family history researchers, including the annual Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) Don Grant Lecture. Sessions will be presented by the National Archives of Australia (Victorian Office), Public Records Office Victoria, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited, call 03 9348 5600 or 1800 657 452 (toll free) or email reception@prov.vic.gov.au This program is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in family history and to meet like-minded people.