Dec 22, 2009

Australian Medical Pioneers Index

This index lists over 3,000 pioneer doctors from the 1700s through to 1875, features include colonial medical life, ships' surgeons, general practitioners. The Australian Medical Pioneers Index draws on material from sources such as medical registers, newspapers, pictorial archives, hospital histories and early medical publications.

Dec 15, 2009

New Family History Book @Moonee Valley Library Service



The Irish Vanguard by genealogist Barbara Hall which was recently released is the fifth and final book in her Ireland to Botany Bay series, tells the story of The Queen and the convicts that travelled to Australia in 1790 and will help to shed light on an important chapter in Irish Australian history. The book is located at 929.3944 HAL

Dec 11, 2009

Malakoff Castle, Maribyrnong

Raleigh's Punt on the Maribyrnong River, Malakoff Castle in background. c. 1870-1900. Image belongs to the Sam Merrifield Library Local History Photo Collection.

Malakoff Castle was built in 1846 by Mr Joseph Raleigh and was a well known landmark which stood on the summit of the Maribyrnong hill overlooking the Saltwater River now called the Maribyrnong River. The building initially was used as a shepherd's lookout by the owner of a station property which surrounded Maribyrnong. In shape it resembled a castle-like appearance with a tower and a weather-vane, the tower was built in the late 1840's or early 1850's and was built of bluestone from the quarries nearby. The building was demolished in the 1920s.


Dec 9, 2009

Index to Wills & Letters of Administration from 1824-1989

Archives Office Tasmania (Australia) now has digitised transcriptions of Wills and Letters of Administration from 1824-1989 online and are free to download.

Dec 1, 2009

The Irish Times Digital Archive -Free Access

To conclude the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of The Irish Times, the Archive will be free to access from November 30th to December 14th, 2009. You will be able to immerse yourself in the social, political and cultural history of the last 150 years and explore family and local histories or browse the newspaper for news about daily life as recorded over several generations.