Jul 29, 2010

10th Annual Fireside Reading - The Seven Ages of Man

The Essendon Historical Society will be hosting their annual fireside reading on Saturday 31st July, 2010 commencing at 1.45pm, $10 admission, to support the restoration of the historic 120 year old Courthouse. Enjoy rehearsed readings from classic literature by experienced, costumed readers from the historical society. Enjoy the open fire, take in the ambience of the Old Courthouse by candlelight, afternoon tea included. Location 768 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, Phone 9370 4607.

Burke and Wills - 150th Anniversary



Queens Park, Moonee Ponds is recognised as the site where Burke and Wills made camp on the first night of their fateful journey in 1860. In this year of the 150th anniversary The State Library of Victoria has an interesting collection of Burke and Wills material; and for those who think that they might have had family involved, note the sections Eager Explorers and Portraits with the list of applicants and participants. Wikipedia has many pages about the people involved. A search for 'Burke and Wills trail' at Picture Australia results in 12 images. There are more articles about the Expedition on the National Library of Australia's website: Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1854. Many celebrations are being planned for the 150th Anniversary and a good starting point to see what is planned is the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The expedition is sponsored by the Royal Society of Victoria.

Jul 26, 2010

New Ancestry Database - New South Wales, Australia, Cowra Military Camps Personnel Photo Index, 1905-1970

This data collection contains index of photographs taken of Armed Forces Personnel stationed at Cowra Camps and POW Camps during World War II. The indexes were made from images of over 4,000 of the soliders who trained at Cowra Military Camp prior to embarking for overseas during World War II.

Jul 20, 2010

New Local History Book

A book on the history of St. Bernards College, Essendon has been added to the Sam Merrifield Local History Collection, titled 'Murphy's Lore and other stories' edited by Paul Kennedy Call No. LH 373.9451 MUR. The work comprises recollections of numerous former students and staff of, and others associated with, St. Bernard's College.

Jul 13, 2010

Exhibition: "Forgotten Faces"

To coincide with our Chinese family history session the library will have on display the exhibition "Forgotten Faces: Chinese and the Law". This travelling set of displays has been put together by the Public Records Office and uses prison photographs and other documents from the late nineteenth century to tell the story of Chinese immigrants to Australia. The exhibition will be on display at the Sam Merrifield Library from the 26th July to the 18th August, 2010.