May 17, 2012

National Family History Week

National Family History Week will be held from 27 July to 5th August 2012 and to celebrate there will be  more than 200 events held throughout Australia.
For details of local events or how you can become involved visit the website


May 11, 2012

Family History Magazines

Moonee Valley Library Service has several magazine subscriptions that may be of interest to anyone researching their family history.

Ancestor: quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Australian Family Tree Connections
Family Tree Magazine: your ancestors, your history

All three magazines have a great mix of history and tips and apart from the latest issue are available to borrow. Check them out for yourself at Sam Merrifield Library.


May 7, 2012


I love taking the time to look for building ghosts whenever I walk around the streets of an old town or area like Moonee Ponds. The ghosts of long lost buildings and businesses are everywhere when you start to look. You can see them in faded advertising signs on the side of buildings or above shop verandahs. Some buildings even have names built into the fabric of the building in brick or concrete, the last remnants of once thriving businesses.  Sometimes you see shadows of former buildings that have been pulled down. The remains of a staircase, painted or wallpapered walls where once there was a dwelling or business.  These are my favourite shadows and I find myself wondering about the people who worked and lived in these now gone buildings.  Who were they, what did they do, where have they gone?  The Sands and McDougall’s and other resources in the local history room can help flesh out some of these ghosts, but sometimes I must confess, I like to leave them as they are. Ghosts of the past and markers of the changing nature of the urban landscape.