Mar 25, 2013

Thursday Talks at GSV

In April the Genealogical Society of Victoria will be offering the following lunch time talks.

April 4th
 Not just a Housewife-
Women's work in 1700's to 1800's UK
Ada Ackerly

April 11th
Mining Ancestors - England
Vicki Montgomery

April 18th
Where did they go? Moving around in England
Jenny Redman

GSV members free, non-members $8.00
Time 12.30 - 1.30pm
Level B1, 257 Collins St,
PH 9662 4455

Mar 19, 2013

Obsolete Technology

I have been going through photos and letters at home in the hope of putting some order into my own Family History Collection. As I was going through some boxes I discovered a floppy disc that I had saved my father's eulogy on. Like most people I no longer have a floppy disc drive on any computer in the house. Luckily I remembered that the library still has a portable drive available, so I can transfer the data. This prompted me to finally get together some old home videos of family events  and investigate copying them into another format as well.

Many people will be in a similar situation with information and perhaps video and photographs copied onto formats that may no longer be readily retrievable now or perhaps in the future. For family historians and anyone interested in history it does pose an interesting question.

Will our precious memories be easily available to future generations?

Printed photographs and written records are not a problem but if we don't keep track of where and how we record information, there is a  risk that in the future, the stories we want remembered may be lost.

Mar 8, 2013

Essendon High School

In 2013 Essendon High School, now part of Essendon Keilor College, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Essendon Keilor College was founded in 1992 from the amalgamation of Queens Park Secondary College (formerly Essendon Technical School), Essendon High School, Niddrie High School and Keilor Heights Secondary College. 
Essendon High School is one of the oldest High Schools in Melbourne, and planning for it began in 1910. The Foundation Stone for the school was laid by the then Premier of Victoria, W. A. Watt, and the school was opened to staff and students in 1913. 

The Local History Room at Sam Merrifield Library  has copies of Essendon High School: the 75th Anniversary 1913-1918 and A History of Essendon High School 1910-1932 by Margaret Vines. You can view both books in the library. 

School  histories can be a useful source of information and pictures for people who are researching family and local history. Many contain photographs of both famous and not so famous past students along with details of sporting and academic prowess. If you have a family member who attended one of our local schools you may find some information about him or her in one of the school histories.

Moonee Valley Libraries holds several school histories including the following:-

You can also search our catalogue for further information.