August 2015

Happy Family History Month!

Attend one of the many events happening throughout Victoria

August is Family History Month, a time for celebrating and discovering more about family history. There are a number of events happening across Victoria this month, all designed to help new researchers navigate our collections and start delving deeper into their family history.

North Melbourne
Ballarat
Bendigo
  • Bendigo Regional Archives Tours
    12 & 13 August, Bendigo Library
  • Ancestors in the Archives
    19 August, 10.30-12pm, Bendigo Library
  • Vahland in the Archives
    20 August, 5.30-6.30pm, Bendigo Library
    Further information & bookings.

New to the collection:

Applications for sustenance during the Depression

New records transferred to our collection provide a glimpse into the lives of Dandenong and surrounding residents during The Depression.

There are three different series consisting of Applications for Sustenance administered by the shires of Cranbourne, Berwick and Dandenong. The sustenance scheme was established for the relief of individuals able and willing to work but unable to find employment.

The Applications for Sustenance forms outline:
– applicant name
– place of birth
– address
– age
– usual trade
– marital status
– out of employment details
– particulars of children and dependents
– information regarding assets or income
– investigation notes regarding application
– support documentation ie. statements of income.

Read more...

Victorian Community History Awards

Entries closing soon...

"A gardener should use flowers in the same way a painter uses his materials, to obtain proportion, contrast and harmony, in other words to paint a beautiful picture," Millie Grassick as quoted in Anne Vale's 'Exceptional Australian Garden Makers' - the main prize winner of last year's Victorian Community History Awards.

Entries for the 2015 Awards close THIS FRIDAY!

 

Digitised maps of Ballarat:

Camp Street 1877 to 1887

    You can now find more than 400 maps of Ballarat online, including the newly digitised Ballarat and Ballarat East Town Allotment Survey Plans.

    Ranging from the 1850s to the early twentieth century, among the collection you’ll find four nineteenth century plans of Camp Street providing a snapshot of the growth of Ballarat.

    These digitised maps come thanks to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers. 

    Read more...

     

    One hundred years of history at Bendigo

    ...

    The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre holds a treasure trove of regional history amongst its Bendigo Council Plans and Maps collection.

    The collection covers a wide variety of topics spanning from the 1870s to the 1970s and ranges from monument plans, plans for house alterations and relocations, sketches of proposed park amenities, and much more!

    Discover the collection here...

    Local History Grant recipients have been announced

    Congratulations to recent recipients

    The Local History Grants Program provides small grants to community organisations to support the cost of projects that preserve, record or publish Victorian local history.

    The 2014-2015 Local History Grant recipients, 62 in total, have now been awarded including book publishing projects, oral history recordings, digitising collections, the creation of websites and apps, microfilming, training and education, heritage trails, exhibitions, catalogues and historical collection preservation.

    View a list of the recipients here....

     

    FREE Training & Other Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
    Free exhibition: 'Transporting Art'
    Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


    Saturday 8 August 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday


    Saturday 29 August 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    School Days events:


    Monday 10 August 11am
    Curator Tour with Kate Luciano
    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street


    Tuesday 11 August 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Technical Schools' with G. Holdsworth

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street


    Tuesday 25 August 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Migrant Education' with D. Robertson

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Note: There are no bookings required for the School Days Floor Talks or Curator Tours at Old Treasury Building.

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    Family History Month events:

    Wednesday 12 August 11am-12pm
    BALLARAT LIBRARIES EVENT:
    Family stories
    Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth


    Wednesday 12 August 11am-12pm
    Bendigo Regional Archives Tour
    Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves St


    Thursday 13 August 2pm-3pm
    Bendigo Regional Archives Tour
    Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves St


    Wednesday 19 August 10.30am-12pm
    Ancestors in the Archives
    Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves St



    Thursday 20 August 5.30pm-6.30pm
    Vahland in the Archives
    Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves St



    Friday 28 August 1pm-2pm
    Starting your family research at PROV
    Victorian Archives Centre
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


     

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