October is National History Month and staying at home is the perfect opportunity to delve into the past. What are you doing to celebrate? Here are some fantastic activities to engage with this October.
St. Margaret’s Eltham invites you to a free virtual seminar on pre-European Indigenous culture in the Melbourne area.
Featuring guest speaker Dr. Gary Presland: Historian & Australian Archaeologist, author of First People, Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Central Victoria
When: Saturday 17 October, 2pm - 3:30pm
Enquiries: Kathleen Toal 0439 032 977
Discover A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s last remaining papers not already held in a public institution. As well as being a lawyer and poet, he was a husband and father, and the collection includes some of his personal letters to members of his family and a selection of candid family photographs. Courtesy National Library Australia.
Listen to some of Australia's great speeches held in the National Library's Oral History collection.
Featuring Prime Minister Robert Menzies, Prime Minister John Curtain, Neville Bonner and Anne Summers.
Discover the traditional Wurundjeri creation stories in these delightful videos featuring children from the Koori Choir and Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Ian Hunter. Stories featured: How Bunjil Made Man, The Story of the Platypus and The Story of the Southern Cross.
Bookings have opened for ‘Victoria's Native Vegetation: History, Heritage, Politics’, the next free webinar in the History Council of Victoria Making Public Histories series, to be delivered on Tuesday 10 November from 5 to 6.30 pm AEDT.
Click HERE for more information and to book.
Join Uncle Herb Pattern in a masterclass on using gum leaves as an instrument.
Watch the video by Slanteam Melbpoly:
Bookings are now open for Futures Past and Possible: Histories of and for Tomorrow, the Historical Council of Victoria’s annual lecture. It will be delivered online by Associate Professor Ruth Morgan, Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University.
The event will start at 5.30 pm AEDT on Thursday 8 October 2020. Following the lecture, audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A session with Ruth. The event will conclude by 6.45 pm.
Click HERE to find out more.
The History Roadshow is a free program of presentations tailored to regional Victorian students of History in Years 11 and 12. Delivered by the History Council of Victoria, the program aims to provide VCE students with rich curriculum-related opportunities to engage with specialist academic and professional historians.
Click HERE to find out more.
In 2015, Heritage Victoria conducted archaeological investigations at the site of the former Moses Thomas flour mill, on the Plenty River in Mernda. The archaeological investigations exposed the remains of an 1850s cottage associated with the operation of the Moses Thomas mill, and Aboriginal cultural heritage in some of the test trenches close to the river. The other cultural heritage features nearby in Plenty Gorge Park include an 1840s hotel site, a river crossing, remnants of a weir, part of the Yan Yean water supply system, and a network of historic roadways.
For more about community involvement in this project visit the Lost Mernda Facebook page.