100% Volunteering

28/05/2021 Raine Biancalt

I know of at least three local not-for-profit organisations run very successfully solely by volunteers with absolutely no paid staff. The first, of course, is The Bulletin, now in its 41st year and which relies […]

Orange Sky

Orange Sky

26/02/2021 Raine Biancalt

There are around 116 000 people in Australia experiencing homelessness. Orange Sky is a not-for-profit organisation helping to positively connect people doing it tough by providing free laundry, warm showers and genuine conversation.

ELSC

Eastern Lions Soccer Club

26/02/2021 Raine Biancalt

From its earliest days, Eastern Lions Soccer Club (ELSC) prided itself on bringing people together; starting with its unity and mateship – the envy of many local clubs.

The Silver Screen comes to Box Hill

26/02/2021 Raine Biancalt

Imagine living in a new, rapidly developing city: coffee houses abound; tram and train lines are expanding in every direction, many newspapers inform citizens. Entertainment Halls dotting the suburbs provide a venue for public and sporting club meetings, Masonic meetings, sale of goods and various entertainments.

Racing at Sherwood Park

28/08/2020 Raine Biancalt

MELBURNIANS will be well aware of our famous Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley racecourses. However, back in the late 1800s numerous racecourses sprang up all over Melbourne. In The Australasian of 17 May 1884 ‘Skiddaw’ […]

Lyrebird log hut

The Lyrebird Man

07/03/2020 Raine Biancalt

Widely known as The Lyrebird Man and recognised by ornithologists as an authority on lyrebirds, Thomas Henry Tregellas was born in Bendigo on 16 June 1864.

Girls with presents for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day in Australia

06/03/2020 Raine Biancalt

On Sunday 10 May many Australians will celebrate Mother’s Day. The tradition of gift-giving on Mother’s Day, although well-established in the USA, did not begin in Australia until 1924. In 1870, American writer and women’s rights activist Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, had proposed that a mother’s day for peace be commemorated every year in June.

Why not try scrapbooking?

04/12/2019 Raine Biancalt

Artfully arranged scrapbooks documenting family stories become treasured heirlooms to be passed on for generations. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often elaborately decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling or written descriptions.