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.

Plane pieces

Liberating History

01/12/2019 Raine Biancalt

On 4 September 2019 I received an email from Venice Italy from a young Italian named Alessandro Cianchetta. He and others in the Verona area volunteer to research military planes shot down over Italy during WWII. Their aim is to return to family members any items belonging to the airmen.

Telegram history

Telegram for You

01/11/2019 Barrie Harding

Australia’s first telegraph line was erected between Melbourne and Williamstown in 1853 and 1854 by Samuel McGowan, a recently immigrated Canadian telegrapher. The line covered 17km and went into operation less than 10 years after the opening on 1 May 1844 of the first public telegraph line in the world linking Baltimore and Washington DC.

The Reporter Office, Box Hill

Digitising ‘The Reporter’ at the National Library

29/08/2019 Guest Author

The Box Hill Reporter was the first and for many years the only local newspaper in the district. Issues of the paper from its beginning to 1918 have been digitised by the National Library and are available for viewing on the Trove website. The Box Hill Historical Society has a collection of original issues of the Reporter covering the period 1919–1930. It is raising funds to digitise the papers at the National Library.

Convent of the Good Shepherd

Early Days in Chadstone

16/07/2019 Raine Biancalt

Sofitel’s palatial Chadstone Hotel opening in November, resides on land formerly held by the Convent of the Good Shepherd (1883-1981) which stood on 55 acres of paddocks, complete with grazing cattle.