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History for you


History for you

These are links to our online projects, books and digitised work you can access yourselves, They include websites, biographical entries, newsletters, as well as a book and a guide to our Do-it-yourself memoir, life story or family history


Do-It-Yourself memoir, life story or family history

Finally, after a very long gestation and to celebrate a successful 2019 Family History Month, we are excited to launch the publication of our DIY memoir, life story or family history.

This is based on our experiences of helping people write their own memoirs and life stories. We have learned that the process and complexities of memoir writing can readily put you off, as can the costs of engaging a professional. This is unfortunate. We know everyone has a valuable story that can enrich the lives of their families and friends so the cost of telling it should not be a factor.

So we wrote a DIY guide. Part 1 | Getting started… and finished is about all the things it is helpful to know along the way. Part 2 | Writing it is flexible, constructive and has well over 300 questions on everything from birth to burial to help you write your story. Purchase a beautiful journal or open a word document on your computer and adjust, remove or use these questions any way you like.

This will help you write your own autobiography or help you to write a biography for others. We can be at the other end of the phone or email if you want assistance, but it’s unlikely to be necessary.

We are offering a special launch price for the next month or two and we’d love to hear from you about your experience with the Guide.

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Boroondara Mayoral Biography Project

The Boroondara District Roads Board was established in 1856 and covered pretty much the same area as Boroondara does today. It was soon curtailed considerably when the villages of, first Hawthorn, and then Kew seceded in 1860. The village of Camberwell became the Shire of Boroondara and eventually the Shire of Camberwell. The three local government areas rapidly made their way through the ranks of Municipality, Borough, Town and City until the great shake-up of Victorian local government in 1994. Throughout this time, and still today, a very mixed bunch of nearly 300 men and women have served as mayors across the region with passions, idiosyncrasies and concerns that lent themselves to their respective times and to the requirements of their jurisdiction and its residents.

We have recently completed writing about each of their lives and work in a snapshot form. You can read these, and see their photographs, on the Boroondara Libraries catalogue by typing in the search term ‘Boroondara Mayoral Project’. You may have an interest in civic history, or Boroondara local history, or have discovered a Boroondara mayor or councillor in your family history - these library catalogue-style biographies with further references will help you with your research.

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Victorian Teachers’ Union History

Are you a teacher or have an interest in teaching or unionism? You might know about the event in this photograph and have even been part of it!

You can read more in our post and click the button for our order form.

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Each season, we send our community an email with the latest news and information from our office.

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‘Who are we now?’

This was a fabulous oral history project that resulted in oral history stories, Witness Seminars, individual interviews, a website and a Commendation in Oral History Victoria’s 2016 Community Innovation Awards.

You can read more in our posts and click the button to see the ‘Who are we now?’ website

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The Great Tallarook History Project

Another lovely community project, but this time with the Tallarook Primary School who’s students were keen to explore the history of their community and their Tallarook Mechanics Institute, of which they had been the longest and most consistent users of the hall since it was established in 1891.

You can read more in our posts and click the button to see the Great Tallarook History Project website

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War can last forever…'

This piece of audio, less than 10 minutes long, shows how oral history from the past can be effectively used to live the experiences of people we can no longer talk to.

Although I never met any of these people I began to get a glimpse of an Australian culture that hardly exists today, just through listening to their voices and words.

Click the button to read more about this project and to hear these experiences that lived with the speakers for the rest of their lives and which, because war is fought so differently in the 21st century, we will never know the likes of again.