Discover your past

Take part in the Australian Heritage Festival and uncover fascinating details about your ancestry and local area.

Boroondara resident Biruta Don always wanted to know more about her home, a Victorian house in Hawthorn East built in 1886. With the help of Boroondara Library Service resources and staff, she was able to find a wealth of information about the builder and its design.

 “I discovered our house plan from 1886 in a book in my local library, written by the builder’s daughter, Marjorie Bishop,” said Biruta, referring to One man in his time: Edward Bishop, master builder 1844-1902. Biruta later went on to meet Marjorie in person, and asked her to sign her personal copy of the book.

Encouraged by her success researching her home, Biruta took the opportunity to learn more about her family using Boroondara Library Service resources. “Through the library I was introduced to Trove (Australia’s free online research portal), which has a wealth of newspaper information. Using Trove, I found an article from a 1955 Echuca newspaper describing a truck accident my relatives were involved in. Luckily, they all survived,” Biruta said.

If you’re keen to explore your neighbourhood or family history, your local library is a great place to start. This month, as part of National Trust’s annual Australian Heritage Festival, Boroondara Library Service is offering a program of events designed to help you make the most of its many resources.

This year’s festival theme is Our Heritage for the Future and whether you’re already a local and family history enthusiast, or are just starting to take an interest, there are many resources to help you find out more about our City.

To find out more about our local and family history resources visit Boroondara Family History.

Local resident Biruta Don outside a heritage house