Touchstone – keeping in contact; No. 4, June 26

No.4 – 26th June 2020

  • Recently we promoted some work via our Website and Facebook page that the collections team had done digitising some old audio tapes in the collection. Now we need to listen to them and provide improved information and keywords. If anyone would like to help out with this project, please get in touch, and we can arrange for you to access a recording.
  • EDHS has been involved in the consultation for the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park Master Plan. Brand statement and site history documents have been updated.
  • Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet. An article on Eltham District Historical Society was recently published.
  • A favourite resource for local and family historians and just the curious, Trove brings together a vast range of collections from almost 1,000 cultural, community and research organisations all over Australia. It includes specific content that cannot be easily found via a typical search engine. Trove has re-launched with a refreshed logo, colour, overall design and new features.
  • Eltham Library (and six other YPRL branches) is open from 30 June with restrictions in place.
  • Local historian and former EDHS member Bruce Draper passed away recently. His daughter has curated Up The Creek, a collection of his articles about the pioneers, people and local history of Arthurs Creek and surrounding districts.
  • Australia Post wants to mark this moment in our nation’ s history. They are inviting Australians to write a letter to share our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic with their Dear Australia Project. Record your impressions of this remarkable time. Please send EDHS a copy too!
  • A picture tells A thousand words is the inspiration for this new online exhibition from NSW State Archives and Sydney Living Museums.
  • The Royal Historical Society of Victoria has responded to recent events with official statements:
  • Our Little Eltham Street Library remains open and proving to be very popular, with a broad selection of titles on offer. So if you are out walking, please drop in at the Local History Centre at 728 Main Road, Eltham. . . . Take a book – leave a book – share a book !

Stay safe.
Jim Connor
on behalf of the committee of the Eltham District Historical Society