Beyond the Inscription: A Journey Through Maude’s World

Amidst the hushed whispers of history, a tale of sisterhood, secrets, and a cherished heirloom unfolds. In the heart of Hotham, a leather-bound Bible serves as a silent witness to the enigmatic life of its owner—Maude Paterson. Curiosity piqued by the faded inscription, a journey of discovery begins for a determined researcher, seeking to unearth the forgotten story of Maude …

Beyond the Shopfront: The Secrets of 71 Miller Street Revealed

Nestled along the once bustling thoroughfare of Miller Street in West Melbourne lies a hidden gem of historical intrigue—71 Miller Street. This unassuming address holds within its walls a rich tapestry of tales that have woven through time, from its humble beginnings to the present day. Join us as we delve into the captivating chronicle of this remarkable place. In …

Why The Secrecy?

The Melbourne City Council is buying up a North Melbourne block. The buying program started about six years ago and the council now owns at least half the Capel Street block – an area bounded by Peel, Dudley, William, Capel and Victoria Streets. The Acting Town Clerk, Mr. T. M. McCaw, said today: “Public knowledge of council land deals may …

Optomise mega-size images

This video shows a method of making huge images smaller while still maintaining image clarity. Video here.

Optical Character Recognition

Optical character recognition is the electronic or mechanical conversion of images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text, whether from a scanned document, a photo of a document, a scene-photo or from subtitle text superimposed on an image. Ideal for converting an existing valued document into a digital version. Try this easy method.  

Memories of life in North Melbourne since 1929

Long-time North Melbourne identity Nancy McIntosh passed away recently at the grand age of 98. The last issue of the News published a moving obituary written by her daughter June. Nancy was about eight when she arrived in North Melbourne with her family around 1929. They moved into Provost Street, the small street parallel to Queensberry and between Curzon and …

A long road to recovery for young polio patient

In the 1930s, there were strict rules about who could visit hospitals and who could not. The rules were very strict for children, the reason being that visitors only upset them and made them difficult patients. When Rae’s young relative George got polio in the 1930s, he was taken to Fairfield Hospital and for some weeks was allowed no visitors …

Abbotsford Street has a link to the Scottish Borders

Abbotsford Street runs like a spine through North and West Melbourne. Its unusual name springs from a connection with famous Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott and his home in the Scottish Borders. In about 1811 Scott bought his 100-acre Cartley Hole Farm on the river Tweed. The site had a personal significance for him as it was close to the …

Where Irish settled in Australia

Since 1791, Irish people have emigrated to Australia. Emigration initiatives such as the Earl Grey scheme for orphan girls in the 1840s, and events such as the Irish Famine in 1847, saw different waves of people arrive on Australian shores in the 1800s. Whether by choice or by situation, these pioneers went on to create a new life for themselves …

Ailsa O’Connor

This sketch of a group of houses in Chapman Street, North Melbourne, is by Ailsa O’Connor in 1972, who was a teacher at Flemington High School when it was housed at the Errol Street Primary School. Ailsa died in the early 1980s but she left behind her ideas in both her art and in her writings. Past students may not …

Mr Dott’s Glass Works in Munster Terrace

Sir, Mr Jas Cooney’s letter in “The Age” of 27th October asked whether anyone can remember Mr Dott’s glass works in Munster terrace – also the Crocketts. I knew them all for many years, as we lived in that place at the corner of Lothian and Victoria Streets, when not many houses were about. Does Mr Cooney remember Stewart’s jam …

The AGE Letters 1934

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) has some wonderful old scrapbooks of press cuttings in its collection. Long before TROVE existed some HHP members were trawling through these scrapbooks and came across a treasure trove of letters about North Melbourne. In 1934 The Age published a series of articles, The Suburbs of Melbourne: The Story of Their Growth.  Part …