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July 2019

Alphonsus Vincent (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.

July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by Des Tobin - ‘A. V. (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.  Alphonsus Vincent Tobin (1905–1993), funeral director and football administrator, was born on 23 August 1905 in Melbourne, third of six surviving children of Irish-born Thomas Tobin, labourer, and his Victorian-born second wife Alice, née O’Dowd. Phonse’s twin brother, Bernard, died two days later. His father struggled financially and the family moved frequently. For a brief period they lived at an undertaker’s premises where…

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August 2019

Vandemonians in North Melbourne: our Local Convict Past.

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

AGM, Guest Speaker: Professor Janet McCalman AC - Vandemonians in North Melbourne: our Local Convict Past. Janet is an eminent scholar in her field of Australian social history, with particular expertise and reputation in the history of health and medicine. Janet is a superb communicator and scholar whose most notable accomplishments have been in making the richness of Australia’s social history accessible to other scholars, students of history and of the philosophy of science, medical students and postgraduate students of…

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September 2019

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp.

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by David Sornig - Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp. In Blue Lake, David Sornig examines how the 8km-square zone to the west of central Melbourne became the city's blind spot. Once a fertile wetland with a large blue saltwater lagoon, it passed through various incarnations: from boneyards and rubbish tips; through the Depression-era Dudley Flats shanty town; to the modern-day docks. Through it all, one thing that has persisted is its uncanny, liminal quality.…

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October 2019

An update on the Home on Hotham Hill.

October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by Guy Murphy - An update on the Home on Hotham Hill. Date still to be confirmed. For more than a century, countless passers-by have wondered about the big house at 519 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne-the house with the overgrown Bougainvillea and the commanding view of Royal Park. Who lives there now, who built it, what are its stories? This history of a house and its owners and tenants covers more than a hundred and fifty years, and encapsulates…

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In the Footsteps of Nicholas O’Donnell: doctor and community leader in Hotham 1869-1919

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Saturday 12 October 2.00pm. A walk lead by Val Noone - In the Footsteps of Nicholas O’Donnell: doctor and community leader in Hotham 1869-1919. Dr Nicholas O’Donnell (1862- 1920) was a prominent medical practitioner and Irish scholar who lived and worked in North Melbourne during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His remarkable manuscript of Irish family history, Nicholas O’Donnell’s Autobiography, has been edited and annotated by Dr Val Noone who will lead this walk highlighting the events and…

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