Friday, August 16, 2013

'What's Cooking Boroondara?' Boroondara grocers from history

Grocers in Boroondara throughout the last 100 years.
Make your contribution to culinary history and enter your favourite family recipe for a chance to be published.

We have an extensive photograph catalogue at Boroondara Libraries..... Do you have any old photos of any of these places? If you do, or have any other old pics of the local area, donate a copy for our catalogue. 

NOTE: Photographs held by the City of Boroondara Library Service may be subject to copyright.

See more about shopping in Boroondara 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The secret is out, there really is a monster under your bed...

Lurking under your bed, or in the top back corner of your wardrobe lives a monster.

Of course, not the scary eat your children while they're sleeping kind (sorry). This monster is trapped within a shoe box, or three, with forgotten faces and memories, gathering dust and slowly deteriorating over time.

That's right, this monster is your family photos. From sepia to Polaroid, passed down through generations these shots signify a cherished memory.

Why then, are we ignoring them? Why are they trapped in albums and shoe boxes awaiting their potential. Imagine laughing over them on Flickr, Facebook, or at family gatherings. There's true beauty in sharing together these special moments of days gone by.

Often though, as with all monsters we're scared to start the fight, unsure of how to begin, or where. Which photos do I begin to digitise, where do I store them, how do I fix the imperfections? The questions are endless and make the task seem impossible, and that, is why we leave our shoe boxes where they are.

Thankfully, as part of Heritage week 2013 we will bring you a series of talks, one of which will help you on the right road to slaying the monster.

Professional "monster slayer" Carol Heath from Pixel by Pixel will present some hints and tips on how to preserve and restore these treasured memories.

So now that daylight saving is over, and winter is beckoning, get prepared for an exciting time of bringing your family history to life. Join us and book now for this great session.

Don't forget; if you have any shots of our Boroondara, please bring them along, we'd love to see them!

photo credit: <a href="">Great Beyond</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>

Monday, March 25, 2013

Vintage shoes- BERG fashion library

During Heritage Week 2013, we have a program of events celebrating different aspects of our heritage. Join us for photograph restoration, a Public Record Office workshop on researching property, a look at the history of an ANZAC solider and learn more about the resources available for local and family history at Boroondara Libraries... but first, it is all about shoes!

Whilst we wait patiently to meet Ann Dixon of Bygone days and her amazing vintage shoe collection, get your shoe fix with the Berg Fashion Library. You can access this subscription only database from home, using your library card.

See pictures, articles and ebooks about all aspects of fashion across the world, throughout the ages.

Search by place with the maps feature:

Use the timeline slider to discover fashion eras:

Find articles, designer profiles, ebooks and lesson plans as well a range of interesting news, historical and cultural information: 

Berg Fashion Library is a great resource for students, designers, fashionistas and, of course, shoe tragics. It is well designed and draws on the resources of galleries, museums, collections and fashion houses from around the world. So login and take a look!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Victorian Local Government Elections.

In the lead up to the Victorian local government elections, Boroondara Council will enter the election period, also known as the caretaker period. This commences at midnight on 25 September 2012 and ends at 6pm on 27 October 2012. During this period, we will be posting a very limited range of certified announcements.  We have also disabled the ability for members of the community to post or comment on our social media sites. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

#fp2012 Old Camberwell Library front door 52/22/2

This photo is submitted to the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 under the theme of "doors".

Like the previous photo, these doors also once had another use. They are now an emergency entrance fro mthe Council offices but previously were the front doors to Camberwell Library.

#fp2012 #blogjune Old Camberwell Library back door 52/22/1

This photo is submitted to Flickr Friday Photos 2012 under the theme of "doors".

The doors shown here were once the back entrance and loading dock for Camberwell Library. The door to the left was an entrance to the workroom and the door in the centre of the photo opened into the main staircase and thence to the circulation desk.

Since renovations to this 1890 building and the moving of Camberwell Library to temporary accommodation six years ago, the doors are now internal and lead to Council offices, meeting rooms and the Council chamber.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Telling Tales Tag Cloud 52/18/1

Telling Tales has blog posts about lots of topics relating to Boroondara and its past. If you are interested in a particular topic don't forget to check the Tag Cloud on the right hand side of the blog. Clicking on any of the tags will take you to posts on the topic of your choice.

And if you don't find a topic there that you are interested in, send us an email to and we will do our best to answer your query.

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