Research Tools

The following links and descriptions may be helpful for those doing their own research, or for those who simply want to know more about some of the topics touched on in Up the Creek Victoria.  Click on an image to link to an external page.

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Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Collections, online help and resources, including a considerable, up-to-date and wide-ranging Local History archive

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Yarra Plenty Local History

This blog promoting local history in our community has been operating since 2006 and is managed by the Local and Family History Librarian Liz Pidgeon at Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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From Laggan To Arthur’s Creek by Ross McDonald

The McDonald Family History and connections with The Draper Family, Charnwood.  First published 2010. Victoria

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Seeds of Yesterday : the Fruit of Tomorrow by Pam Goodey

The McDonald, Draper and Underwood Families : Pioneer Orchardists and Farmers of Arthur’s Creek.  First published 2010. Victoria

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Up the Creek by Bruce G. Draper

Early Days in the Arthurs Creek District.  First published 2018. Victoria

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Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute by Bruce G. Draper

First published 2012 to mark 150 years of continuous European settlement in Arthurs Creek and 125 years of the Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute. Victoria

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Fay Thomas Collection by Yarra Plenty Regional Library

The Fay Thomas Collection provides an insight into the lives of the local pioneering Thomas family, extended family and the broader community of the City of Whittlesea. The collection includes photographs, books, correspondence, manuscript material and ephemera dating from about the 1830’s through to the present

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Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute at a Glance

The Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute is an historic, community owned building built in 1887, set in the heart of the township of Arthurs Creek and available for event hire.  Beautiful building, great location and maintained and operated by a volunteer committee of management

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Shire of Nillumbik Local Historical Societies

There are 11 local history groups in Nillumbik who celebrate the history of individual townships and districts. These volunteer organisations play an important role in preserving the unique heritage of our Shire

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Eltham District Historical Society

The EDHS encourages interest in and the sharing of stories about the local history of the Eltham district in Victoria, Australia

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Victorian Collections Eltham District Historical Society

A vast collection of online and offline records and details of how to contact EDHS for further information

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Ellis Cottage Historical Precinct by Nillumbik Historical Society on Wikinorthia

The Nillumbik Historical Society’s aim is to preserve and share the history of Nillumbik.  The Society was formed in 1973 with the inaugural meeting held at Lovitt Cottage, now known as Ellis Cottage

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Wikinorthia

An online encyclopedia designed to document life in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. WikiNorthia is an innovative project that encourages people across five local councils with rich cultural histories and diverse communities to get together and tell their stories providing a snapshot of life in the north of Melbourne now as well as the past. The generation and preservation of this information will be of a lasting benefit to the community

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Trove

A valuable constantly growing free resource about Australia and Australians. It searches resources from its own holdings and those of other Australian institutions, including hundreds of newspaper titles and magazines, including The Australian Women’s Weekly,  journals, books, articles, letters, archives, maps, photos, music, sound, video, archived websites and more

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The Last Cry by Mick Woiwod

The Last Cry.  First published 1997. Tarcoola Press, Victoria

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Victorian Collections

Victorian Collections is a central portal to over 100,000 collection items and cultural treasures held by local history and community groups distributed across Victoria. It includes local collections including Eltham District Historical Society, Greensborough Historical Society and City of Whittlesea

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State Library Victoria

A cultural and heritage destination for Victorians, and a catalyst for generating new knowledge and ideas.  Available for online and offline research

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Royal Historical Society of Victoria

The RHSV’s collection is used extensively by local history and family researchers, post-graduate students, authors and commercial enterprises

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The Andrew Ross Museum

The Andrew Ross Museum is housed in a former schoolhouse in picturesque Kangaroo Ground in the Shire of Nillumbik.  The museum has amassed a large photographic collection and historical documents on many of the early families and is a good point of contact for anyone wishing to trace their heritage

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Public Records Office Victoria

The archive of the State Government of Victoria. Holding around 100kms of records dating from the mid-1830s to the present day

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Hairy-Chested History by Ian Stapleton

Colourful Characters of Hotham & Harrietville.  First published in 2003.  Reprinted 2010. Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741

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From Fraser's To Freezeout by Ian Stapleton

 Colourful Characters of The Dargo High Plains.  First published 2004.  Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741

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From Drovers To Daisy-Pickers by Ian Stapleton

Colourful Characters of The Bogongs.  First published 2006.  Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741

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Weatherbeaten Wisdom by Ian Stapleton

Colourful Characters of The Victorian High Country.  First published 2008.  Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741

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Of Pioneers & Perseverance by Ian Stapleton

Colourful Characters of The Victorian High Country.  First published 2010.  Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741

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A Mountain Muster by Ian Stapleton

Colourful Characters of The Victorian High Country.  First published 2012.  Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741

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Apologies & Appendages by Ian Stapleton

A Final Tally of High Country Characters.  First published 2014.  Ligare Book Printer, NSW.  Address for copies: Ian Stapleton, Feathertop Track, Harrietville, VIC, 3741