Heritage Hobsons Bay 2021

Heritage Hobsons BayUncover the history of Hobsons Bay during Heritage Hobsons Bay 2021, part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival running from Sunday 18 April to Sunday 2 May.

Heritage Hobsons Bay 2021 presents a unique opportunity to celebrate our city’s rich and diverse history through a wide range of events. Hobsons Bay Libraries has partnered with Council along with our community centres and many local heritage sites to bring you a variety of activities to suit all ages including talks, tours, exhibitions, open days and more.

Whether it’s by exploring our iconic heritage sites or taking a step back in time through storytelling and  tours, this year’s festival invites you to discover Hobsons Bay’s historical, Indigenous, cultural and natural heritage whilst imagining ways we can protect, promote and celebrate ‘Our Heritage for the Future’.  

Festival events:

Hobsons Bay Libraries will also be joining the Heritage Hobsons Bay celebrations with free events open to all library members. Read on to find out about our library events or click here to view the full program on the Hobsons Bay City Council website.

Sepia toned family photograph showing a man and woman with five small childrenFinding families

Altona Library
Tuesday 20 April
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Bookings here

Williamstown Library
Thursday 28 April
11am to 12pm
Bookings here

Hobsons Bay Libraries' experienced heritage staff will demonstrate how to search for your ancestors across a variety of online platforms, including Victorian Births Deaths and Marriages records, Ancestry.com, historic newspapers and immigration records. Find out important family dates, where your ancestors worked, and what they did for a living. Recommended for beginners with basic computer skills.

 

Lost lands found by Dean StewartLost Lands Found – the flowering grasslands of Victoria

Altona Library
Wednesday 5 May
6.15pm to 7.45pm
Bookings here

Did you know that Less than 1% of one of the largest grasslands on this planet survives today? In this session, get to know your local forgotten ecological neighbours, discover the rich natural treasures of your own backyard and learn how we as individuals and as a community can help to protect and nurture our ancient flowering grasslands.

 

A stack of old papers tied with string with a pen and a stack of black and white photographsAncestry for beginners

Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
Thursday 6 May
11am to 12pm
Bookings here

Ancestry Library Edition provides free access to Ancestry.com within our libraries, including electoral roles, immigration records and more. This session will provide an introduction to accessing Ancestry records, identifying your ancestors, and saving what you find. Recommended for beginners with basic computer skills.

 

 

A group people looking over the digital display table at Williamstown libraryDiscover our collections; heritage @ Williamstown Library

Williamstown Library
Wednesday 12 May
11am to 12pm
Bookings here

Williamstown Library is the home base for Hobsons Bay Libraries’ heritage collection, dedicated to preserving the history of Hobsons Bay with historic maps, photographs, newspapers and more.

The Library’s Heritage Room houses microform readers, a high-res scanner, interactive touch table and a regularly changing array of local history exhibitions. Come along to get a taste of what’s on offer and learn how we can help you out with your local and family history research.

 

Waltzing MatildaWaltzing Matilda: Australia’s accidental anthem

Altona Library
Tuesday 18 May
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Bookings here

The song that started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during WWII. Author and criminal barrister, Benjamin Lindner, presents a forensic history of the events, people and places that led to the writing of Australia’s most famous song.

 

Preserving the Past for our FutureExhibition: Preserving the past for our future – our heritage buildings

Williamstown Library
Sunday 18 April to Sunday 2 May
Bookings not required

In 1835 a small township developed to accommodate the influx of new settlers and their stock which was based around the port area of Williamstown.

Organised by the Williamstown Historical Society, this exhibition will include stories, photographs and memorabilia of many of the historic buildings still in existence in Hobsons Bay, along with other more contemporary buildings of social interest.

 

Image courtesy the Australian Lesbian & Gay ArchivesExhibition: Creating community in Melbourne's West

Williamstown Library
Monday 19 April to Wednesday 19 May
Bookings not required

Since the 1970s LGBTIQA+ communities have been creating a home in Melbourne’s inner west.

From Gay-Skate in Footscray to the famous Sunshine ‘Gay’ Girl article, this exhibition tells the story of those communities’ journey for recognition and understanding from the 1970s until today.

 

Learn more

For more information about the Hertiage Hobsons Bay 2021 festival, or hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/heritagehobsonsbay or contact the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre on 1300 179 944.

You can also stay up-to-date with information about Heritage Hobsons Bay 2021 by subscribing to the Hobsons Bay Libraries eNewsletter or follow Creative City Hobsons Bay on Facebook.

Heritage Hobsons Bay 2021 forms part of the Australian Heritage Festival organised by the National Trust. Learn more at nationaltrust.org.au/ahf

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