WikiNorthia: Documenting life in Melbourne's North

WikiNorthia: Documenting life in Melbourne’s north

A partnership was set up in 2006 within the northern region of Melbourne, consisting of Darebin Libraries, Moreland City Libraries and Yarra Plenty Regional Library.  The partners successfully secured funding from the Library Board of Victoria for a new project ‘WikiNorthia’ an online encyclopedia designed to document life in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. These three library services encompass five local council areas including Moreland, Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea.

WikiNorthia is an innovative project that will encourage 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 project is the first of its type in Victoria and in fact Australia

The project will result in a wiki with contributions by a wide cross section of people living in the City of Moreland, the City of Darebin, the City of Banyule, the Shire of Nillumbik and the City of Whittlesea, which documents the present as well as recollections and histories. The generation and preservation of this information will be of a lasting benefit to the community.

In early 2012 Portable took on the task of improving the design of Wikinorthia to enable more functionality and ease of use and to ensure its ongoing sustainability. The site has been designed in a new system, WordPress which enables future development changes to be easily made.



Darebin Libraries

Moreland City Libraries

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Moreland Council 

Darebin Council

City of Banyule

Nillumbik Shire Council 

City of Whittlesea

State Library of Victoria

Community Groups


  • To capture life in the North of Melbourne past and present.
  • Engage local communities in the development of content for the project.
  • Introduce communities to emerging technologies.
  • Encourage local communities to engage with each other and public libraries.


Anyone who has lived, worked or played in the local community past and present.


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