Viewbank, Heidelberg

James Williamson was born in 1816 at Viewbank, Trinity, 2 miles from Edinburgh, he was the son of James and Isabella Williamson, his father was a writer to the signet and solicitor in Edinburgh. Young James father had died in 1832 leaving his mother Isabella with 8 daughters and son James, named the son and […]

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Greensborough Football Club

Club Formation 1890’s The Evelyn Observer reported in the Friday 30th June 1893 edition that the first match of the recently formed Greensborough Football Club took place on Saturday last (24th June 1893). It was played against Diamond Creek and resulted in a draw. Greensborough played various games during the period 1890- 1910 but not […]

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Princes Bridge to Hurst’s Bridge

The story of the Hurstbridge railway, with its strange and disjointed origins linked to the “railwaymania” of the 1880s, has much of interest to social, local and railway historians Oddly, the first section of it to open to traffic was completely isolated from the rest of the rail network. When the railway to Heidelberg was opened, at […]

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Yarra River

When Melbournians consider the Yarra River, they think of the last few kilometres flowing through the city. But the Yarra is much more than this. It flows 242 kilometres from headwaters to sea – from its source on the flanks of Mt Baw Baw in the Yarra Ranges National Park, north-east of Melbourne, through the Yarra […]

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Greensborough 1912

From Para Road corner, looking north over the Railway Bridge towards Apollo Parkways. The lamp in the foreground is a carbine lamp. Carbide granules were placed in a sealed container and water was dipped into the carbide to generate gas. The lamp lighter placed his ladder against the step on the side of the pole […]

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