Early days of Thomastown and Lalor

A Sunday School picnic from Thornbury as a child, used to be to either the Presbyterian church at Epping or Whittlesea. Epping road was only bitumen barely wide enough for two cars, with gravel on the sides, and most of the side roads were unmade until 1964. The original (Thomastown)  Doctors surgery was a tin […]

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Lalor Shopping Centre

The following article was written by Robert Wuchatsch and first appeared in the Hume Gazette in November 1995. The Lalor Shopping Centre began during the 1950s, shortly after the suburb of Lalor was created by ex-servicemen returning from the Second World War. The land on which the Lalor Shopping Centre stands was previously owned by […]

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Nillumbik’s Fools Gold

What makes your Nillumbik home town/area unique? Who are the characters who have made it so? What sites have significance and why? During 2005 Nillumbik Shire Council and the Literary Reference Group invited members of the community to respond to these questions, to show us the history and flavour of your place – then and […]

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Holiday at Cockatoo

The following article was contributed following a reminiscences session held at Watsonia library June 2008, on the topic “Holidays”. It was around the year of 1938. I was about 8 years old at the time. We were living in a small rented home in Collingwood and there was very little money. My mother was a […]

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Ern and Lil’s homes

The following article came out of a Reminiscence session held at Watsonia Library 10 March 2009 with long time residents Ern and Lil. Compiled by Lynne Siejka Ern told us about his parent’s house. They had bought the Californian Bungalow in 1925 for eight hundred pounds (which was about 5 year’s wages) on Derby Street […]

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