Heritage Festival

The Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of all things history and heritage in the City of Melton. It runs alongside the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival each year.

Our 2022 celebrations will also mark the 150th anniversary of the City of Melton.

In keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Curiosity’, Melton City Libraries will deliver a series of exciting events, inviting the community to discover and explore different aspects of Melton’s rich heritage and culture.

Events

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Wandi: a History of Dingoes

Dive into the rich history of the lands on which we live, work and play, and learn a little more about Australia's apex predator, the Dingo.

Join us at the library these school holidays to learn all about these beautiful, playful creatures and discover what they eat, where they sleep and how they live. Our friends at the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre will be there to share their knowledge, as well some fun stories!

Presented in partnership with the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre.

Wednesday 13 April | 11am to 12pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

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Country and Culture Art Workshop

Join exhibiting artist Lucy Webster in this fun and hands on workshop to learn about the importance of Country, culture, and community and how Lucy uses art to learn about and share her culture.

You will be introduced to the stories, symbols, plants and animals that Lucy uses in her artwork, currently on display in her exhibition Winanga Burruguu at Melton Library. Best for ages 6 to 10.

Presented by Melton Arts and Culture.

Image credit: Lucy Webster, Dhirra-li, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas.

Thursday 14 April | 10.30am to 12pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton VIC 3337

Thursday 21 April | 10.30am to 12pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton VIC 3337

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Riverwalk at Lozzbert Reserve

Join us on a guided tour of Lozzbert Reserve, where Toolern Creek meets the Werribee River. Explore the ancient landscapes of this gorgeous parkland and learn about the local birds and frogs who call it home. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the river system as it stretches from forested uplands to the sea.

Tuesday 19 April | 11am to 11.45am | Lozzbert Reserve, Griegs Road, Weir Views 3338

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Dinosaurs and Fossils

Take a step back in time with our friends from Museums Victoria! You’ll get to touch real fossils from the Museum Victoria collection, and see life-size models of dinosaur skulls, feet, and legs. We'll explore pre-historic times when dinosaurs walked the earth, and learn about what they ate and how they lived.

Presented in partnership with Museums Victoria.

Wednesday 20 April | 10.30am to 11.30am | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

Wednesday 20 April | 2pm to 3pm | Eynesbury Discovery Centre, 479 Eynesbury Rd, Eynesbury VIC 3338

Thursday 21 April | 10.30am to 11.30am | Timbertop Children’s and Community Centre, 1 Timbertop Parade, Aintree VIC 3335

Thursday 21 April | 2pm to 3pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

Friday 22 April | 10.30am to 11.30am | Caroline Springs Library and Learning Hub, 193-201 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs VIC 3023

Friday 22 April | 2pm to 3pm | Fraser Rise Children’s and Community Centre, 46 City Vista Ct, Fraser Rise VIC 3336

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2022 Heritage Festival Launch

To celebrate the launch of the 2022 Heritage Festival, come on down to Melton Library to enjoy a twilight event that's sure to spark your curiosity.

Mayor Cr Goran Kesic will lead the official launch event, with highlights including a performance by local Australiana band Drongo and the Crow. Council will also officially launch an online exhibition created to mark 150 years since the historic motion to declare Melton a shire took place.

Enjoy live entertainment, activities and food for the whole family. Get a sneak peek at the exciting line-up of upcoming Heritage Festival events and find out how you can uncover your history. You never know what you'll discover!

Thursday 21 April | 5pm to 7pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

No bookings required 
 

My Digital Legacy

These days, more and more of us are choosing to store our important documents, accounts and memories online. But what happens to these files when we're gone? This session will explain what is meant by a Digital Legacy, and how you can manage your digital assets as part of your estate. Join us to learn some handy tips and things to think about when planning for the future of your online presence.

Presented in partnership with Stay In Touch Technology and Tutoring Support.

Friday 22 April | 10.30am to 12pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

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Scanning Studio: Convert Your Old Photos To Digital

Want to save your photos for the future? Bring in your family photos or photos of Melton and you'll walk away with free digitised copies on a USB.

Presented in partnership with the  Melton Family History Group.

Thursday 28 April | 10am to 12pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

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Mediterranean in Melton

Join John Bentley, President of the Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden for a delightful tour in the Mediterranean section of our local treasure, the Melton Botanic Garden.  Learn about plants suitable to grow locally in your own garden.  All attendees will receive a free plant from the Friends of Melton Botanic Garden nursery.

Presented in partnership with the Friends of Melton Botanic Garden.

Friday 29 April | 10am to 11am | Melton Botanic Garden, 40 Lake Boulevard, Melton 3337

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How To Write A Memoir

Come along and learn how to write your memoir. Tell all those stories that you remember and write them down for the generations to come. Cassandra Hounsell is a speculative fiction enthusiast who loves stories about characters with bad attitudes finding family, and has had multiple short stories published. She runs creative writing workshops for kids and adults and lives with a circus of animals, including a cat who is also her boss.

Friday 29 April | 2pm to 4.30pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

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Former Mowbray College Heritage Tour

The former Mowbray College was an independent community school established by Melton residents in 1983. Following it's closure 2012, the complex of buildings at the Kurunjang campus was included in the Victorian Heritage Register after the community campaigned to save them.

Now re-established in the community as Heathdale Christian College’s Melton campus, join architectural historian alumni Guy Murphy for a guided tour to learn more about the architectural significance of this place and the philosophy that influenced the design.

Saturday 30 April | Tours from 9am, 10.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm | Heathdale Christian College - Melton Campus, 102-112 Centenary Ave, Kurunjang VIC 3337

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A Tumble into Madness

James McAra Mitchel managed William John Clarke’s Rockbank Sheep Station for over a decade. Mitchel left an indelible mark on the Shire of Melton through his innovative practises and management skills. This is the story of how Mitchel’s legacies were almost lost in the admittance papers of the Kew Insane Asylum.

Presented by Mitchel’s descendant, local genealogist and author, Janeen O’Connell, in conjunction with the Melton Family History Group.

Saturday 30 April | 1.30pm to 2.30pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

Image by Charles Nettleton, courtesy of the State Library Victoria.

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History Flicks: Melton on Film

Did you know that Melton has a history on the silver screen? Join us to relive some of the highlights of our town, from Melton’s launch as a Satellite City on ABC's 'This Day Tonight', to our Hollywood debut in 'Mad Max'.

We'll take a step back in time to 1974 with some rare super 8 home footage donated by the Spoard family. Revisit your favourite places from Scott Street Milk Bar to the Regional Shopping Centre and Fogarty’s Field.

Come along and share your memories of Melton.

Monday 2 May | 11am to 12pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

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Exhibitions

Melton 150th Anniversary Exhibition

In February 1871, the Melton Roads Board passed a motion to declare Melton a shire. This formality marked a crucial moment in the origins of the community of Melton as we know it today. This online exhibition has been created to mark 150 years since this historic event took place.

This exhibition explores the story of the people of the Kulin Nation, and the arrival of European settlers. It follows Melton through its early pastoral history and the gold rush. It shows a township coming together during two world wars and the Great Depression. It looks at the big transformations brought by post-war growth and suburban development. And finally, it covers the establishment of new suburbs and looks to the future.

Much of the material in this exhibition is taken from the 2018 book Growth, Progress and Community Spirit: a history of the Melton district, which is available to borrow or to purchase from Melton City Libraries. We hope this exhibition will inspire you to seek out the book, in order to further explore Melton’s fascinating history.

View the exhibition online.
 

The Birdcage Oral History Project

Originally named Melton Views Estate, ‘the Birdcage’ was part of an early subdivision in Melton developed by Delphic homes in the mid-late 1960s. It was located between Centenary Avenue, Coburns Road, O’Neills Road and High Street in Melton.

Melton City Council are seeking early residents of ‘the Birdcage’ to share their memories of life in the area. Share your stories, photographs and memorabilia and help us grow the amazing local history collection at Melton City Libraries. We want to hear your memories of early Melton, and what it was like to be part of this thriving new community.

If you have memories of life in the Birdcage, or other information you would like to share, please get in touch. Contact library@melton.vic.gov.au or call 9747 5229. 
 

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Hannah "Grannie" Watts:  mother, midwife, and matriarch

Melton City Libraries is proud to launch this new collection showcasing personal items belonging to beloved midwife and Melton icon, Hannah Watts. Items have been donated for temporary display by Hannah’s great-great-granddaughter, Beck Hart. View the collection at Melton Library & Learning Hub until August 2022.

Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337

Image: Hannah Watts with her grandchildren Jack Burns and Lena Burns, from the Melton City Libraries collection

More activities

2022 CS Window Commission Activity Sheet

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Do you know your Magpie Larks from your Possum Bats?

Kathy Holowko has created an activity sheet for children and adults to enjoy and further engage with ‘Water is Life’, the vibrant artwork on the outside of the CS Gallery windows.

You can download the activity sheets below or pick up a copy on your next visit to CS Gallery or Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub. 

Colouring In and Activity Sheet: Possum Bat(PDF, 442KB)

Colouring In and Activity Sheet: Magpie Lark(PDF, 446KB)

 

For further information on the 2022 Heritage Festival please contact our Libraries and Arts Team on 9747 5300 or email us at library@melton.vic.gov.au.