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Hawthorn History - Look What I've Discovered

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Unearthing your local history
Ever wondered what you might find in the sewers and backyards of your suburb? Perhaps old opium bottles, disposable clay pipes, bayonets, fancy buckles, torpedo lemonade bottles or even a champagne bottle from a now demolished hotel? Here's your opportunity to peer at some relics of historical Melbourne that have been unearthed from brickpits, sewers and cesspits.

Hawthorn History - Look what I've Discovered!
A sample of the historical artefacts that have been unearthed

The Hawthorn Historical Society will reveal all at an afternoon of short presentations and displays, as part of History Week. This event takes place from 1.30 - 4.30pm on Saturday 24th October, at the Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn (adjacent to the Hawthorn Public Library). Doors open at 1.00pm.

During the afternoon, you will also learn how Hawthorn has changed from its earliest days, via a photographic journey. There will be information about how to investigate your family tree.

You can also 'read all about it' in Hawthorn's first newspaper, the South Bourke Standard.

Hawthorn History - Look what I've Discovered!
Disposable claypipes, which originally came filled with tobacco

The program for the afternoon is as follows:

Hawthorn re-photographed (1.30 - 1.55pm approx): Jim Love compares early photos of Hawthorn with recently taken images of the same locations. He will also share tips on how to take good photos.

Growing up in Hawthorn (1.55 - 2.15pm approx): Stephen Boxshall will share his recollections of his schooling and childhood adventures in and around the Burwood Road shop where his parents worked.

Digging up the ghost (signs) (2.15 - 2.40pm approx): Rob Gray will delve into some Hawthorn businesses, which have left 'ghosts' of their presence in the signage on our commercial buildings.

Afternoon tea and viewing the static displays: 2.45 - 3.15pm.

Hawthorn History - Look what I've Discovered!
A treasure - Virol, 'bone marrow, an ideal fat food for children and invalids'

Boroondara's war memorials (3.15 - 3.40pm approx): John Torpey will walk the audience through the community's patriotic fervor and recognition of the service of commitment of the community.

Discovering my family (3.40 - 4.05pm approx): Ramona De Niese will share her journey of discovery when researching her family's early Hawthorn history.

Cooper's Bible 'lost and found' at Gallipoli (4.05pm - 4.30pm approx): Elizabeth Yewers will discuss the back-story of this item, which has made news around the world.

During afternoon tea, you will have the opportunity to peruse static displays including:

- Interesting finds from the 19th century cesspits of Melbourne

- A collection of early games, toys & dolls

- "Read all About it" - early local and Melbourne newspapers

- A collection of images of Hawthorn from bygone years, and

- The Henrys of Hawthorn the story of the Henry family: over 100 years of living in Hawthorn will be told through photos and memorabilia.

Hawthorn History - Look what I've Discovered!
Take the time during the afternoon tea break to peruse the displays

The cost for this enriching experience is just $5.

To reserve your seat, phone 98191218 or 98897498.

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Why? Learn about the history of Hawthorn through this afternoon of presentations and displays.
When: 1.30-4.30pm on Saturday 24th October
Phone: 98191218 or 98897498
Where: Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $5.00
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I love history, particulalry the history of people's everyday lives.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7206) 1454 days ago
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