Local History

Educator comes full circle at Whittlesea Children’s Centre

INSPIRED by her own early learning experiences, Teagan Brady has returned to her childhood kindergarten to educate the next generation of children in the Whittlesea township. Since opening its doors in December 1992, TRY Whittlesea...

Looker steps down as ag society president

LONG-TIME Whittlesea Agricultural Society president Kate Looker has stepped down after 12 years as a committee member. Society senior vice president Erica Hawke thanked Ms Looker for her contributions as honourary treasurer, junior vice president,...

Panthers podcast popular

By Steph McNicol IT started out as small project discussing sightings of black panthers in Victorian forests, but now Ben Beed has gained a large following in his search for big cats – deeming Macedon...

Wandong’s Anzac of the Year

By Jackson Russell Wandong History Group president Karen Christensen’s dedication to ensuring her town’s service men and women were honoured has resulted in her receiving one of five ANZAC of the Year awards. The ANZAC of...

Historians back to work

By Jackson Russell With a COVID-safe plan now in place at the Kilmore Courthouse, the Kilmore Historical Society has been able to get back to the important work of preserving and protecting the history of...

Ecosystem in decline

By Steph McNicol Macedon Ranges Shire Council has thrown its support behind the shire’s smallest residents, outlining the plight of the area’s ecosystem, including endangered flora and fauna. The council’s submission to the State Parliament’s Inquiry...

Restoration works underway at Kelly house

By Jackson Russell The childhood home of Victorian icon, bushranger Ned Kelly, is receiving some much-needed restoration works. Works began at the Kelly House in February after the house and surrounding land in Beveridge was acquired...

Sixty years strong for Mernda couple

MERNDA residents Bill and Nancy Barber will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday – a milestone admired by their children. Despite having to celebrate at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mr Barber said it...

Heritage bid for Whitburgh Cottage

MITCHELL Shire councillors hope ‘overdue’ works on Kilmore’s historic Whitburgh Cottage can begin next year after applying for a heritage grant to restore the building. The council approved an application for $200,000 to restore the...

Small changes to Australia Day

By Evelyn Leckie SMALL steps have been taken towards reconciliation with the City of Whittlesea to hold a minute’s silence at its Australia Day celebrations next year. The minute of silence will be at all council...