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Digital Library / Publications

The Living Museum is currently working to convert its extensive archives into digital form that can be downloaded and accessed by the public via the digital library menu (right).

Hundreds of people worked for thirty years researching, photographing and writing about a wide range of topics to do with the unique history and heritage of the western suburbs of Melbourne.They did this largely within the framework of a particular philosophy of collecting local history which will also be explained to some extent on this website. Over this thirty years the people involved with this museum dealt with a thousand specific projects and scores of special programs. The content of this work gives remarkable insights into the nature of this region and the evolution of Melbourne.

It will take some time to digitise this work so bear with us while we bring this story to you. The digital library will be regularly updated with new additions of information and downloads.


PUBLICATIONS

The Living Museum has published a wide range of material in various media on the history, culture and environment of Melbourne's Western Region. It also stocks publications on the region from other sources. For a full list please contact us. The following are hard-copy publications by the Living Museum and some for which we are sole distributors. These are currently available for purchase either at the Museum Visitor Centre or can be ordered by post. For all postal enquiries please contact admin@livingmuseum.org.au


PDF's of Publications

Some of these publications are available as free to download pdf files, links are provided below.
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(postage and handling refers to prices within Australia)

 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TITLES

THE FIRST RESIDENTS OF MELBOURNE'S WESTERN REGION
G. Presland, MLMW, 1987
This book gives a general account of the first Aboriginal residents in Melbourne's Western region. It outlines their customs and culture and describes some important archaeological sites. 18 pp; photos and map.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $4.40

ABORIGINAL MELBOURNE – THE LOST LAND OF THE KULIN PEOPLE
G. Presland, Harriland Press, 2001
New edition of the book previously titled ‘The Land of the Kulin’ first published in 1985, ‘Aboriginal Melbourne’ is a guide book to the lost landscapes of the region, and to the way of life of the original owners. It provides the clues to seeing and exploring environmental and historical change. Paperback with over 60 images including photographs, illustrations maps and reproductions. A5, 158 pp.
Price: $25.00 Postage & handling: $5.50

STILL HERE
MLMW, 1996.
(Limited copies available, library purchases only.)
A brief history of Aboriginal People in Melbourne’s West up to the present day. This book contains most of the text and a selection of images from the exhibition ‘Still Here’ in which local Aboriginal people tell the story of activism at work in the region from the establishment of political movements such as the Australian Aborigines League up to the work of people today. A4, 56 pp. Includes photographs, documents, articles, maps and other reproductions.
Price: $12.00 Postage & handling: $5.50

7.6 MB Still Here

LANDSCAPES RECYCLED: THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT OF MELBOURNE'S WEST.
C. Dennis, MLMW, 1991
This book describes some of the ways in which the local environment has changed. The effects of human activities and natural forces on the local landscapes are explored through topics such as geology, geography, flora and fauna, industrial history and pollution. Gary Presland wrote a chapter on changes made to the environment during 40,000 years of Aboriginal occupation. Profusely illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams and drawings and 17 pages of colored photographs. 112 pp. 25cm x 21cm.
Price: $11.00. Postage & handling: $3.30

BIRDS OF THE MARIBYRNONG VALLEY - currently out of print
Published by Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley 1987
An introduction and simple field guide to sixty of the most commonly seen birds in the Maribyrnong Valley. Also a useful guide to habitats, locations, equipment required and basics of bird observing, ways to attract native birds to a garden, and finally, surveys and studies of birds .A5; 74 pp.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $1.90

SITES OF BOTANICAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE WESTERN REGION OF MELBOURNE
K. McDougall; 1987; prepared by the Geography Department, University of Melbourne.
This study examines aspects of the natural vegetation of Melbourne's western region. It includes a detailed survey of both public and private land in the predominantly urban municipalities of Sunshine, Footscray, Williamstown, Altona, Keilor and Essendon. In the rural municipalities of Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Werribee the detailed survey was confined to public land. A4, 122 pages. Photographs & maps.
Price: $11.00 Postage & handling: $6.60

SITES OF GEOLOGICAL AND GEOMORPH-OLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE WESTERN REGION OF MELBOURNE:
N.J. Rosengren; 1986; prepared by the Geography Department, University of Melbourne.
This study of municipalities of Melbourne's western region identifies sites which are of importance in defining the geological and geomorphological characteristics of the region. These sites are of particular significance as a field resource to persons studying, teaching or undertaking research in the earth sciences, and to others with an interest in the configuration and origin of landscape. A4, 272 pages. Photographs and maps.
Price: $ 11.00 Postage & handling: $6.60

HISTORY

DUTY NOBLY DONE,
R. Faulkner, MLMW,1986
Sunshine Harvester diary, with historical chronology, photographs and extracts from interviews with workers from H.V. McKay Harvester Works/Massey-Ferguson. 30 pp.; photos.
Price: $2.00 Postage & handling: $3.30

5.4 MB Duty Nobly Done

EXPLORE MELBOURNE'S WEST A RESOURCE HANDBOOK,
C. Dennis & O. Ford, MLMW, 1987
An annotated list of primary and secondary sources which can be useful in investigating the history of Melbourne's Western Region, also places to visit. A5; 24 pp.
Price: $3.00; Postage & handling: $2.20

GLIMPSES OF EARLY SUNSHINE - currently out of print
Edith Popp, Sunshine & District Historical Society; 1979. A5; 112 pp. Illustrations & maps.
Price: $7.50 Postage & handling: $2.30

HARVESTER TOWN: the making of Sunshine
Olwen Ford, Sunshine & District Historical Society, 2001.
Price: $27.50 Postage & handling: $6.60

MARIBYRNONG: ACTION IN TRANQUILITY
O.Ford & P. Lewis, MLMW & Sunshine City Council, 1989
The book focuses on the activities of Maribyrnong people over the years, from the days of the Wurundjeri - the Aboriginal occupants of the district - to the Irish, English, Scottish and German migrants of the 19th century, the children born locally, and recent arrivals. The book is especially useful to students and teachers in geography, history, environmental studies and Australian Studies, since there is a strong emphasis on the theme of work. Over 150 pictures, index and detailed references. A4, 88 pp.
Price: $10.00 Postage & handling: $6.60

PUBS, PUNTS AND PASTURES: IRISH WOMEN PIONEERS OF THE SALTWATER RIVER
- currently out of print
Joan Carstairs & Maureen Lane, St. Albans History Society, 1988.
A careful and sometimes humorous documentation of the lives of five Irish immigrants who settled along the Maribyrnong River in the 1840s. A4, 206 pp; illustrated with maps, photographs and documents.Price: $15.00 Postage & handling: $5.50



KEILOR PIONEERS: DEAD MEN DO TELL TAILS
Angela Evans and the Keilor Pioneer research Collective, 1994.
Price: $20.00 Postage & handling: $6.60

A cottage garden walk through Keilor
Keilor Historical Society Inc.
Price: $10.00 Postage & handling: $6.60

THE ESSENCE OF ESSENDON: THE BICENTENNIAL ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION.- currently out of print
By the Oral History Committee, Essendon Historical society 1994.
Price: Postage & handling

WORTH ITS SALT
A Survey of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Cheetham Saltworks, Laverton, 1991. MLMW
Price: $27.50Postage & handling $6.60

LANCE REICHSTEIN REMEMBERED
A biography written by Paul Anderson, Manager of Prologue Corporate Communications. This book is a memorial to Lance Reichstein and all those who built for a better Australia.
Price: Free. Postage & handling $3.30

INTERPRETING THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
Gary Vines,1993. This series of four books, published by Melbourne's Living Museum of the West, are about work in Melbourne's West. They illustrate themes in industry and work, with photographs, engravings and maps. Descriptions of the industrial processes and conditions of work have been taken from contemporary accounts in books and newspapers as well as the oral history recordings of the Living Museum of the West. Information on further reading and places to visit are included. Books in the Series are:
Fibre and Fabric: Wool, cotton, textile and allied industries in Melbourne's West.
Quarry and Stone: Bluestone quarrying, stonemasonry, and building in Melbourne's West.
Meat and By-Products: The meat industry and animal by-product works of Melbourne's West.
Farm and Dairy: The agricultural and dairy farms of Melbourne's West.
A5, 32 pp. illustration, colour staple bound cover
Price:$5 each or $18 all four. Postage & handling: $2.20 each, $6.60 for four.

NEGLECTED - OR CRIMINAL?- currently out of stock
The Sunbury Industrial School. -The first Two Years-
Volume 1. Written by Joan Brogden.

A HUNDRED YEARS AT BANK STREET: Ascot Vale State School 1885-1985, - currently out of stock
Janet McCalman; pub. Ascot Vale Primary School.
Price: $6.50 Postage & handling: $2.30

ALTONA COASTAL PARK
Managemment Plan, 1992.
A4 140pp.
Price:$12.20 Postage & handling: $6.60

IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS
Former patients of Australian tuberculosis sanatoria...Janet Brown, 1994.
A5 240pp.
Price:$20.00 Postage & handling: $6.60


BROCHURES

BROADSHEETS
MLMW 1990
Four informative and well illustrated newspaper-style broadsheets relating to key themes in the history and environment of Melbourne's Western Region. Titles are:
1. Factory on The River: innovations in industry.
2. Getting Around: transport in early Melbourne.
3. Altona: town by the sea.
4. Maribyrnong River: a river of history.
Price: $1.00 each, or $3.50 per set. Postage: $1.00 each $2.00 per set

761 KB Broadsheet 1
2.9 MB Broadsheet 2
689 KB Broadsheet 3
700 KB Broadsheet 4

CHAFF-MILLS IN MELBOURNE'S WEST
G Vines, MLMW, 1986.
This brochure details the growth & development of hay-growing and chaff-cutting industries in Melbourne's west, in the context of the era of horse-drawn transport. A map of the locations of chaff-mills in the west. A3.
Price:$ 1.00 Postage:$2.20

3.6 MB Chaff-Mills of Melbourne's West

IRRIGATING THE DRY PLAINS
G Vines, MLMW, 1988.
A tour brochure linking the major areas of past and present irrigation schemes in Melbourne's western region.
Price:NIL Postage: Stamp self-addressed DL sized envelope

404 KB Irrigating The Dry Plains (double-sided A3 brochure)

KOROROIT CREEK
P Haffenden, MLMW, 1985.
This brochure highlights the geographical, scientific and historical significance of Kororoit Creek that runs through the basalt plain. It contains information for further reading: suggestions for walking and car tours and a map with significant features listed.
Price:$2.00 Postage:$2.20

2.5 MB Kororoit Creek (double-sided A3 brochure)

PIPE TRAIL - currently out of stock
G Vines, MLMW, 1988.
A brochure explaining the evidence of the manufacture of concrete pipes by the Hume Pipe Company on the site of the Pipemakers Park, Maribyrnong.
Available from the Living Museum visitor centre at Pipemakers Park.
Price: 0.20c Postage & handling $.60

386 KB Pipe Trail (double-sided brochure)

MEAT TRAIL - currently out of stock
G Vines & O Ford, MLMW, 1988.
A brochure explaining the evidence of activities of the meat preserving industry which occupied the site of Pipemakers Park, Maribyrnong. Available from the Living Museum visitor centre at Pipemakers Park.
Price: 0.20c Postage & handling .60c

330 KB Meat Trail (double-sided brochure)

ORIGINS OF INDUSTRY
G Vines, MLMW, 1988
A tour brochure featuring the development of Melbourne's western region as a major industrial centre.
Price:NIL Postage: Stamp self-addressed DL sized envelope

330 KB Origins of Industry (double-sided brochure)


VIDEO

UNDER THE PEPPERCORNS Video
This video looks at the working processes of a large livestock saleyards, the Newmarket Saleyards, through the eyes and voices of those that worked at these saleyards. Newmarket has been numbered amongst the largest saleyards in the world, and has been significant in Australia's rural history.
Price: $29.95 Postage & handling: $5.00

THE OTHER RIVER Video - currently out of stock
The Friends of the Maribyrnong Inc.
An environmental and social history of the Maribyrnong River - the main ecological feature of the western suburbs.
Price: $29.95 Postage & handling: $5.00

MULTICULTURAL

CHANGING PLACES: VIETNAMESE WOMEN IN MELBOURNE'S WEST, 1985
This book contains extracts from conversations describing life for women in Vietnam, in refugee camps and in Melbourne's Western suburbs. Text in Vietnamese and English attractively illustrated.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $3.30

EMPTY ARMS SURROUNDED BY WARM BREATH.- currently out of stock
Poetry and illustrations by artist Le Van Tai; introduction by Geoff Burke; published by Le van tai 1986. A5; 154 pp.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $2.30

NOW & THEN: THE SICILIAN FARMING COMMUNITY AT WERRIBEE PARK 1929-49
Maria Mantello, pub. Italian newspaper "Il Globo". 1986. A5; 64 pp. Photographs.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $2.20

OCEAN SALT'S HANDKERCHIEF Audio Tape
Poems by Le Van Tai; read by Dindy Vaughan musical improvisations by Dindy Vaughan. A tape recording. 1985.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $2.20

YARNS: CREATIVE WOMEN IN MELBOURNE'S WEST
Ed. N.Johnson & L.Purcell, MLMW, 1985
Eleven women talk about their lives at home and at work with particular reference to their creative activities. A5; 84 pp; photos.
Price: $5.00 Postage & handling: $2.20

EDUCATION KITS

THE OTHER RIVER: A SCHOOL RESOURCE KIT
Published by Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley Inc.
Each topic uses a variety of skills, from map reading to poetry to interpretation of data.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling: $3.30

OTHER

YOUR HISTORY MATE
Peter Haffenden, MLMW, 1994
You're History Mate describes the work of this unique community museum in Melbourne's western suburbs over the last nine years. The Living Museum has focussed on the people of the western suburbs as playing a central role in the research of the Museum and in the presentation of local history and heritage. The Museum has been described as developing the best examples of "outreach" programs in the state of Victoria. The book looks at the philosophies of this community museum and how those philosophies have been translated into programs, events, products and other forms of community outreach. A4, 80pp.
Price : $10.00 Postage & handling : $6.60

BACK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD - currently out of print
Ed.P.Haffenden, MLMW, 1988
Remarkable insights from an ordinary world. Illustrated catalogue of an exhibition featuring a series of pieces of artworks derived directly based conceptually in the work experiences of individuals and groups from Melbourne's western suburbs.
Price: $1.00 Postage & handling: $1.90

PICNIC - EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
Ed. K.Poliness, MLMW, 2003
Illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of contemporary art in the historic bluestone building featuring work by Stephen Bram, Marco Fusinato, Melinda Harper, Anne-Marie May, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Kerrie Poliness, Kathy Temin, Gary Wilson and Constanze Zikos. Essay by Ben Curnow.
Price: $10.00 Postage & handling: $6.60

BRIDGING THE YEARS: FOOTSCRAY OVER 50'S WRITERS.- currently out of stock
The Footscray over 50's Writers began in 1983. This is the second anthology of their own works.
Price: $8.00 Postage & handling $2.20.

POSTERS AND POST CARDS

STILL HERE - ABORIGINAL MAP OF MELBOURNE'S WESTERN REGION
Full colour poster showing ‘pre- European invasion’ features and sites such as tribal and language boundaries, quarry sites, meeting places, as well as some midden, burial and scar tree sites, remnant grasslands and wetlands. The map is overlaid with some current major roadways for reference. A2. Produced by MLMW.
Price: $3.00 each Postage: $6.60

KOROROIT CREEK
A set of six sepia post cards featuring historic scenes along the Kororoit Creek.
Price: 20c each $1.00 per set

PIPEMAKERS PARK
A set of six sepia post cards of old scenes of industrial buildings on the old Humes Pipe factory.
Price: 20c each $1.00 per set

CHANGING ENVIRONMENT OF MELBOURNE'S WEST
A set of nine sepia post cards and nine coloured pictures of the region's natural heritage.Price: $1.00 each

LE VAN TAI - CARDS
Color cards with artwork by writer and artist Le Van Tai.
Price: $1.00 Postage & handling .60c

 

 


 

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