local studies pathfinder

December 2010
Some key publications are as follows:
 City of Moreland: thematic history (2010)
 History of Moreland Factsheets are available for borrowing and accessible online at
 Moreland pre-contact Aboriginal heritage study; Moreland post-contact Aboriginal heritage study
 Almost pretty: a history of Sydney Road by Laura Donati
 Brunswick: one history, many voices edited by Helen Penrose
 It happened in Brunswick: 1837-1987 by Les Barnes
 Coburg: between two creeks by Richard Broome
 Coburg chronicles by Lawrence Burchell
 Broadmeadows: a forgotten history by Michael Lemon
 Broadmeadows: two decades of community change 1981-2001 by Judith Faulds
 The Toorak of the North: an oral history of Glenroy, Hadfield and Coburg by Hadfield High School.
These publications are in lending, reference and Local History collections.
There are also histories and reports published about specific local organisations, places and buildings.
Please check the library catalogue.
The State Library of Victoria (SLV) and National Library of Australia also has books and reports about suburbs,
organisations and people of the City of Moreland, including copies of books by local authors. The Public Record
Office of Victoria has some records from State Government departments about local people and businesses.
The University of Melbourne Archives also has some records of local businesses.
Books published by local historical societies and local historians are also available for sale at the libraries.
Information Victoria also has some local histories for sale.
Suburb profiles and statistics
Information about current local statistics are available at the Moreland Council website at
See also census information at www.abs.gov.au
Wikinorthia www.wikinorthia.net.au
Wikinorthia is a website that lets local residents upload information about life in the Northern suburbs of
Melbourne. You can search it for information about local topics.
Photographs and maps
Some photographs held by the library service and the Coburg Historical Society are available online at
A selection of historic maps is available in the map drawer of the Les Barnes Local History Room at Brunswick.
Also refer to the Coburg Historic Society, Map Collection at State Library of Victoria; and Land Channel
Council agenda papers and minutes
Current /recent Council agendas and minutes
For current Council agendas and minutes ask at library Information Desks or go to
http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-council/council-and-committee-meetings.html (last 12 months)
Old Council agendas and minutes
Moreland City Council
1995 – current Hardcopy
Brunswick Local History Stack.
Pentridge District Road Board
Coburg Adaptive Technology Room
Coburg District Road Board
Coburg Adaptive Technology Room Shire
of Coburg
Coburg Adaptive Technology Room
Borough of Coburg
Coburg Adaptive Technology Room
City of Coburg/ Coburg City Council 1921–1951
Coburg Adaptive Technology Room
Coburg City Council
1980 – 1994 Hardcopy
Brunswick Local History Stack.
Brunswick City Council: (1850s–1994): only available at the Public Record Office of Victoria.
Rate records (microfiche copies of rate book contents)
City of Brunswick
1860–1959, 1971–-1978, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1989
Cob. Adap.Tech
1860–1959, 1971–-82, 1987, 1989
Brun Les Barnes
Pentridge District Road Board 1963 – 1868
Cob. Adap.Tech
Coburg District Road Board
1869 – 1874
Cob. Adap.Tech
Shire of Coburg
1875 – 1904
Cob. Adap.Tech
Borough of Coburg
1905 – 1920
Cob. Adap.Tech
City of Coburg
1921 – 1976
Cob. Adap.Tech
Microfiches of some City of Brunswick and City of Coburg rate records are also at State Library of Victoria.
For original rate books for City of Brunswick (1871–1980) and City of Coburg (1863–1986) contact PROV.
Local newspapers
Current/recent editions
Moreland Leader (online PDFversion) http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx#
Moreland Leader (online) January 2009 – ANZ Reference Centre database (article search)
Moreland Leader (online) July 2000 – Newsbank database (article search)
Moreland Leader (bound) 2001– Brunswick Les Barnes Room; Coburg Adaptive Tech. Room; Glenroy.
Moonee Valley Community News (bound) – Coburg Adaptive Technology Room.
Historic editions: bound copies
Brunswick area
Brunswick and Pentridge Press
Brunswick LH stack
Brunswick and Coburg Gazette
Brunswick LH stack
Leader Budget
Brunswick LH stack
Leader Budget
1950, 1963–1966
Brunswick Les Barnes Room
Brunswick Sentinel
1960, 1966–1995
Brunswick Les Barnes Room
Moreland Sentinel
Brunswick Les Barnes Room
Brunswick Express
Brunswick Les Barnes Room
Melbourne Times in Brunswick
1993, 2005,
Brunswick Les Barnes Room
Glenroy area
Broadmeadows Observer
Glenroy Library
Moreland Observer
June 1995 onwards
Glenroy Library
Moreland Community News
Glenroy Library
Moreland Leader (Northern Ed.)
2008 –
Glenroy Library
Coburg area
Community News
Coburg Adaptive Tech. Room
Coburg Courier
1968–June 1995
Coburg Adaptive Tech. Room
Moreland Courier
July 1995–June 2001
Coburg Adaptive Tech. Room
Coburg/Moreland Leader
Coburg Adaptive Tech. Room
The State Library of Victoria also has some local newspapers on microfilm.
Newspaper clippings and indexes to local newspapers
 Articles of local interest / relevance published in local, state and national newspapers (from mid 1980s
onwards) are filed alphabetically under relevant subject headings, such as Elections, Hospitals, Libraries
etc and are located in the Local History Room at Coburg Library.
 An electronic index (Inmagic) to articles published in the Brunswick SentinelMoreland Leader newspaper
from 1985–2005 is accessible on the computer in the Les Barnes Local History Room at Brunswick
Library. Refer to Local studies subject headings list next to the computer in the room.
Newsletters of local history societies
Moreland History News. Les Barnes Local History Room at Brunswick Library.
Fusion: the newsletter of the Brunswick Community History group. Les Barnes Local History Room at
Brunswick Library. Index to articles at http://home.vicnet.net.au/~bwkhistg/bchg.htm
Search: newsletter of the Coburg Historical Society. Various branches.
Oral histories:
Talks on Brunswick (1981–2001) and Talks on Moreland (2004–) sound recordings
Recordings on audio tapes are in the Les Barnes local history room in metal and wooden drawers. There is no
index. For digital audio recordings of Talks 2010 onwards – speak with Adult/Information Librarians.
The National Library of Australia and State Library of Victoria also have some oral history recordings.
Pamphlet files
Loose files on various local topics were kept up until the late 1990s. These are available to view by appointment
with the Adult/Information Services Librarian at Brunswick Library.
Useful contacts
Broadmeadows Historical Society http://home.vicnet.net.au/~broadhs/index.htm.
Brunswick Community History Group. Phone 9387 1194. Meets 1–4.30 pm first Saturday of the month in
Mayor’s Room, Brunswick Town Hall. http://home.vicnet.net.au/~bwkhistg/bchg.htm
Coburg Historical Society. Bluestone Cottage 82 Bell Street. 2–5 pm first Sunday of the month.
Please note: all items in the local studies collection are subject to current copyright legislation.