Christmas / New Year 2018-19

Jan 2, 2019 by

Our Research Room is closed until 11 am Tuesday 5 February 2019. However, we will happily open for visitors from outside the Casey Cardinia area during the break if given enough notice. Please contact Lynne to arrange a time.

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We’re closed Saturday 1 December 2018

Nov 29, 2018 by

We’re closing the Research Room this Saturday so that all our volunteers can attend our Christmas Lunch. 

Please also be aware that our last Research Room session for the year will be on Tuesday 11th December. The Research Room will close at 3 pm on this day and not reopen until 5th February at 11 am.

Please note that we will happily open the Research Room for anyone visiting from outside the Casey Cardinia area over the Christmas/New Year break if given enough notice.

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Writing the War Exhibition

Oct 31, 2017 by

Writing the War Exhibition
At the Cranbourne Library from October 26 2017 to December 7 2017.

Venue for all the activities is the Cranbourne Library.

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Thursday November 2 at 11.00am.
Michael Madden – Australian Victorian Cross recipients
Michael Madden is a multi-award winning writer and will talk about his current project – researching and writing a book based on the 100 Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross covering their medals, statues, monuments and final resting places. Michael runs his own Military Medal Business in Berwick and has supplied replica medals and professional advice to service personnel, Museums and even Hollywood movies!


Thursday November 9 at 2.00pm.
Official Launch of Writing the War Exhibition by the Hon. Anthony Byrne. Guest speaker is Lambis Englezos
Lambis Englezos is a Greek-born, retired art teacher from Melbourne with a ‘magnificent obsession’ to find, recover, and honour Australia’s missing diggers from the Battle of Fromelles. He is the co-founder and driving force behind the internationally renowned ‘Friends of the 15th Brigade’. Lambis is a central figure in Patrick Lindsay’s book ‘Fromelles’ and is acknowledged in the Robin Corfield book ‘Fromelles – Don’t Forget Me Cobber’, for his contribution to the remembrance of this significant event in Australian history. He also featured in television stories on ‘60 Minutes’, and the ABC ‘7:30 Report’ on the fate of the missing diggers. Additionally, Lambis has written and been featured widely on this subject in print media.
Lambis received the Order of Australia in 2008 for his Fromelles work. He also won the inaugural Shrine Medallion in 2010 and was honoured by the RSL of Victoria with their ANZAC Award in the same year.


Tuesday, November 14 at 11.00am.
Local History Librarian, Heather Arnold – How we honored our soldiers
The talk will look at the various ways communities honoured their soldiers once the War ended. Heather will look at Avenues of Honour, War Memorials and Memorial buildings such as Halls, Schools and Hospitals.


Saturday November 18 at 1.30pm and
Monday, November 20 at 7.00pm
Jane Rivett-Carnac from the Narre Warren & District Family History Group – Researching your Military history
There is more to a service person than Name Rank and Serial Number. Join us for a 90 minute talk that will explore the many avenues available on the internet and in your library to gather the information you need to write their story. It may be a soldier sent to Sydney Cove with the First Fleet, a bushman in the Boer War, a Great Uncle in the Great War or Dad in the Second World War. Nurses Sailors Airmen and Civilians also have a story to tell.

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We’re back!

Sep 4, 2017 by

Our Research Room Manager and I.T. Officer have informed us that in their humble opinions, we are good to go. Well, good enough to have a go, is what they might have actually said. So, we’re opening the doors from Tuesday 5th September to see how we go.

At this stage we will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

We hope to be able to increase these days and times before too long – please enter through the Cranbourne Library entrance – 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne.

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It’s the end of an era!

Jul 30, 2017 by

Without fanfare or witness our two volunteers, Eileen and Jane closed our Narre Warren Research Room for the very last time at 4 pm today. It would be fair to say that after 25 years at the Narre Warren Library, it’s the end of an era for the family history group. So, I guess we can take a moment to be sad, and then we can look forward to a bigger, better, brighter future at Cranbourne.

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Winter Timetable

May 4, 2017 by

Just a reminder that now it’s May we have switched to our Winter Timetable. 

Our Research Room will not be open on Thursday nights until October. From now until the end of September, the Research Room will be open to members and visitors on Sunday afternoons between 2 pm and 4 pm instead of Thursday nights.

Our meetings will be on the second Saturday of the month for May, June, July, August and September. Please check the website for locations of meetings and workshops and any closures of the Research Room due to our imminent relocation to Cranbourne.

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