The Many Lives of a Minor Brunswick Mansion

Siteworks 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

Kitty Owens will speak about her research project on Melville House - 104 Melville Road West Brunswick. Melville House is an imposing nineteenth century villa, hidden by a large hedge, which has intrigued neighbours for many years. This talk explores the interesting history of Melville House (including a couple of scandals), and also reflects on suburban history, and writing about a place with a personal connection. 104 Melville Road West Brunswick was built by a herbalist, and was home to a series of large families, the Mentiplays, Bastows, Ryans, and Skardons, between 1892 and 1969. The house was sold to the Paraskevopoulos brothers in 1969, and was rented out. The house was a convalescent home for some time in the 1970s, before becoming a shared house full of performers, musicians, artists (and a donkey), finally becoming a family home again in 1994. Kitty Owens is a freelance history curator, artist and writer, who lived in Melville House in 1989-1991, during the ‘shared house era’. This project was supported by the Moreland City Council Making Spaces program.
Image Courtesy the Skardon Gist family

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History of the Upfield Railway line

Brunswick Town Hall, First floor meeting room above Counihan Gallery. 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Vic, Australia

Attention is focused on the railway line as we prepare for the skyrail. We will show a film about the history of the line made in the late 1990s by Public Transport Victoria and the Railways Historical Society. After that local activist and transport expert Glenyys Romanes will talk about the more recent history and the battles to save the line from closure.
Photo by John Werrett

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Stories of the Upfield Line – a walk along the line

Park Street level crossing Park Street, Brunswick, VIC, Australia

A walk along the Brunswick section of the Upfield railway line drawing attention to the heritage features and the people who used to operate the level crossing gates

Free

History of the Brunswick Hockey Club

Brunswick Town Hall, First floor meeting room above Counihan Gallery. 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Vic, Australia

Brunswick Hockey Club celebrates its centenary this year. Noel Turner has written a history of the Club and will talk about this long-lived and vibrant organisation.

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Sydney Road History Walks

Sydney Road History Walks are back. These are run by BCHG in partnership with Sydney Road Brunswick Association. The next series of walks will be held in June and will cover the area from Dawson St to Victoria Street. June 10th is booked out but there are some spots available for June 17 and 24. […]

The Salvation Army in Brunswick – 140 years of care and support

Salvation Army Brunswick Citadel 256 Albert Street, Brunswick, Vic, Australia

Lieutenant Alison Templar, Corps Officer, Brunswick will talk about the Salvos who have been operating here for 140 years  and were the main provider of social services in Brunswick in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They continue this role today. The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel in Albert Street […]

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Whelan the Wrecker – the Brunswick firm which changed Melbourne

Kirrip Djerring Room, first floor, Brunswick Town Hall, Sydney Road, Brunswick 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Vic, Australia

Robyn Annear – Author of A City lost and found;  Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne  and a very entertaining speaker will talk about this iconic Brunswick firm.  Whelan’s destroyed much of Melbourne in the 1950s-70s.  They did rescue a lot of heritage elements from the buildings they demolished which they made available to builders and renovators […]

Sydney Road History Walks

Sydney Road History tours are happening again on 2, 9 and 16 September. Book on the Sydney Road Brunswick Association Website.

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The Birth of Progressive Brunswick

Kirrip Djerring Room, first floor, Brunswick Town Hall, Sydney Road, Brunswick 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Vic, Australia

During the 1970s Brunswick was the site of a number of progressive initiatives which are still bearing fruit today. Gil Freeman OAM was deeply involved in a number of these including CERES, the Sydney Rd Community School, BRUSEC and others.  Gil will talk about his experiences after our AGM. Gil and his wife Dr Meredith […]

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