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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is opening on Sundays from Sunday 29th November

The Museum is opening on Sunday 29th November, Sunday 6th December, and Sunday 13th December 2020. It will be closed for the remainder of 2020, until February 2021.

With social distancing, we can only have 2 people and 1 volunteer in the Research Room and up to 4 people in the Exhibition space during each time slot between 2pm and 3:15pm and 3:30pm and 4:45pm.

Book your timeslot by email only at heidelberg.historical.society@gmail.com. This applies to our members as well as to the public.

Face masks are required to be worn inside the Museum. You will be required to leave your name and phone number as per Victorian Government regulation.

If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.

23rd November 2020

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An Aerial View of Alphington and Darebin

Posted on Monday, 9th November 2020 by Janine Rizzetti

Image: State Library of Victoria http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/383018

Here’s an aerial photo of the Alphington and Darebin area taken by Charles Pratt in 1950. Three diagonal lines bisect the photo from the bottom left to the right.

Reading from left to right, you can see Heidelberg Road on the left. The double storey Art Deco newsagency is visible about 1/3 of the way along, and you can see the former Darebin Bridge hotel over the Darebin creek, both on the right hand side of Heidelberg Road. You can see the Tower Hotel further along Heidelberg Road on the left hand side.

Then you can see the railway line and Darebin Station in the middle, with the Ivalda Masonic Temple along Salisbury Ave.

The clearly visible road to the right of the railway is Rockbeare Grove.

The river in the top left hand corner seems to have broken its banks.

There’s no sign here of the high rise buildings that line Heidelberg Road in Darebin today! It’s certainly much greener today, as the trees have grown and the Darebin Parklands have been revegetated.

If you go to the State Library of Victoria entry for this photo at http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/383018, you can download a high resolution of the image that provides amazing detail.

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