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Wyndham City Libraries’ Family and Local History Collection includes books, maps, photos, newspapers, magazines, microfiche and microfilm which are available in the Family and Local History Room at the Hoppers Crossing Library.

If you have a research question or need help accessing the collection, please contact the Family and Local History Librarian on 8734 2600 or email FamilyHistory.Librarian@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

 

Local & Family History Events

Wyndham City Libraries hosts a variety of different local history and family history events throughout the year including talks, bus tours, workshops and more. Keep an eye out for these on our event calendar.

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Our next event is Journey of A Lost Manuscript, find out more and book your free ticket below.

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Catch up with some of the great online events you may have missed on our Events on Demand page, like our Flushed with Success: History of the Metropolitan Farm and Treatment Works.

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Family History Groups

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We have two Family History Groups that meet at our Libraries to support people working on Family Histories.

Hoppers Crossing Library

Last Saturday of the month from February to November

10am – 12pm

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Manor Lakes Library

Second Tuesday of the month from February to December

1pm – 3pm

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Family History Help

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Just starting your Family History or are you a seasoned researcher that needs a little support? Our Family and Local History Librarian is available to help. Get in touch via email: FamilyHistory.Librarian@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Family and Local History Collection

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Most books in the collection are available to borrow and can be collected from any branch, however some items are not for loan. Not for loan items can be browsed at the Hoppers Crossing Library.

The Library’s large collection of microfiche and microfilm includes records from Australia, England, Europe and the USA. This collection is housed in the Family and Local History Room and can be browsed on site at Hoppers Crossing Library. 

Wyndham ANZAC Project

 

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In early 2013, Wyndham City Libraries began researching the biographies of local WW1 veterans to honour their service to Australia and share their stories with the community. The research project is based on the names listed on the Werribee RSL Honour Board, and in future will also include research into the names listed on other Honour Boards within Wyndham and its surrounding areas.

We need your help to discover more about the lives of Wyndham’s WW1 veterans. If you're a descendant, or know the history of a local WW1 veteran, we welcome you to share your knowledge and treasures. If you would like copies of your photographs, letters or other artefacts to be included in the Library’s collection, please contact the Family and Local History Librarian.

You can view the list of local veterans and their biographies on the Wyndham History Website

Family and local history eResources

Wyndham City Libraries provide library members with free access to Ancestry.com (Library ed.) Find My Past and the British Newspaper Archives.

We are also an Affiliate Library with FamilySearch, allowing patrons to access 60% of the restricted records while on public computers within our library branches. The remaining 40% of restricted records can be accessed at any Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For more information view our eResources page:

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Wyndham History Website

This website features photographs, stories, oral histories, interactive maps, exhibits, timelines and more. We are adding new content frequently and are looking for photographs of people and places of Wyndham’s early history to add to it. For assistance or any queries please contact the Family and Local History Librarian

You can contribute an item by creating an account here.

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Our Wyndham Covid-19 Stories

We are collecting stories from Wyndham’s community on the effects of COVID-19 on our way of life. These stories will be preserved on the Wyndham History Website and in the library’s collection for future generations.

You can tell your story by sharing:

  • A photo with a caption
  • A one-minute audio recording
  • A 500-word letter to a future generation

Find out more

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