Alfred Marcus Chalmers

Alfred Marcus Chalmers entered this world in December 1894 in Richard Street, Mitcham. He was one of eight children born of Mary Jane and William Chalmers, an employee of the Australian Tessalated Tile Company. Read More


Mitcham was named after Mitcham Grove, a farm property owned by William Slater, who grew roses and herbs for perfumes and remedies. Read More


In Parkside Avenue, Blackburn a 250 year old stringybark is believed to have been the focus in a place of ritual of the Wurundjeri people, original inhabitants of the Nuwawading area. Read More


The landscape of Vermont was thickly timbered bushland, inhabited by the Wurundjeri, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who camped near the creeks and gullies of the area now known as Bellbird Dell. Read More


First settled by Europeans in the 1840s, originally “Blackburn Creek” was a staging post on the way to Lilydale, centred on the Travellers’ Rest Hotel (erected 1861). Read More

May-June 2019

The story on the cover of our last newsletter drew a number of interested comments from readers, one of whom discovered the following article on TROVE. Read More

March-April 2019

When reading old newspapers, it is fascinating to discover what was considered news at the time and how it was written. Read More

January-February 2019

It’s back to school again. Teachers who think they have it tough these days should spare a thought for their colleagues of yesteryear. Read More

November-December 2018

“Better for her not to know,” they told my parents in 1946. I was adopted into a loving family and have lived a most fortunate and privileged life. Read More

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