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These resources provide for more detailed study of popular topics.  All books are available from Wyndham City Libraries.

ABORIGINES

Avalon Rail Link Project, Cultural Heritage Phase One Evaluation Report, Biosis Research, March 2012 p.13-16

This report contains information on the aboriginal history of the Little River area.

James, Ken, Aborigines in the Werribee District, Werribee District Historical Society Inc., Campbell Wilson Pty Ltd., Geelong, 1978

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Presland, Gary, The first residents of Melbourne’s western region. Published for the Footscray City Council and the Living Museum of the West, Harriland Press, 1997.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

AGRICULTURE

Penrose, Helen, Werribee farm: a history, 1892-2000.  Melbourne Water Corporation, 2001.

Werribee was the perfect site for MMBW’s new sewage farm, the Board’s most important early project, and one of the largest public works undertaken in Australia in the nineteenth century.  

Of the total land available, 7227 acres were set aside for irrigational farming; 367 for tree plantations; 915 for grazing; 230 for roads; 102 for townships and 16 for a Board of Works Reserve.

This book traces the history of the farm and its workers.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Wardle, B.R., The land that yielded. A story of the State Research Farm, Werribee, for its diamond jubilee year, 1972.  C.H. Rixon, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1972

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

EVERYDAY LIFE

Murray, Esther, The times I knew, Self published, 1994

Esther Murray was born and always lived in Werribee in an old farm house in Wattle Avenue.  The times I knew is a charming story ‘written for the under 14’s and those who can remember’ about life in Werribee in the 1920’s.  It is written firstly through the eyes of a child, and then through her teens and adulthood .  The books  gives detailed descriptions of everyday life, but also provides an insight into the thoughts and everyday activities of a child. An excerpt from the chapter on Wash days reads:

While the “firsts” were boiling Mumma would stand over the trough of hot soapy water scrubbing Dad’s overalls and work shirts on a corrugated washboard paying special attention to the collars of the shirts.  These got a good smearing of yellow kitchen soap and a mighty work-out on the board.  In the meantime the fire had to be kept stoked to provide heat for the water in the copper that eventually had to be emptied of dirty water and refilled from by bucket from a tap in the scullery.  The clothes would be hoisted from the copper into a cement trough and left to drain for a while.  The trough would then be filled with clean, cold water, then the clothes, after a thorough rinsing, would be put through the mangle.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

Campbell,  Margaret, From there to here. Excerpts from first person migration, Werribee 1840s-2000s. Werribee Community Centre Inc., Werribee, Victoria, 2005.

There are many stories in From there to here which describe life in early Werribee.  The earliest of these are the letters of Fanny Thomson of Little River, written to her mother in England between 1858 and 1861.  Here is an excerpt from 1858.

June 7th, 1858

…Thank you for your wish to send us an Harmonium but I assure you that it would be badly in the way here.  We have no time for such things now – nor must not have anything of the kind while we are but Tramps in the Colony.  All the real furniture I have in the tent is 3 chairs – my rocking chair and I table which John and Sam made.  The rest is boxes or things covered. Nor do I intent to get a place of my own to put it in.  You should see how a colonial bed is made. 4 stumps driven into the ground, pieces of wood nailed along and then sacks nails on and the men sleep on them without mattresses…

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

GENERAL HISTORY

Hocking, Geoff, Wyndham: our story. Images & Words, 2013

James. Ken & Pritchard. Lance, Werribee: the first 100 years. Werribee District Historical Society Inc., second edition 2008

This book identifies the five main periods in the history of the Werribee District from the 1830’s to the 1930’s.  Copies can also be purchased from the Werribee and District Historical Society.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Murray, Esther, The plains of Iramoo, Self published, 1994

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

THE MIGRANT EXPERIENCE

Baggio, R.A.,  The shoe in my cheese: An immigrant family experience.  Self published, 1989

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Campbell, Margaret, From there to here. Excerpts from first person migration, Werribee 1840s-2000s. Werribee Community Centre Inc., Werribee, Victoria, 2005.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Mantello, Maria, Now and then. The Sicilian farming community at Werribee Park, 1929-49.  Published by the Italian Newspaper Il Globo, Australia 1986

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

INDUSTRY

Carter, Walter M.S., The Carter family of Werribee, Corporate Printers, South Melbourne, 1997.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

NEWSPAPERS

Access to local newspapers is available through the National Library of Australia TROVE database.  The digitised newspapers are fully searchable and provide a wealth of primary source information. 

Bacchus Marsh Express (1866-1918)

The Bacchus Marsh Express is a great resource for early Wyndham history before The Werribee Banner began publication.

Werribee Shire Banner (1911-1952)

 

THE TOXIC DUMP

Strangio, Paul,  No toxic dump! A triumph for grassroots democracy and environmental justice. Pluto Press Australia Ltd., Annadale, New South Wales, 2001

No Toxic Dump! is an inspirational case study of the community's lengthy and ultimately successful campaign against the proposed dump. By adopting a strategy which went beyond the notion of 'Not in My Back Yard' (NIMBY), the Wyndham community effected significant changes to Victoria's public policy on industrial waste management.
Book review, Good reads < http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17928115-no-toxic-dump>

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

WERRIBEE PARK

Visit Melbourne. Werribee Mansion http://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/Melbourne/Activities-and-attractions/History-and-heritage/Werribee-Mansion.aspx

Parks Victoria. Werribee Park < http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/werribee-park>

Ronald. Heather B., Wool past the winning post. A history of the Chirnside family. Landvale Enterprises, South Yarra, Victoria, 1978

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue 

 

WERRIBEE RIVER

http://www.werribeeriver.org.au/

The Werribee River Association has a great website that provides information on the history, flora and fauna of the Werribee River.  Their website also has maps and current information.

 

WESTERN TREATMENT PLANT

Melbourne Water. History of the Werribee Treatment Plant

http://www.melbournewater.com.au/aboutus/historyandheritage/historyofsewerage/Pages/History-of-the-Western-Treatment-Plant.aspx

Penrose, Helen, Werribee farm: a history, 1892-2000.  Melbourne Water Corporation, 2001.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Classroom Resources

These resources provide for more detailed study of popular topics.  All books are available from Wyndham City Libraries.

ABORIGINES

Avalon Rail Link Project, Cultural Heritage Phase One Evaluation Report, Biosis Research, March 2012 p.13-16

This report contains information on the aboriginal history of the Little River area.

James, Ken, Aborigines in the Werribee District, Werribee District Historical Society Inc., Campbell Wilson Pty Ltd., Geelong, 1978

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Presland, Gary, The first residents of Melbourne’s western region. Published for the Footscray City Council and the Living Museum of the West, Harriland Press, 1997.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

AGRICULTURE

Penrose, Helen, Werribee farm: a history, 1892-2000.  Melbourne Water Corporation, 2001.

Werribee was the perfect site for MMBW’s new sewage farm, the Board’s most important early project, and one of the largest public works undertaken in Australia in the nineteenth century.  

Of the total land available, 7227 acres were set aside for irrigational farming; 367 for tree plantations; 915 for grazing; 230 for roads; 102 for townships and 16 for a Board of Works Reserve.

This book traces the history of the farm and its workers.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Wardle, B.R., The land that yielded. A story of the State Research Farm, Werribee, for its diamond jubilee year, 1972.  C.H. Rixon, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1972

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

EVERYDAY LIFE

Murray, Esther, The times I knew, Self published, 1994

Esther Murray was born and always lived in Werribee in an old farm house in Wattle Avenue.  The times I knew is a charming story ‘written for the under 14’s and those who can remember’ about life in Werribee in the 1920’s.  It is written firstly through the eyes of a child, and then through her teens and adulthood .  The books  gives detailed descriptions of everyday life, but also provides an insight into the thoughts and everyday activities of a child. An excerpt from the chapter on Wash days reads:

While the “firsts” were boiling Mumma would stand over the trough of hot soapy water scrubbing Dad’s overalls and work shirts on a corrugated washboard paying special attention to the collars of the shirts.  These got a good smearing of yellow kitchen soap and a mighty work-out on the board.  In the meantime the fire had to be kept stoked to provide heat for the water in the copper that eventually had to be emptied of dirty water and refilled from by bucket from a tap in the scullery.  The clothes would be hoisted from the copper into a cement trough and left to drain for a while.  The trough would then be filled with clean, cold water, then the clothes, after a thorough rinsing, would be put through the mangle.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

Campbell,  Margaret, From there to here. Excerpts from first person migration, Werribee 1840s-2000s. Werribee Community Centre Inc., Werribee, Victoria, 2005.

There are many stories in From there to here which describe life in early Werribee.  The earliest of these are the letters of Fanny Thomson of Little River, written to her mother in England between 1858 and 1861.  Here is an excerpt from 1858.

June 7th, 1858

…Thank you for your wish to send us an Harmonium but I assure you that it would be badly in the way here.  We have no time for such things now – nor must not have anything of the kind while we are but Tramps in the Colony.  All the real furniture I have in the tent is 3 chairs – my rocking chair and I table which John and Sam made.  The rest is boxes or things covered. Nor do I intent to get a place of my own to put it in.  You should see how a colonial bed is made. 4 stumps driven into the ground, pieces of wood nailed along and then sacks nails on and the men sleep on them without mattresses…

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

GENERAL HISTORY

Hocking, Geoff, Wyndham: our story. Images & Words, 2013

James. Ken & Pritchard. Lance, Werribee: the first 100 years. Werribee District Historical Society Inc., second edition 2008

This book identifies the five main periods in the history of the Werribee District from the 1830’s to the 1930’s.  Copies can also be purchased from the Werribee and District Historical Society.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Murray, Esther, The plains of Iramoo, Self published, 1994

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

THE MIGRANT EXPERIENCE

Baggio, R.A.,  The shoe in my cheese: An immigrant family experience.  Self published, 1989

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Campbell, Margaret, From there to here. Excerpts from first person migration, Werribee 1840s-2000s. Werribee Community Centre Inc., Werribee, Victoria, 2005.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

Mantello, Maria, Now and then. The Sicilian farming community at Werribee Park, 1929-49.  Published by the Italian Newspaper Il Globo, Australia 1986

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

INDUSTRY

Carter, Walter M.S., The Carter family of Werribee, Corporate Printers, South Melbourne, 1997.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

NEWSPAPERS

Access to local newspapers is available through the National Library of Australia TROVE database.  The digitised newspapers are fully searchable and provide a wealth of primary source information. 

Bacchus Marsh Express (1866-1918)

The Bacchus Marsh Express is a great resource for early Wyndham history before The Werribee Banner began publication.

Werribee Shire Banner (1911-1952)

 

THE TOXIC DUMP

Strangio, Paul,  No toxic dump! A triumph for grassroots democracy and environmental justice. Pluto Press Australia Ltd., Annadale, New South Wales, 2001

No Toxic Dump! is an inspirational case study of the community's lengthy and ultimately successful campaign against the proposed dump. By adopting a strategy which went beyond the notion of 'Not in My Back Yard' (NIMBY), the Wyndham community effected significant changes to Victoria's public policy on industrial waste management.
Book review, Good reads < http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17928115-no-toxic-dump>

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

 

WERRIBEE PARK

Visit Melbourne. Werribee Mansion http://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/Melbourne/Activities-and-attractions/History-and-heritage/Werribee-Mansion.aspx

Parks Victoria. Werribee Park < http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/werribee-park>

Ronald. Heather B., Wool past the winning post. A history of the Chirnside family. Landvale Enterprises, South Yarra, Victoria, 1978

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue 

 

WERRIBEE RIVER

http://www.werribeeriver.org.au/

The Werribee River Association has a great website that provides information on the history, flora and fauna of the Werribee River.  Their website also has maps and current information.

 

WESTERN TREATMENT PLANT

Melbourne Water. History of the Werribee Treatment Plant

http://www.melbournewater.com.au/aboutus/historyandheritage/historyofsewerage/Pages/History-of-the-Western-Treatment-Plant.aspx

Penrose, Helen, Werribee farm: a history, 1892-2000.  Melbourne Water Corporation, 2001.

Click here to view this title on the Wyndham Library Catalogue

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