The Northcote History Group
New publications including Northcote and its environs will be described here. If you have seen others, email us with details for inclusion.
1. Recent Publications
Recent books seen post 2000.
Surviving the Six O'Clock Swill: A History of Darebin's Hotels. Gary Edge.
This 66pp sepia toned publications lists all the pubs currently known that have had a connection with either Northcote or Preston and their environs. The author, Gary Edge, has assembled a good range of illustrations to suit the informative text.
ISBN #095893083-X, City of Darebin (c) 2004.
Copies available for $9-90 plus P&H from Darebin Library outlets.
DECC & The Connies present "Darebin's Australians: Immigrants to Citizens"
Darebin Ethnic Communities Council & Connies Collectables have prepared swap cards highlighting the diverse history of 130,000 people from 148 countries, speaking 105 languages. The extended stories are here on line at DECC. November, 2004.
Chinese Settlement in Darebin. Arthur Yong. 2nd Edition, 2004.
A Bend in the Yarra: a history of the Merri creek protectorate station and merri creek aboriginal school 1841-1851. Clark & Heydon.
AIATSIS Report Series. 2004.
An account of the ill-fated attempt by the school. Connections with Peter McArthur of Arthurton.
The First Twenty: Recalling 1928-1948. Robert J (Bob) Lewis. 2002.
Excellent personal history with many connections with Northcote.
Brave & True: From blue to khaki – The Band of 2/22nd llion. Lindsay C Cox. Salvation Army 2003.
Many band members were from Northcote and Preston and only one bandsman survived the invasion of Rabaul in WWII.
Alphington Swimming Pool. Richard Broome, 2002.
Residents constructed their own swimming hole.
Darebin Heritage Review 2000. Andrew Ward. 2001
Three volume update to Graeme Butler's 1983 property index.
People of the Merri Merri: the Wurundjeri in colonial days. Ellender & Christiansen.
Merri Creek Management Committee. 2001.
2. Publications for sale
The publications below, published by Northcote Historical & Conservataion Society, are for sale through Darebin Libraries and Information Victoria.
a) Northcote: Glimpses of Our Past
This glossy publication is 44 pages. It is a collection of articles about Northcote. Each page has a beautifully reproduced black and white photograph from the Society's collection. A selection of articles are: Yarra Swimming was Popular Passtime, Toll and Tower Houses, Town Hall is Our Showpiece, Perry's Left a Great Legacy, Melbourne Built on Northcote Clay, etc. Glimpses was produced in 1988 with a Bicentennial Grant.
b) Voices from the Archives: Northcote People Talking
Voices was produced in 1998 from the oral histories NHCS members made and is 26 pages. Whilst there are few illustrations it is chock full of wonderful recollections of life from about 1910 till the 1950s. It is divided into twelve sections including: Depression, Entertainment - Films & Music, Public Transport, Fitzroy Race Course, Rudder Grange and lots more! On the back cover is a drawing of the Fitzroy Racecourse that used to be between Gadd Street and Woolton Avenue, off St Georges Road in Thornbury. This race track used to be classed as an 'illegal track'. Horses that ran here could not run at 'legitimate' tracks like Flemington.
3. Other Publications
Read about Northcote's History in these fascinating publications:
Most of these books are either out of print or on limited access.
- Primary Resource Material:
Those listed here are all available from the Reference Collection at Darebin Libraries (check your own local library also!).
The numbers in brackets refer to library call numbers.
The History of Northcote: From its First Settlement to a City was written By W.G. Swift and published in 1928. He was the Town Clerk of Northcote when the book was written and he was part of the first Council in 1883. Much of the material is thus first hand recollections. The book also includes a 'Tour through the district in 1885'. [This is reproduced at the Tours page at this site.] Unfortunately there are no copies available for loan from the Library. [REF 994.51 SWI]
Northcote Jubilee Celebrations 1883-1933. This is the Souvenir and official Programme of the 50th celebrations Northcote undertook. Put together by W G Swift & R J Whalley, this is a time capsule of events and organisations from 1933. It is well illustrated and includes companies such as Angus & Co, Northcote (Picture) Theatre, Sutton Tool & Gauge, Joshua Pitt Leather Works, Northcote Library, Northcote Tile & Pottery Co, and many others. Details various civic works such as gardens and public buildings as well. Available on request only. Not for loan.
- The Northcote Side of River. Published in 1983 this 306pp book is a 'must read' for anyone intersted in Northcote's history. Well illustrated with photos and drawings this traces the development of the City with human characters. it explains the various depressions (1840s, 1880s and 1930s) and their effect on Northcote's development. [994.51 LEM]
- Index to Known Burials of Northcote [German] Cemetery
- Butler, Graham. City of Northcote Urban Conservation Study - 3 volumes, 1983.
- Councilors of City of Northcote: 1883-1994.
- 'Leader' Newspaper - 1898- . On microfilm / cd-rom. Available only at Darebin Libraries or State Library.
- Aqualina, Robert. History of Whittlesea Railway
Additional publications about Northcote's past are described below.
- Don & Cassmanento. Socio-Economic Profile of Northcote, 1980.
- Malone, Betty. History of Flinders Street - Thornbury. MSS
- Selitto, Carmen. Street Names of Westgarth, 1993.
- SPAN. Doing Time in Northcote, 1991.
- SPAN. Past, Present, Future.
- Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum
- We were so Simple Then: Growing up in East Preston [and Thornbury] in 1920- 1940 - Chapter 1 of But Nothing ever Happened to Us: Memories of the Twenties and Thirties, 1986.
- Garden, Donald. Heidelberg: the land and its people 1838-1900. 1972.
- Heidelberg Since 1836: a pictorial history. 1971.
- Oral Histories:
This page was updated 16 July 2005