An evening with Alice

Presented by Catlin Langford, enthusiast and collector.

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Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, 1865: The Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit.

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Illustrated by Robert Ingpen, 2009          Film, Alice In Wonderland, 1972.

When:  Wednesday 8 July from 6.30 – 7.30pm.

Where:  Relaxed Reading Area, City of Tea Tree Gully Library.

Cost:  Free.  Bookings are essential.

2015 marks 150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, considered as one of the most famous works of children’s literature. An Evening with Alice will investigate the numerous ideas, people, food, and paintings that inspired Carroll’s celebrated work of literature, providing an insight into topics as diverse as the Pre- Raphaelite group, to the not-so-beautiful turtle soup, to poisonous hats, and pet wombats.

You can book for An Evening with Alice here or telephone the Library on 8397 7333.

If you are of a crafty disposition, enjoy a sweet treat and are interested in everything ‘Alice’, READ ME.

Living in the 70s

David, our local historian is hosting an historical bus tour of the area on Wednesday May 16 – taking an amusing and affectionate look at how the ‘decade that taste forgot’ was experienced in Tea Tree Gully. The 70’s saw an explosion in population, and major changes in landscape; including the transition from vineyard and farming to residential land use and the creation of Tea Tree Plaza. Come along for an eye opening journey through the seventies. More details are available on our website.

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Interested in Tea Tree Gully’s history, but don’t want to sit around reading about it? You should go on one of our bus tours!

The Library’s historical bus tours are a great way to get out of the house, meet other like-minded history enthusiasts and take a day trip through the Tea Tree Gully area. The $30 cost includes a home-cooked lunch at the Old Highercombe Hotel Museum, and you get to have a look through the museum afterwards.

Our next upcoming tour is the “3 G’s” – Golden Grove, Glen Ewin and the Gully. It’ s on Monday 30 April from 9:30am to 2:30pm and bookings open on April 13.  Later this year we even have a couple of brand new bus tours, including a 70s themed one! For more details, see our Local History Program.

Bus tours

How much do you know about the first settlers in the Tea Tree Gully area? Fifteen brave history fanatics braved the wet and wild weather last Saturday to find out about some of our cemeteries and the local identities buried there.

Our day started out at Golden Grove Cemetery, where unfortunately we didn’t get to spend much time due to the torrential rain. We were all glad to dry off indoors at the Golden Grove Uniting Church (above) and look at their wonderful History Week display, while listening to some facts about the church itself.

From there we headed out to Houghton Cemetery, and by then the rain had fortunately eased up. We heard stories of the Newman, Haines and McEwin families to name a few, then it was off to the Highercombe Hotel Folk Museum for a delicious home-cooked lunch.

Our final cemetery for the day was Hope Valley (below), where prominent figures such as the Wilkey and Kloepper families are buried. A fun and educational day was had by all!

Touring Tea Tree Gully


Have you ever looked at some of the old buildings in the Tea Tree Gully area and wondered about their history? Or maybe you’ve heard of some of the local pioneers from the 19th century and wanted to know more about their lives.

The Library has two Historic Bus Tours coming up that are a must for history enthusiasts. The first one will be Time Travelling in Tea Tree Gully, on Monday 24th May from 9:30am-2:30pm. It is a ‘history mystery’ tour, so as well as learning about the historical significance of the area you can collect clues and solve some mysteries along the way.

We will then have A Grave Matter – Golden Grove, Hope Valley and Houghton cemeteries. This exciting cemetery tour will be on Saturday 29th May from 10:00am-2:00pm. Come along and learn about the lives of some of those who are interred at our local cemeteries.

As with all our bus tours, a home-cooked lunch at the Old Highercombe Hotel Folk Museum is included in the cost of $25.00 per person. Bookings can be made by phoning 8397 7333.