Seddon has been home to five generations of Carmel Taig’s family. Since retiring from teaching at Distance Education Centre Victoria, she has concentrated on local history, both as a researcher and writer in her own right and as an office bearer at the Footscray Historical Society. In 2014 she launched The Giant by the River, a publishing project supported by Sugar Australia and the Public Records Office Victoria. She is currently researching the Yarraville Tennis Club which celebrated its centenary in 2014. She also wrote the award winning Yarraville in 1901: Walks dedicated to James Palmer, Frances Maude Wood and James Cuming Snr. (2002 now out of print) As secretary of Footscray Historical Society, based at Ercildoune, Carmel works with other volunteers to increase membership and engagement, to respond to research queries, plan and promote public talks and displays, conduct historical walking tours, write grant applications, catalogue and conserve Ercildoune’s expanding archives, publish regular newsletters and administer the society’s website and Facebook page.