Preston and Northcote School Sports

The Preston and Northcote School Sports While recently researching the history of Preston and Gowerville Park (aka Preston City Oval), I came across a long forgotten phenomenon of the 1950s and early 60s that I’m sure will strike a chord with many readers of a Certain Age. With a drop-off in interest and attendances in Association football in those years, […]

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The Northcote Inebriates Retreat

Would many of the thousands of students, teachers and staff of Northcote High School ever have realised their every-day activities at the school were conducted on the former site of Melbourne’s largest institution for treating alcoholism? The Northcote Inebriate Asylum (a.k.a. the Northcote Inebriate’s Retreat) was originally a private organisation opened by Dr. Charles McCarthy […]

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A Northcote Memory

Since coming down to Melbourne from the northern Victorian town of Cobram in 1971, to attend La Trobe University, I have lived in Northcote, and worked in Preston and now Reservoir. The north obviously suits me, and while I miss the mighty Murray, the Merri Creek will do. I greatly appreciate the rejuvenation  of this […]

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A Devotion to Duty

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer rendered valuable service throughout three days’ operations. The information furnished by his reconnaissance was invaluable, and helped greatly to the success of two advances. He showed marked ability in adapting captured machine guns for use against the enemy, instructing the gunners and helping them in every way. He led a […]

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A Gift from Egypt

In 1917, a young soldier on leave took a day trip down Port Phillip Bay in the excursion steamer Reliance. On the return trip, while there was a “sing-song” around the piano, he was joined where he was sitting apart, by a young girl to whom he’d been introduced earlier, “and we talked.” Sam continued, […]

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