7th February 2009

The hot sun blazed down on Church Street Whittlesea on the Country Music Show.  Singers and musicians and dancers and a happy crowd sweltered in the sun’s fierce glow. While they enjoyed themselves, despite the heat, no one in that crowd’s imagination dreamed that many miles away, a spark would start this massive conflagration. It […]

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Percy Chaster Brearley

By Cheryl Griffin. Percy Brearley was born at Geelong, but enlisted in the 23rd Battalion at Rutherglen in February 1915 aged 25 years 6 months. He qualified for a commission and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in December 1916 and then served with the 46th Battalion. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July […]

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Exemption courts in Coburg

By Cheryl Griffin. On Wednesday 18 October 1916, just ten days before the first Conscription Referendum was held, 74 applications for exemption from military service were made before Police Magistrate Dr Frank Hobill Cole at Coburg Court. Thirty-four applications were granted, 31 were refused, five temporary or conditional exemptions were granted and four were adjourned. […]

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