Famous Painter Old Resident of Eltham

Advertiser January 27, 1928 The picture “Ghosts of Menin Gate,” which has been presented to Australia by Lord Woolavington (formerly Sir James Buchanan) was painted by Mr. Will Longstaff, who is an old resident of Eltham. Mr. Longstaff lived here for a good number of years, and enlisted when the war broke out, subsequently attaining the rank of captain, and being the […]

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Tribute to the Fallen

The Argus June 21, 1921 p. 6 Heidelberg Memorial Unveiled. Erected by public subscription in the grounds of the shire hall, Heidelberg’s memorial to her fallen soldiers was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor yesterday afternoon. It consists of a granite obelisk, and bears the names of 29 soldiers from the district who lost their lives in the Great War. […]

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Adeline

By M.R. Simkin My grandmother’s ring was very large indeed, so big it hung loosely on my mother’s thumb when she wore it to the jewelers to have it resized. The jeweler was intrigued but didn’t ask questions. My grandmother told me the story in her tiny, crowded kitchen many, many years ago when I innocently asked her why her left ring finger […]

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Fly Specks on the Universe

“Places like Panton Hill had been referred to by Mr Clement Wragge as fly-specks on the universe, and yet, from this little fly-speck, over 32 boys had volunteered and been accepted for active service.” 1916 ‘ RETURNED WOUNDED. SOLDIERS AT PANTON HILL.’, Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 – 1917), 15 December, […]

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The Lost Honour Board

By Jim Allen On 30th June 1915 the Evelyn Observer and Bourke Record started advertising for details of local and district men who had enlisted for service in World War One. This request continued throughout 1916 for the districts of: Arthur’s Creek Kangaroo Ground Queenstown Whittlesea Eltham Kinglake Research Wonga Park Hurstbridge Panton Hill Yarra […]

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Victoria Cross Estate

VC Estate history recognised City of Banyule – September 2015 The history of the VC Estate in Macleod West is finally being recognised, nearly 100 years after it was conceived, with the launch of new signage and the installation of a time capsule to be opened in 25 years. The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig […]

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