The Shire of Whittlesea: the Outbreak of War

According to the Municipal Directory of 1918, the Shire of Whittlesea comprised Arthur’s Creek, Bruce’s Creek, Bundoora, Doreen, Eden Park, Epping (population 625), Mernda,  South Yan Yean (700), Merriang, Morang (South, 725), Nutfield, Scrubby Creek, Tanck’s Corner, Thomastown (283), Whittlesea (800), Woollert, Woodstock (275) and Yan Yean.  All of the place names today remain with […]

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Whittlesea War Memorial

BROWN, Donald – Pte 6971                          14 Bn.AIF                             `               Died: 26 September 1917 – Belgium BUTLER, Henry – Pte 2941                             8 Reinforcements, 22 Bn. AIF      Died: 14 July 1915 CHETTLE, Thomas – Pte 1581                        14 Bn. AIF                                            Died: 7 August 1915 – Dardenelles COOK, Phillip Edward – Cpl 4470                 46 Bn. […]

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Whittlesea Courthouse 150th

The Whittlesea Courthouse celebrates its 150th anniversary as part of the 2014 City of Whittlesea Cultural heritage Program.  Built in 1864, the Courthouse is one of the oldest functional buildings in the municipality.  Operating as a Court of Petty sessions until 1989, it was later restored and reopened to the public in 1996.  The site […]

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Lochaber Farm

Lochaber cottage was home to two generations of the Smith Family, located at the present address of 45 harvest Home Road, Epping.  Two of the twelve Smith children are pictured here with their father in front of their bluestone farmhouse in c.1918.  “Mr Robert Smith (pictured at right) spent his lifetime in this and surrounding […]

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