This very useful database has an "Advanced Search" option which allows you to search by keywords, including the addresses of the Next of Kin - handy for those who came across from Australia and served with New Zealand Forces. Thanks to Jenny for that little tip. I've found some interesting records by putting Essendon or Flemington in the advanced search.
There are several World War 1 Honour Boards hanging in the Kensington Town Hall, in the upstairs area which has now been boarded off for safety reasons. I was unable to get a photograph of these boards before access was closed. I have been unable to track down any photos through the Moonee Valley Council, Melbourne City Council, Australian War Memorial, RSL, or by relentless Googling.
Is is possible that anyone may have taken a photo of these boards - even accidentally at a 21st birthday party - that I could use to extract names for my database of Essendon and Flemington volunteers, and/or use to illustrate my website?
The Moonee Valley Council did have the boards photographed to record their Community Art Collection, but the thumbnails used on the website are too small to read, and they cannot now locate the original photos.
Source: Moonee Valley Council website - Arts and Culture - Community Art Collection: If you click on the image you can see the whole thing
The boards originated with various Friendly Societies, and two commemorating the Great War are from the PAFS (Protestant Alliance Friendly Society) and ANA (Australian Natives Association).
Another source of the same information might be a pamphlet printed for the unveiling of the boards, should anyone have one in a bottom drawer.
I would be very grateful if someone could come up with some photos or the information contained on the boards.
I have created a number of local history projects for which you will find links on this blog. I am a community historian (ie, not paid) living in Essendon. The content of my Empire Called database (see the link to the PBWorks website) is the result of nearly 25 years' research. I began collecting material for the database of local WW1 volunteers in the early 1990s, beginning with hand transcriptions of Honour Boards in local schools, churches, clubs and so on. It was after this that the National Archives of Australia began making digitised service records available online, followed by the Australian War Memorial uploading Embarkation Rolls of the Australian Imperial Force. The Empire Called blog is a companion for the PBWorks website of the same name.
Time Travellers in Essendon and Flemington is set up in the same way, with a website and a blog to report additions to the website. The website is a vehicle to publish longer pieces of research that are too long for newsletters. It also includes various indexes I have worked on for many years, plus photos from various sources which I date and describe in greater detail. You may find something of use for your research.