Thursday, April 29, 2010

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Cenotaph Database

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.

Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database

Monday, April 26, 2010

Great War Honour Boards in Kensington Town Hall

Hello Folks,

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.