Private Edwin James George Pitman of Smith Street, Kensington, departed for the war on the Barambah in August 1918. At the time of his enlistment in January 1918 he was one of the top maths student in the state. He had previously served four years with the 53rd (Albert Park) Battalion senor cadets, and with the Melbourne University Rifles during his period at the University. Was the Army protecting him by sending him to the Pay Corps? Any other volunteer of his age and previous military training might have expected to have been on a ship and heading towards France within weeks of his enlistment. He could have spent months in France in 1918 dodging shells - instead of which he arrived in London three days after the Armistice. Sheila Byard tells the story of this brilliant student.
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.