This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Invitation to a booklaunch

John Vosti is the father of a large family living in the western suburbs of Melbourne during the Great War.   In 1917 he is working at the Cordite Factory, Maribyrnong, and playing with the Essendon City Council Band.  His eldest son, Les, is in France with the AIF as a bandsman/stretcher-bearer.

John Vosti’s diaries, covering  1917 to 1920, give a detailed account of  the daily life of a working family caught up in the struggle of a nation at war. Anxiously awaiting news from their soldier son, they participate in pro-Conscription rallies and patriotic events.  At the war’s end the struggle continues with industrial disputes affecting their jobs, while the Spanish flu epidemic rages through the district.

These unique diaries offer a special insight into the life of an ordinary working family in a difficult period in Australia’s history.

Moonee Valley Brass, the former Essendon City Brass Band, will very kindly launch this book at a concert to be held at the Gannawarra Centre, 132 Keilor Rd, Essendon North, on Saturday 5 May at 2.30 pm.  Cost $10 per adult, $6 concession.

All welcome.


  1. Congratulations on getting this out and available. Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Any idea if the band will be playing WWI music?

  2. Thanks, Linda. I sent the band a couple of WW1 era programs, so I expect they might be.