3 Pioneer Battalion waiting at Port Melbourne to board the Karoo, 1916. AWM PB0514
When the War broke out in Europe, John Mathew Farrell was working on ships as a marine fireman. He didn't join the AIF immediately, and Rod Martin, who tells his story, considers some of the reasons for this, as well as the pressures involved. Although he enlisted from Scotia Street in Moonee Ponds, he was a country boy from Wangaratta, one of ten children. Two of his brothers also served. In his story, Rod describes the lot of the Pioneer, and John Farrell's part in putting out the fires on the Western Front.
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.