This photo shows members of the Women Haters' Club at their Dromana Camp. The soldier in the centre is wearing sergeants' stripes on his sleeve. The history of the club says that no camping was done on this campsite until the end of the war, so this may represent a Welcome Home by members.
The Honour Roll for the club had 32 names on it, reproduced in their history, Woman Haters' Club, Essendon - Dromana. One Hundred Years, 1902-2002.
Emily, Daisy and John Wilson, Leighton Studios, circa 1917. Courtesy of Nereda Shute.
Private John Wilson and his wife Emily took their little daughter Daisy to the Leighton Photographic Studio in Margaret St, Moonee Ponds, opposite the Moonee Ponds station. They had this keepsake photo taken prior to John embarking with the 10 Machine Gun Company in June 1917. After a period of training in England, John was transferred to the 37 Infantry Battalion and embarked for France.
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. 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.