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

Monday, May 31, 2010

Essendon Tram Depot WW2 Roll of Honour

This board is also located at the Malvern Tramways Museum.  There did not appear to be an Essendon WW1 Board, but I would think there was one. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of an Essendon WW1 board, I would be pleased to know - maybe it got overlooked and is still at the Essendon Depot?

Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board

The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board was formed in 1919 and began taking over the several private tramway companies operating in Melbourne.  Each of the private tram depots appears to have had a depot-based Honour Board.  This one commemorates those that died, presumably across the various tramway companies.  I don't know anything of the history of this Honour Board, but it is located in the museum next to the Malvern Depot.  I don't know where it originally hung, but would be pleased to hear from anyone that does know.  I haven't checked all the names yet for my particular interests, but I see that an Essendon lad, Roy Gordon Sumner, a tramways employee, is included

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Associated Stock and Station Agents Roll of Honour

This honour board once hung in the foyer of the Administration building at Newmarket saleyards.  When the market closed in 1987 the board was removed.  In 1995 Keith Vincent (who wrote On the fall of the hammer) assisted in recovering the board from the City of Melbourne, and it now hangs in the foyer of the Victorian Livestock Exchange, Pakenham.  The board was kindly photographed by Jenny Coates.  For further information about the stockmen go here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Flemington ANA Honour Board

Another Board from the Lodge Room of the Kensington Town Hall is the Flemington Branch of the Australian Natives Association.  I will also be adding this to the wiki webpage in due course.  Click on the photo to receive a larger version.  Thanks are due to the Melbourne City Council for allowing us access to photograph the boards.

Flemington PAFS Honour Board

I'm pleased to relate that with the wonderful assistance of Sheila Byard I was able to access the Kensington Town Hall to photograph the various boards in the Lodge Room upstairs.  This one is the Flemington branch of the Protestant Alliance Friendly society, mentioned in an earlier post.  I will be attempting to match them up with my database on the wiki website.  I'll load up the picture there in the next day or so.  The Kensington Town Hall has suffered significant structural damage, but I am pleased to report that remedial work is being undertaken as funds are allocated.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Broadmeadows Camp Aug 1914

I would be grateful if someone could elucidate what this photo shows.  On the back is the above title in what is probably contemporary writing, and a later hand has added "Friends and relations 7th Btn Machine Gun Section".  Pte Julius Rudolph "Ru" Jacobsohn is in the back row fifth from left.  

I am wondering whether this photo shows a last militia camp prior to enlistment in August 1914, or did they report in (with friends and family) wearing their militia kit? Jacobsohn enlisted at Essendon on 17 August 1914, and his regimental number is 48.  By 1914 Jacobsohn was a  Lieutenant in the Victorian Rifles, but is not wearing officer's uniform in this photo.  At least I don't think he is.
Any thoughts?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Unknown soldier - Mrs D Croft's donation

This photograph of an unnamed soldier was donated to the Essendon Historical Society in 1981.  The donor was a Mrs D Croft of Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, whom I am unable to identify in postal directories.  Another item which she donated has her address recorded as Queensland, so she may have donated material prior to moving interstate.

The back of the photo records the date "April 1915", presumably when the photo was framed.

If I could identify Mrs D Croft it might help in identifying the soldier, who might be a relative of hers or her husband's.    Can anyone help with this? Or recognise the soldier?


Kim of the Spirits of Gallipoli website feels that the photo resembles one she has for a James Henry Croft who died at Gallipoli on 28 April 1915 and is buried or commemorated at the Lone Pine Cemetery.

James had a brother John William Croft who married in 1913 and had children, but I just can't make out a possible Mrs D Croft - yet.  Still looking.   While James was born in Ballarat and enlisted in Kyneton, his brother was living in Kensington in the 1950s, according to the electoral roll, so it does bring them into the local area.