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Monday, 26 March 2018

Essendon North State School, Depression years

This class at Essendon North State School shows a mix of pupils whose families are doing ok, and send their children to school clean and neatly dressed, and other families whose children are grubby and unkempt, and in some cases looking abused.  Some of their fathers would have been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after the war, potentially exacerbated by unemployment and alcohol abuse.  See other photos from Essendon North at the Time Travellers website. Photo courtesy of Greg Manderson.  Please get in touch if you can identify anyone in the photo.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Shuter Estate, Moonee Ponds

Shuter St in the MMBW plan of 1905, from the State Library of Victoria Collection.

A previous article, That Ancient Question, the Moonee Ponds Post Office, 1854-1906, explored in some detail the long and sorry story of the relocation of the Moonee Ponds Post office from Mt Alexander Rd to the corner of Puckle and Shuter Streets. Council and community expected, wanted and needed the Post Office to continue in business in Mt Alexander Road or very near the Moonee Ponds Junction. Puckle St was just being developed in the late 1880s and the main business centre was Mt Alexander Road. In late 1889 it was learned that, despite several years of lobbying, the Post Master General’s Department had purchased land in Puckle St. How was it that the Puckle St site became available at all and who were some of the other players involved? This article offers some insights into the Land dealings during this Boom and Bust period which shaped the district.  See The Shuter Estate.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Dartford St, Flemington

Stock agent Donald McPhail with his wife Isabella, nee Urie, and their baby James in a perambulator.  They are standing in front of their residence at 16 Dartford St, Flemington.  The house is still standing.  See more on the Time Travellers website, link above.  Courtesy of Ian Jeanneret.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Sherwood family of Flemington

 Left to Right, back row:  Elsie May, Arthur William, John Winsor Sherwood. Front row, left: Kate, William Henry & Hannah Elizabeth Sherwood. Photo courtesy of Heather Kennedy.

The above photo, taken in the early 1900s, of the Sherwood family of 46 Wellington St, Flemington, includes two librarians who worked at the Flemington and Kensington Free Library and Institute.  The undated newsclipping says that Elsie May took up the position of librarian after her father's retirement.   W H Sherwood was mentioned in the library committee minutes in 1929, and E M Sherwood was similarly mentioned in 1937. (See above link).

Arthur William Sherwood, centre back, served in the AIF during the Great War.

In the Electoral Rolls the three men of the family were always listed as clerks, and Elsie was always listed as a dressmaker, even while presumably working as a librarian, while Kate and Hannah had home duties.

The Sherwoods lived in various addresses in Flemington, including Wellington st, Waltham St and Lee St, but by 1963 had moved to 11 Lincoln Rd, Essendon. Of the four children, only John Sherwood married, the other siblings residing together throughout their lives.

Friday, 5 January 2018

North Essendon Methodist (or Presbyterian) Cricket Club

This team is thought to be either the North Essendon Methodist Cricket Club in the 1930s, or the North Essendon Presbyterian Cricket Club in the 1930s.  The three players named below played for both clubs.   The ground might be the Cross Keys Reserve.  Courtesy of Don Mountain.
Back Row, far right - Herb Sissons
Middle Row, third from right, Bert Scott; far right, Roy Mountain

If anyone can shed further light on the photo - the names of players, the year, the ground, please get in touch.  

See another North Essendon Methodist Cricket Club photo on the Time Travellers website.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Batavia Insurance Coy Ltd

Painted on the side of the building "E J Norris Estate Agent, Local Agent, Batavia Insurance Coy Ltd.  W Collins Moonee Ponds."  Photo Lenore Frost 2017.
Building in Russell St, Essendon, looking south.  Photo Lenore Frost 2017.
A recent demolition in Russell St, Essendon, opposite Essendon Station, has revealed a long-hidden sign advertising the service of E J Norris, real estate agent and local agent for the Batavia Insurance Company.

Edward James Norris lived in several local addresses around the station, including Robb St and Flower St.  His business premises, and possibly residence as well, was at 19 Russell St.   He died in 1923, as did the signwriter, William Gilbert Collins of Clarinda Rd, Moonee Ponds.  That puts the latest the sign could have been painted as 1923.

The earliest date for the sign may have been 1919.  In that year Edward James Norris was listed in the Electoral Roll at Devonport, Tasmania.

The name Batavia caught my eye, being a place-name no longer in use.  It was the capital city of the Dutch East Indies until 1943 when it fell to the Japanese.  In 1945 it was renamed Jakarta by Indonesian Nationalists, and accepted by the international community in 1949.  

See more about the Batavia Insurance Co on the Time Travellers website.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ascot Vale CYMS Football Club, 1919

The Ascot Vale branch of the Catholic Young Men's Society football team which played in the CYMS competition in 1919.  Courtesy of Kathleen Baker.

Their home ground may have been on the Ascot Racecourse, though this is by no means established.  This team portrait was taken at the Leighton Studios in Moonee Ponds in 1919.  Some of the surnames associated with the club were:  Baker, Culquhoun, Scully, Lynch, Maroney, Dunbar, Smith, Riordan, and Reilly.    Identifications of the players is welcome.  See the Time Travellers website for further information.