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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.

Monday, 23 October 2017

South Kensington Football Club, 1922

Sylvester Baker, author of "A History of Kensington, 1905-1919" played for the South Kensington Football Club, and is sitting in the front row 5th from the left.  Sylvester was born in 1901, and appears to be one of the oldest in the team, which probably makes this one of the first football teams from the area with no ex-servicemen.  The club played on a ground "behind the South Kensington Railway Station".  The names of most of the players can be seen on the Time Travellers website here.
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Baker.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

6th Melbourne Scout Troop, Kensington, 1919

6th Melbourne Boy Scout senior scouts taken at the Dover Studios, Moonee Ponds in 1917.  Centre front is Scoutmaster William Arthur Robins, and centre back is Sylvester James Baker, both of Kensington. Courtesy of Kathleen Baker.

In 1917 the 6th Melbourne Scout troop was referred to in the newspapers of the day as the Irish Scouts or Catholic Boy Scouts, associated with Holy Rosary Church, Kensington.  Or was this merely a reporter's error.  One article refers to the troop colours as red and green, but the current troop uses a different coloured scarf.

Can anyone identify the other scouts in the photo?    

In 1917 the troop was meeting in Gower St, Kensington, but is now located at the 6th Melbourne Scout Hall in McCracken St, Kensington.  That hall has lately undergone renovations.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

History of Kensington, 1905 to 1930

Macaulay Road, Kensington, looking south.  Courtesy of Flemington Heritage Facebook
In 1976 Sylvester James Baker was asked to write down his recollections of Kensington and South Kensington as he remembered from  his youth.  Sylvester at age 4 years had moved to South Kensington with his family in 1905 where they lived in Ratcliffe Street, Brown’s Hill until 1910,   Bruce Street from 1910 until 1918, and Wolseley Parade from 1918 until his marriage at Holy Rosary Church in 1928.  After his marriage he moved to Yarraville, but maintained his connection with Kensington as the Secretary of the  Kensington Hibernian Society for 52 years.

Kathleen Baker, Sylvester's daughter, has kindly given permission to publish Sylvester's story on the Time Travellers of Essendon and Flemington website.

Monday, 4 September 2017

School is cool at Ascot Vale West

Boys from the Ascot West State School, No.4025, on a coach trip to Tecoma, 1925. Courtesy of Museums Victoria Collections

It was way back in February the last time I drew attention to local school photos added to the Time Travellers website, but I find I have added quite a few since then.   You can check it out on the School photos page.