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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.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Georgina Bingham - an 'Energetic Worker'

Georgina Bingham is second from the right in the front row.
Georgina Bingham lived in Bank St, Ascot Vale, on and off, from 1887 until 1920, with periods elsewhere.  Georgina interested herself in a broad range of womens' welfare issues, and Marilyn Kenny has done an excellent job of sleuthing out the various organisations where she became an 'Energetic Worker'.  These included the Essendon Ladies' Benevolent Society, for which she was the Ascot Vale Ward representative, the Victorian Neglected Children's Aid Society, stood for election to the Essendon Board of Advice, though not elected.  She became an Honorary Probation Officer (and much later an Honorary Magistrate) and worked with those who were interested in establishing a Children't Court and Probation system.  There were other societies a well. 

Just to demonstrate that her aim was true, Mrs Bingham was also a member of the Commonwealth Ladies' Rifle Club, established at the Essendon Town Hall in 1900, and proved to be a successful markswoman. 

You can read more about Georgina Bingham in Marilyn Kenny's story  here.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sapper Galbraith at Leighton Studios, Moonee Ponds

Sapper A G F Galbraith, 1915.  Museums Victoria Collections
I have just noticed that Museums Victoria have now made out-of-copyright photos in their collection Public Domain.  The last time I looked, admittedly some while ago, permission was withheld for the use of their online images, despite being out of copyright. 

Having a look through the collection last night I noticed the change.  The above portrait is interesting to me because firstly it is a portrait of one of the local men who volunteered for the Great War.  This portrait now appears on the webpage of Sapper A G F Galbraith of Essendon, who did not return to Australia.

The description of the photo reveals that it was taken at the Leighton Studios, which was in Margaret St, Moonee Ponds.  This photo gives the first view of a studio backdrop which appears in other photos, but is not revealed in other portraits, and this is useful for a study of backdrops of local studios which you can see on the Time Travellers of Essendon, Flemington, &c website.