Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey


Ex-CDA comments, suggestions, criticisms #top Sundry Darebin historical stuff Latest : Updated January, 2019 : Principally The Mark of Zorro and 1889 : The Railway Cometh

1888 : Fares Please! The Story of Northcote’s Cable Trams

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New : January, 2019  Check out the romance of Northcote’s cable trams, operating from 1890 and one of the last two cable systems to close in 1940 (although wartime restrictions left the possibility of operations resuming should rationing impact the operation of the double-decker buses which provided commuters with a service until the electric tram began in 1955

1911 : The Chapel Built In A Day

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NEW : October, 2017   Check out the souvenir released for a “Chapel Built In A Day” - the Church of Christ in High street, Preston erected by members of the Congregation on Saturday, March 25, 1911  Just how did they do it?

Darebin's Boer War

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UPDATED January, 2018  Update on the Apted brothers George and Frank   October, 2017A complete history of Darebin's involvement in the South African Boer War, 1899 - 1902 including the background of volunteer forces and rifle clubs in the district  The extensive October, 2017 includes three new sections - Causes of the War, Counting the Cost, and Victoria Cross Winners (of which there wer six Australians)

NOTE this material is also on-line at www ozsportshistory com/boerwar

The Mark Of Zorro


UPDATED : January, 2019  The history of motion pictures theatres in Darebin; some originally open-air, then somewhat more sophisticated as “Hard-tops” and then from the early 1960s in opposition to the new television, back to opn-air, or at least “drive-ins”. Many minor updates collated over 2018

1917 : Northcote Under Attack

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NEW : November, 2016 An astonishing discovery of an alleged (but never proven) 1917 plot of Irish nationalists to blow up an artillery battery on the banks of the Merri Creek in Northcote  Real or  a political set-up?

1915 : Northcote’s Underground Rivers

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NEW : November, 2016    Droughts in the twentieth century? Perhaps those based in the southern parts of Northcote close to the Merri (and perhaps Darebin) creeks should dig a little deeper!

1889 : The Railway Cometh

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UPDATED : January, 2019  A history of the the railway in Darebin - real and promised! (Mostly promised)  The latest version includes the Ashworth Plan of 1940 which remarkably revived the possibility of an underground link from Merri to Lonsdale street via Fitzroy

The Croxton Park Racing Club

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The Croxton Park Racing Club of 1870

The Australian Trotting Club

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The Australian Trotting Club and its grand plans for a track in Northcote

The German Picnics

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The German Picnics : a history of the Deutscher Turn Verein Society's annual picnics in Northcote

George Alexander : International Sportsman


George Alexander : Darebin's First International Sportsman

1930 : The Local Options Poll

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How Darebin voted when there was a proposal to de-license hotels within the areas

Preston and Gowerville Park

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UPDATED : January, 2019.  Rather than the updates provided as a matter of courtesy to those that donated their twenty bucks to the Preston Cricket Club, January, 2019 releases the full document

The City of Darebin : Cazaly Ward

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UPDATED January, 2017 with some fascinating details on Roy’s great mate, Stan JOOLEN (aka VAN JOOLEN), including a little-known “premiership” while serving during WW2 A background of the legendary Roy "Up There"Cazaly's coaching time at the Preston Football Club   The full story as never told before  

 Downloads (Darebin district)