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First World War : Darebin and Surrounds

The Great War and its impact of today's City of Darebin, then Northcote and Preston, but now including Fairfield and Alphington.   Also the Shires of Heidelberg, Whittlesea and Eltham as they existed in 1918.

Latest : All files updated January, 2017

The In Memoriam Rolls and Enlistments Rolls (especially Darebin) have a significant number of additions resulting from a two-month exercise in reviewing  around 17,500 Attestation Papers in the National Archives of Australia that incorrectly show the Place Of Birth in the Search Headers as “Melbourne” where the actual entry shows a suburb or town.



In Memoriam : Darebin

The Honour Roll


UPDATED January, 2017 The full Darebin Great War Honour Roll : approximately 850 entries detailing the family and military backgrounds of those connected to the Darebin district that paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of King and Country.  This update includes around half-a-dozen deaths discovered in military hospitals post-war but not included on the AWM Roll of Honour.  The controversy over these continues!

Also as part of the exercise to create the indexes below, additional details of embarkation and location of burial grounds have been added to many entries, the format of the format standardised to some extent, and most of the existing images cleaned up.

The section on local care facilities in and around Darebin has also been both revised and expanded. Currently 863 casualties listed

The Honour Roll Index (A-J)


NEW January, 2017  A one-line index to allow a quick check of whether Grandpa or Great Uncle Harry features so you can decide whether to download the full whammy.  Currently 863 entries (A to

The Honour Roll Index (K-Z)


NEW January, 2017  Der … see above

South Preston State School


UPDATED November, 2016  Now includes all on the Preston State School (Tyler Street) Roll, plus another 22 that were later additions to the South Preston Board.  Also an expanded history including personal recollections from the early 1950s

Preston State School (Tyler Street)

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CREATED November, 2015 - an extract from the above, specifically for Tyler Street

Fairfield Park State School


UNCHANGED  The final roll contains around 30 casualties known to have attended Fairfield Park State School and is based entirely on information provided by families post-war. Sadly, the school has never co-operated with the supply of names from their Honour Roll which still exists today.

Enlistment Rolls :

WW1 : Enlistments : Darebin


The full list of all known enlistments, plus thus who volunteered but were rejected. Over 4,000 in total.  Northcote, Preston, Fairfield, Alphington (the latter pair then Shire of Heidelberg but now Darebin)

Women In Uniform :



UPDATED January, 2017 A history of the women from the Darebin district that served as Nurses during the First World War. The New Year version includes a number of new images of the medical facilities at Mont Park and Macleod, a new entry (and sadly casualty), Jessie Flannery of Thornbury plus Leslie Valentine MOGG, a local casualty that had two Nursing Sisters with the AANS.

Boer War : 1899-1902

Darebin's Boer War


UPDATED October, 2016  A 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.

Sundry war-related stuff

Of Affairs Local


240 odd  (some very odd) pages of what went on in Darebin during the Great War, including pen pictures of other citizens of interest that enlisted, the adventures of the Whalley brothers (proprietors of the local Northcote and Preston Leader newspapers) who were in Europe when war broke out, and many of the letters from servicemen at the front that were published in the Leader.