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1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection?

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NEW : January, 2019 Drifting a little northwards from our base of Darebin, this month’s release is a background of the efforts to establish a rail network across the outer northern areas from the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge.  Towns other than Kinglake mentioned during the Standing Committee hearings included Arthur's Creek, Scrubby Creek (now Humevale), Flowerdale, Strathewen, Glenburn, Castella, Toolangi, Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, and a couple little-known today, Mitton's Bridge and Rushy Flat.

1912-20 - Never a Paying Customer

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NEW : February, 2019  The story of the Fitzroy, Northcote and Preston Tramways Trust, established in 1915 to construct the East and West Preston Lines vya St, George’s-road to link with a city cable tram at Barkly-street, North Fitzroy. It took three years of political manoeuvring to even have the Trust created by an Act of Parliament and another years before the routes and all the sundry bits ‘n pieces were finally ready for the opening on 1 April, 1920, by which time the Trust had been absorbed into the new Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Trust without the Trust every collecting a single penny section fare The third and last of our Trifecta on the battles to establish public transport within today’s City of Darebin.

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

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UPDATED : February  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 their transport until the electric tram began in 1955.

1889 : The Railway Cometh

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UPDATED : February, 2019  A history of the the railways in Darebin - real and promised! (Mostly promised, but a couple coming to fruition)  The February, 2019 update includes a considerable material uncovered during research into proposals for extensions from Whittlesea and Hurstbridge per 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection? above

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!

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)

Sundry Darebin and WikiNorthia districts historical stuff

Latest : Updated January, 2019 : A new publication 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection? outlining the futile struggle of the areas to the north of Darebin and Heidelberg to establish a railway interconnecting with the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge. January also sees substantial updates to The Mark of Zorro and 1889 : The Railway Cometh, the latter also substantially renovated as a result of research into The Kinglake Connection

February, 2019 : Adds the third and last of the Trifecta covering the long battle to establish a transport network in Darebin “Never a Paying Customer” - the campaign to establish the East and West Preston trams between 1912 and 1920. The companion volumes as below have also been updated as a result of the ongoing research into the third volume