Stuff you never knew, but are now glad you do!

Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey

#top Sundry Darebin historical stuff Latest : Updated November, 2016

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, 2018  (More details on George Apted, the man behind the Star (St  James’) and Gowerville (Melody)  The Mark of Zorro : A history of Preston's picture theatres   

1917 : Northcote Under Attack


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


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 October, 2017  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


The Croxton Park Racing Club of 1870

The Australian Trotting Club


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

The German Picnics


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


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

Preston and Gowerville Park : update


An update to the original edition written on behalf of the Preston Cricket Club, February, 2014  

The City of Darebin : Cazaly Ward


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