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, Darebin and Heidelberg July, 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.

This is pretty much the last of any of this material as every avenue possible has been investigated and the chances of additions are about as likely as a lightning strike - early 2017 has also seen the end - finally after about five years  - of National Archives loading of MT1486/1, the records of those that volunteered but who did not serve for a variety reasons.



In Memoriam : Darebin

The Honour Roll


UPDATED July, 2017 The full Darebin Great War Honour Roll : approximately 869 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 fivew entries added since May. Marked ** or check the indexes below; a dozen or so have been updated as further details are uncovered.

The Honour Roll Index (A-J)


Update July, 2017 New entries marked **  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 869 entries (A to Z in toto)

The Honour Roll Index (K-Z)


Updated July, 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 4,300 in total.  Northcote, Preston, Fairfield, Alphington (the latter pair then Shire of Heidelberg but now Darebin)

Women In Uniform :



UPDATED April, 2017 Now includes an extensive section detailing the background of Australian Hospital Ships, updates of death details, plus a new entry for Jessie Helena Couston (Northcote)

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.