by Claire Johnson
In May 1918, reports of a mysterious and deadly disease ravaging Europe began to reach Australia, causing concern amongst those who had family members involved in the war in Europe. By July, England was affected, and Australian newspapers and letters from soldiers kept the Australian public informed.
Dubbed the ‘Spanish Flu’, it was a variant of swine…
Australian soldiers at the Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi on Lemnos, 1915. Photographer AW Savage, State Library of NSW Collection
Our special guest at the September meeting will be Jim Claven MA and Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.
In his presentation, Lemnos 1915 - The Other Side of Gallipoli, Jim will recount the often forgotten role that the Greek Island of…
Gallipoli from the cliff tops
Our special guest on ANZAC Day will be Vecihi Başarın co-author of Gallipoli: The Turkish Story.
When Vecihi’s father, a Turkish army officer, took him to Gallipoli as a 10-year-old, little did he realise it would be the start of a lifetime interest in the battles that occurred there, or the path to a PhD at Deakin University.…
Come to an evening talk from Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society to hear the story of a secret compartment in the Nott Street School WWI honour board and the handwritten messages from families hidden there. This event presents the opportunity to browse these 97-year-old messages, now beautifully preserved in specially handcrafted boxes for public viewing.
Emerald Hill Heritage Centre