by Ray Jelley
The man directly responsible for the existence of the Excelsior Hall was Charles Dillon (at times known as Chas. Dillon Jnr.), the son of Charles Middlemiss Dillon and Catherine née Wallace. The history of the building and the family’s history were inextricably linked.
Excelsior Hall, Bridge Street PMHPS collection
The place to start this journey…
The Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) the forerunner of today’s Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) was formed in June 1916.1
In late 1918 the RSSILA decided to establish branches in every suburb of Melbourne. 2
To this end, Cr Owen Sinclair presided over a meeting at the Temperance Hall on Thursday 20 March 1919. Fourteen…
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 flu, highly contagious and…