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A new post about the Port Fairy cemetery.  Read stories of some of the cemetery's "inhabitants" including the ghostly Lloyd Rutledge.
I promised a second Port Fairy Cemetery post months ago and finally, here it is.  Considering the number of photos I have from my January 2014 and 2015 visits, there could be a third and maybe a fo...
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Francis Stanley Tredrea of Hamilton was killed at Fromelles in 1916 but it was year before his death was confirmed, leaving a widow, baby and a heart-broken father.
NAME:  Francis Stanley TREDREA                SERVICE NO:  3271 YEAR OF BIRTH:  1891 PLACE OF BIRTH:  Hamilton DATE OF ENLISTMENT: 28 July 1915 PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:  Melbourne AGE AT ENLISTMENT:  2...
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Today is Western District Families' 4th Blogiversary.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way.
Well, that snuck up on me.  It's Western District Families' 4th Blogiversary. Western District Families' fourth year was the quietest to date and I don't like to promise much more in the blog's fif...
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Western District Families is pleased to launch "Hamilton's WW1" an account of Hamilton, Victoria during the years 1914-1918.
The town of Hamilton in Victoria's Western District faced many challenges as a community during WW1. With around 5000 residents, a large proportion of men from within the town and district answered...
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On behalf of a fellow researcher, I'm looking for family members of those Western District men who enlisted with the 8th LHR B Squadron. Click on the link for a list of names and contact details.  Any assistance would be much appreciated.
    The AIF's 8th Light Horse Regiment (LHR) formed in September 1914, had among its ranks many Western District men.   It was for that reason I was recently contacted by Dean Noske who i...
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Don't forget it's #TroveTuesday ,  WW1 saw many reports of mysterious aeroplane sightings. The more the newspapers reported on those sightings, the more sightings there were.
The media is often accused of fear mongering and it seems it was no different 100 years ago.  The onset of WW1 saw reporting that heightened fear with people leaping at shadows believing the German...
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A #TroveTuesday  post about four Norfolk pines in Port Fairy and the Trove Photo search that found more than I bargained for.
Trove is great for finding photos and it was the Trove picture search I headed to recently looking for the home of George Hall Harman and his wife Rebecca Graham formally of James Street, Port Fair...
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Gradually I will be posting the stories of Hamilton's Soldiers to Western District Families' new page "Hamilton's WW1"  Drop by now to read the stories of Edward Ellis Henty, William Arthur Hind and more..
The 'Hamilton's Soldiers' page is dedicated to the men of Hamilton who enlisted during WW1.  Some were born in Hamilton while others were only there a few years, some came home and others never ret...
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Two rows of gum trees and a small interpretive board are all that remain of Hamilton's all but forgotten Anzac Avenue.  Now you can view the names of eighty-nine of the Hamilton soldiers commemorated in 1917 and 1918 on  Western District Families' new page Hamilton's WW1.
In 1917, the people of Hamilton gathered to honour Hamilton men who had lost their lives serving 'King and Country' in the Great War. With a tree planted for thirty-six men who never returned, so b...
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Western District Families  has 100+ website links to help you find your Western District family, including newspapers, cemeteries and Facebook pages.
CEMETERY LINKS Ballarat Cemeteries Search Cemeteries of SW Victoria   Indexes of  headstones of 140 Western District Cemeteries and still growing Carol's Headstone Photographs  Many Western Victori...
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I've been searching for a Merry Christmas at Trove for   #TroveTuesday  Merry Christmas to all the followers of Western District Families.
Trove has something for all occasions especially Christmas.  This week's Trove Tuesday revolves around my Trove search for "Merry Christmas," the message I'm sending you today. A general search of ...
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The effort of Hamiltonians past and present to help get the Hamilton Spectator across the line in the recent Trove poll, reminded me of another great achievement of Hamilton people over 60 years ago.
In 1951, the residents of Hamilton banded together in one of the greatest community efforts the town has ever seen.  From 6am to 10pm on a Saturday in December, a team of people met to dig a 165 fe...
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Sharing stories of pioneering families from the Western District of Victoria
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Western District Families is for anyone with a family connection to the Western District of Victoria, Australia or those with an interest in the region's rich history.
History related news from the Western District will be posted including family reunions.
Share your Western District family, maybe you will find a relative...