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Your WW1 soldier did not have to live in Hamilton, Victoria to be remembered as a Hamilton soldier.  So far I have written 66 profiles of WW1 Hamilton soldiers for Hamilton's WW1.  You can read the full list and the other towns the men were connected to on the link...
One of the features of Western District Families is Hamilton's WW1 now with sixty-six profiles of soldiers with Hamilton links. I've set a target, possibly an over ambitious one, of 100 profiles by...
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You can now find all Hamilton's outdoor WW1 memorials at Western District Families.
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An update on my research of Hamilton's WW1 soldiers, highlighting some of the soldiers who were killed during the month of August.  There are now 33 soldier profiles available to read at Western District Families.
  Writing the profiles of the Hamilton WW1 soldiers has highlighted the month of August of 1915, 1916 and 1918 as particularly sad times for the town's residents.  There was heaving fighting a...
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After four years, Western District Families has a slightly new look and a new domain name.  Drop by and check it out...
Stories of Pioneering Families From the Western District of Victoria
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Search for your Western District pioneer's obituary with Western District Families new Pioneer Obituary Index with 550 pioneer names
    “The relentless reaper death has sought another addition to his uninterrupted harvest from amongst the ranks of our oldest residents.”   The opening lines of Portland pioneer Wil...
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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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There are lots of local and family history events coming up in October, including Mortlake Historical Society's tour of the town's bluestone churches this Sunday 18 October.  Click on the link for more great events.
While organising Western District Families new pages, the blog posts have been neglected.  So I thought I would give you an update on what's happening at WDF and let you know of some family and loc...
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August Passing of the Pioneers - Obituaries of the pioneers of Victoria's Western District.
August Passing of the Pioneers includes a member of the Victorian Parliament, a publican, a school principal.  All of this month's pioneers are now on the Western District Families Pioneer Obituary...
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If you have visited the Port Fairy Cemetery you would have seen the grave of "Dick" the Bushranger.  This is his story and my family link to the events that took place on the day "Dick" was shot by police.
My son is now eleven and thinks he's a bit too cool for history.  But not all is lost. Often I can get him interested in history without him even realising.  Besides taking advantage of his confine...
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The first post in a series about the Hamilton Old Cemetery.
In 1850, Henry Wade, the surveyor for the Portland district, completed a plan of the township of Hamilton, then known as The Grange.  He was under instruction from Robert Hoddle, the head of the Me...
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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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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.
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