Anzac Reception Committee

Barely a week after the home leave for the original Anzacs had been announced, the Minister for Defence, Senator Pearce sanctioned the appointment of … [Read more...]

Returned Soldiers’ Reception and Smoke Concert

About 250 returned soldiers and sailors with about the same number of relatives attended the civic reception provided by the Mayor, Cr Richard Gill … [Read more...]

The End of the War – Friendly Societies’ Dispensary

The Friendly Societies’ Dispensary committee of management met for their monthly meeting on Thursday evening [14 Nov 1918]. The president, Mr S … [Read more...]

The End of the War – Hostilities Cease

About 7.30pm on Monday 11 Nov 1918, around the time the Bay steamers were returning from their day’s excursion, the news that Germany had signed the … [Read more...]

The End of the War – Good Templars

Brother Austin, the Grand Chief Templar of Victoria, presided over the meeting of the Mutual Help Lodge held at the lodge room in Graham Street on the … [Read more...]

The End of the War – Nott Street State School

At 11.30am on Wednesday (13 Nov 1918] one thousand students of Nott Street State School paraded in the school grounds where they saluted the flag, … [Read more...]

The End of the War – Swallow and Ariell

‘On Tuesday morning [12 Nov 1918], before 8 o’clock, the 700 girls and 650 men and lads employed at … Swallow and Ariell assembled at the factory – … [Read more...]

The End of War – Thanksgiving Services

The brief article above appeared in the Standard newspaper on 16 November 1918 and unfortunately there does not appear to be any reports in subsequent … [Read more...]

Welcoming the Returned Soldiers

Some three thousand people gathered along the roads leading from the New Railway Pier (Princes Pier) on the morning of Saturday 23 November 1918 to … [Read more...]