Good footballers are often described as ‘dangerous players’, but none more so than Alex Bruce who had a prosthetic hook on one arm, which made him very dangerous indeed! Less threatening was John ‘Specs’ Bennie who would use up to half a dozen pairs of spectacles during a game. Then there were players who had trouble with the law as the police were obliged to arrest young men who dared to play football on Sundays. Read the rest of this entry »
Such was life
Did you know that Bendigo used to be called Sandhurst? And then changed its name back to Bendigo? Read the rest of this entry »
In the 1840s and 50s, Melbourne had an unregistered dog problem. Initially the stray dogs were only a nuisance, but they soon became aggressive and threatened the safety of Melburnians. Read the rest of this entry »
In August 1914, a young Samuel Figgis joined the Victorian Public Library as a library assistant, just after the outbreak of the Great War. Less than a year later he died on the beaches of the Dardanelles on his 20th birthday. Read the rest of this entry »
In 1916, Corporal Thomas O’Halloran sent dozens of embroidered souvenir postcards from the front lines in France to his father, wife and three children back home in Castlemaine. Read the rest of this entry »
Major Arthur Moon was an Australian surgeon and POW in the Tamuang and Chungkai camps during World War II. He worked alongside Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop and performed up to thirty operations a day with improvised medical equipment.