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Vietnam Diary

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Vietnam Diary
Author: Mark Wilson

This book was about the Vietnam War. This war was after the First and Second World War. This would've been a realistic fiction book because people might have actually sent letters to their loved ones on that time. This war was real but the only thing that might not be real are the the characters. A main theme that came out of this book is love because to show that the brothers really love each other, they play together, they both loved cricket and they couldn't be separated. But when Jason has to go to war Leigh is alone. On the weekends all he ever talked about was the Vietnam War. This made me connect to all the wars in the world because there was a lot of wars over many years and this is one of them.

You might like this book because it is about war. It is good to learn about history and their mistakes. I was interested in this book because i didn't know that much about the Vietnam War. You might also like this book because you might know how some characters feel,  because you might have experienced their pain or you can connect to them. You might have known someone that went to war and never came back.

Sana
Age: 12

Heart of the Matter

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Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
From the cover: Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned paediatric surgeon. Despite her mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance - and even, to some degree, friendships - believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.Emily Giffin's "The Heart of the Matter" alternates between two points of view: Tessa, the wife of successful paediatric surgeon Nick Russo, and Valerie, the single mother whose son Charlie comes under Nick's care after being badly burned in an accident. Giffin starts the first chapter with Tessa's story, narrating in the first-person. But in the next chapter, she introduces us to a second character, Valerie, delivering Valerie's story in the third-person. The novel continues in this fashion, alternating between Tessa and Valerie.Nick is dedicated and compassionate; Valerie, a lawyer, is lonely and vulnerable. As Nick and Valerie grow closer in their concern over Charlie, Tessa, his wife, who has given up a professorship to stay home with her two small children, begins to feel there's something wrong with her marriage.When Nick's attachment to both women comes under scrutiny, there are no easy answers. Was Nick drawn to Valerie (and her injured son) because of a need to be needed? Did Tessa immerse herself in "perfect Mum" activities instead of being a good wife? Did Valerie want too much by falling for another woman's husband? There are no easy answers here, in a novel that is consistently engrossing right to the surprising finish.


We have copies available in books (standard and large print​ format) and audio (CD, playaway and e-audio).Julie

Is it Just Me?

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Is it Just Me? (confessions of an over-sharer) by Chrissie Swan
From the cover: You know what I want? I want to be able to have fun wherever I am. I want to laugh. All. The. Time. I want to have one holiday every year with my family where we have no plans and nowhere else to be. I want to watch less television and read more books. I want to be able to whinge about never being able to be alone any more, then, after someone organises a hotel room voucher for me, I want to spend the evening eating chips (that I don't like) from a cylinder and missing my children to the point of tears.
A deliciously joyous, honest and feisty collection of Chrissie Swan's editorials that reflect upon her experiences of motherhood, sisterhood and working as a woman in the entertainment industry. Chrissie Swan has the delightful ability to turn what could be a stressful and mortifying experience into a humorous and empowering one. Reading her collection has reminded me of a few very valuable lessons. How important is is to always maintain a smile behind a serious comment. To remember that we compare our own personal mental state to everyone else's "show reel". Most importantly however, she has provided me with the come back to all uncalled for criticisms: "How very Dare you!" 
Interestingly structured and pleasingly self referential, you could pick any editorial and quite happily dip in or out. I read from cover to cover relishing the developments in her life, opinions and career as the book progressed. The collection began with a discussion about 'a re-kindling romance challenge' that she and her friend attempted. She describes her failings and successes in a refreshingly coy manner - how you might describe to a friend. Without giving anything away, she expounded that she had learned in her relationship that although good things happen throughout and the big bangs might happen down the track that the beautiful, intimate, humorous getting to know you experiences all happen in chapter one. So if you jump to the end you will miss out. Whilst introducing the collection with a great editorial, Swan also sets up the kind of story that she wishes to tell and the relationship she wants to have with her readers. Let's just say I've fallen in love with Chrissie Swan, and if you're as saddened as I am to hear that she won't be on breakfast radio any more - do yourself a favour and enjoy this book - because she writes like she presents on breakfast radio.

A joyous light read that kept me smiling on my lunch breaks and leaving me relaxed in the morning. I would happily recommend and read again! 5 out of 5.
Riannon

The Last Precinct

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The Last Precinct  by Patricia Cornwell
Book 11 in the Kay Scarpetta series.

From the cover:  Thwarting an attack by a suspected serial killer puts Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta in the harsh glare of the spotlight. As her personal and professional lives come under suspicion, she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past. A formidable prosecutor, a female assistant district attorney from New York, is brought into the case, and Scarpetta must struggle to make what she knows to be the truth prevail against mounting and unnerving evidence to the contrary. Tested in every way, she turns inward to ask, where do you go when there is nowhere left?
Sometimes you can be lucky to stumble across a book that you didn’t know was part of a series, and it stands alone as a good read.  This was not one of them.  It is very much a link in the series with frequent and unexplained references to past storylines and characters and if you haven’t read them, you have no idea of what it is all about.  That aside, the Scarpetta series is gritty crime with a twist of intelligence and although at times confronting, the stories are put together well.  We have this title in all formats - hard print, large print, CD, Cassette, MP3 and e-audio – I chose to download the e-audio and once again, narrator Lorelei King delivers an expert job with the many accents, particularly the male New York/Italian Detective, Marino.  Her voice portrait has him pictured as real and large as life right before your very eyes.
Deb

Papers Past

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Many families have  a New Zealand connection - it was not uncommon in the 1800s for family members to migrate from England to New Zealand, then Australia or vice versa or for one family member to come to Australia, one to New Zealand or Canada or some other corner of the British Empire. Papers Past http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/ is a great source of New Zealand history  - it's similar to the digitised newspaper collection on Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper, which I use all the time.

According to their website,  Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 92 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

I have selected three articles with  a local Casey Cardinia connection,  to show you the range of information you can discover on Papers Past and of course, if you come from New Zealand then it would be an especially valuable resource for family and local history.


The Press  November 18, 1905
This is a report of the marriage in Christchurch, of  George Hobbs and Muriel Simcox, and there is a double Casey Cardinia connection as George had  a connection to Berwick and Muriel to Officer. George is the son of John and Alice Hobbs, of Berwick, who both lived to the grand age of 90, John dying in 1940 and Alice in 1945, they are buried at Berwick Cemetery. Muriel died in Christchurch in 1948, aged 64 and she is buried in the same grave as her father, Samuel James Simcox who died in 1916 and I believe that George died in 1912, aged 32. I haven't found out the Simcox/Officer connection but will keep trying.

Mataura Ensign February 10, 1908
The Kerr family had large land holdings in Tynong; in 1903  five years before Edmund's death, they had around 1000 acres - north of the Highway around Fogarty Road; south of the railway line where Kerrs Road is, land closer toward Garfield plus some Tynong Township allotments.  I found another interesting reference to Edmund Kerr, I assume he is the same Edmund Kerr as above, in Table Talk newspaper on Trove which says that John Kerr of Tynong discovered the Kimberley mines in South Africa and they then fell into the hands of Cecil Rhodes, who went onto establish Rhodesia.  The Kerr family is thus a perfect example of the reach and influence of the British Empire in the Victorian era. 

Table Talk February 8, 1900http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145933313


New Zealand Herald  September 23, 1933
This is an interesting article for two reasons, Mr C.D Lloyd  is Charles Duplan Lloyd (1863-1937) who purchased the Holly Green property (where Fountain Gate Shopping centre is) in 1924, from the Webb Family, and moved his Glen Iris jersey cattle stud from Glen Iris to Holly Green. The other reason it is interesting is that it shows how important rural industry was at the time, in both Australia and New Zealand, that farming matters were reported in the daily papers. 

IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards

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The longlist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards [a work of fiction published in English] is out and it definitely is a LONG list – 142 nominations!  
The books, which were nominated by libraries around the world, are vying for the $144,000 prize and include both this year’s and last year’s Booker Prize winners, Richard Flanagan for The Long Road to the Deep North, and NZ’s Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries.
Eight other Australian titles made the list:
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko
  • Coal Creek by Alex Miller
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
  • Eyrie by Tim Winton
  • Cairo by Chris Womersley
  • The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
Chris Womersley's Cairo is one of the 10 Victorian titles chosen for The Summer Read, a program of the State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Network Victoria to celebrate the diversity of Victorian writing. The 2015 Summer Read was launched on Monday and runs until 15 February 2015.

We have multiple copies of Cairo on our shelves plus the e-book version is also available.  

Gone Girl

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

From the cover: What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?' Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.

If you are looking for a great book to read on the beach or by the pool this summer then grab a copy of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. It is a thrilling, psychological suspense novel focusing on the warped relationship of married couple Nick and Amy Dunne. Each chapter comes from the perspective of either the husband or the wife and as the story unfolds you begin to feel quite conflicted over where your loyalties should lie. 

I can't say too much without giving away the major twist in the novel but this is definitely a page turner exploring themes of love, hate and revenge. There's a media circus, former lovers who show up to shake things up, and plenty of clues to decipher. If you read it quickly (and I promise you will), you may still have time to catch the movie adaptation which is currently showing at the cinemas.

Sandra E



Vale P.D. James

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Crime novelist PD James, who penned more than 20 books, has died aged 94.  Her agent said she died "peacefully at her home in Oxford" on Thursday morning.

The author's books, many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions of books around the world, with various adaptations for television and film.  Her best known novels include The Children of Men, The Murder Room and Pride and Prejudice spin-off Death Comes to Pemberley.
Deb.


The Husband's Secret

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


From the cover: The story of a woman who finds a letter from her husband. It says: For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick. To be opened only in the event of my death. Her husband is very much alive. Should she open it? Would YOU open it?


The Husband’s Secret focuses on the anguish of three unrelated women whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Cecilia Fitzpatrick is a super-organised mum, P&C president and Tupperware extraordinaire in Sydney. Tess Curtis runs a marketing and design business with her husband Will and cousin Felicity in Melbourne. Rachel Crowley is a widow, a devoted grandmother to Jacob, and mother to Rob and to Janie who was murdered in 1984. She works part-time at St Angela’s, the school which Tess and Felicity attended as children and which Cecilia’s children currently attend.

Cecilia’s comfortable life is thrown into disarray when she discovers the mysterious letter in the attic. A letter such as this from your husband would generate curiosity in even the most unadventurous person. Like most of us would eventually do, Cecilia opens the letter and instantly regrets her decision. The lives of several characters begin to spiral out of control.
The Husband’s Secret is dilemma-based novel which demonstrates how people’s actions can profoundly affect the lives of so many others. And how keeping someone else’s secret can be a huge burden to bear. The author skilfully brings the reader into the minds of the three central characters as they stew over their own particular issues. The characters are believable, the plot is engrossing, and there are many twists and turns along the way.
We have The Husband’s Secret in hard copy, e-book and audio book CD. Sandra E  

The Super Scam

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Title: The Super Scam
Type of story: Funny
Author: Geronimo Stilton

A new superstore is opened in the New Mouse City, and Geronimo and Benjamin were both eager to check it out. When they arrived at the store, a mouse gave them two headphones filled with happy music. When they put on the headphones, along with the music playing, they were attracted into buying everything in sight, including things that they did not need. This strong urge to buy has made things worst, when all items sold were either faulty or did not work. So, let's find out, if Geronimo can solve this mystery before it is too late .......

How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Funny

Justin
Age: 9

Polar Meltdown

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Title:Polar Meltdown
Author: J. Burchett and S. Vogler

 Ben and Zoe have a new mission and this time, it is Arctic ! Their adventure begins when Uncle Stephens ( the head of Wild Rescue team) showed them an alarming news. A mother polar bear was killed because she attempted to attack a local man. Ben and Zoe who like polar bears very much were excited to save the motherless cubs as soon as possible. However, the most recent weather reported that it was going to be -20'C in the Arctic. Can Ben and Zoe take on this mission to save the cubs in the shivering conditions?
Type of story: Adventure
How good was it? Fantastic

Justin
Cranbourne Adventurer's Club
Age: 9

Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners

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The 2014 winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced.

This whimsical literary competition challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. The English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the contest since 1982. Professor Scott Rice named the competition after Victorian novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton who wrote the iconic line “It was a dark and stormy night”.


The overall winner of the 2014 contest was Elizabeth (Betsy) Dorfman of Bainbridge Island, Washington, who penned this pearler: "When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered – this had to mean land! – but Captain Walgrove, flinty-eyed and clear headed thanks to the starvation cleanse in progress, gave fateful orders to remain on the original course and await the appearance of a second and confirming moose."
Gavin Dobson won the Adventure award with this cliff-hanger: “Listen, Control!” snarled Captain Dan McMurdo across the ether, “I’ve got one engine shut down, the other running on fumes, a seriously wounded co-pilot who won’t last the hour, fifty-three refugee orphans down the back, and a nun for a radio operator, so turn the goddam landing lights on goddam pronto – sorry, Sister.”
Winner of the Crime award was Australian Carl Turney from Bayswater, Victoria, with this tacky contribution: "Hard-boiled private dick Harrison Bogart couldn’t tell if it was the third big glass of cheap whiskey he’d just finished, or the way the rain-moistened blouse clung so tightly to the perfect figure of the dame who just appeared panting in his office doorway, but he was certain of one thing … he had the hottest mother-in-law in the world."  Oh dear!


Officer - aerial photographs

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The Cardinia Shire has recently moved their offices and Council Chambers from Pakenham to Officer, November 17 2014 was the first official day of business. The Shire had been in their 'old' building since it was opened  on  July 28, 1983 and you can read about that building here. As well as the new Council buildings, Officer has recently seen a lot of development with  housing estates so I thought it was time to see how the area has changed in the past 20 years. These are some aerials from 1994 and 1996, not really that long ago, but they show Officer when it was still a country town.


This is Officer  May 4, 1994, starting from the far right is the Recreation Reserve on the corner of the Princes Highway and Starling Road. The next intersection is Officer South Road and Tivendale Road. The small patch of remnant bush is in the vicinity of the new Council Offices. The intersection on the left is the Highway with Brunt Road and Whiteside Road.

The same view as above but shows Beaconsfield in the distance. The photograph is undated but I believe it is October 1996.

This is a continuation of the photograph above, it is dated October 31, 1996. The intersection at the bottom is that of the Princes Highway and Brunt Road and Whiteside Road.

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

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'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is Melissa Keil's second young adult novel. Her first novel was the award winning 'Life In Outer Space'.

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl'  is set in small town Eden Valley.

Our heroine is Alba - a teenage girl with attitude - and aspiring comic book artist.

A prediction is going around that the world will soon end, and that Eden Valley will be the only place to survive. This leads hundreds of newcomers to the town. They swarm into town, hippy style, and set up home wherever they can find space.
 
Meanwhile Alba and her close circle of friends have end-of-school decisions to make. Alba, although outwardly confident, is uncertain and scared.

And what of Grady, Alba's best friend since they were babies. Where is this all leading?

Great characterization and storyline.

Colourful and warm.

Recommended reading for teenagers.

-Ann

The Case of the Bogus Detective

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At last! Another book in the PK Pinkerton mysteries by Caroline Lawrence.
Sadly, this book appears to be the last in this action packed western adventure series.

As usual, our heroine has found herself in a desperate situation, trapped in a mountain cave with her dying father and surrounded by grizzly bears.
'PK' ducks and weaves, going from highly dangerous situation to the next.

You will find excitement and adventure, humour and sadness as PK and her loyal work partner, Ping, go about their Private Eye business.

This is an addictive and enjoyable series.

Not to be missed!

-Ann

Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff)

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Title: Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff)
Author: Liz Pichon
Type of story: Funny

No school for two whole weeks leaves Tom with heaps of time for the important things in life. Yeah! He can forget all about lessons and the irritating Marcus Meldrew, and save his energy for good stuff! Stuff like: inventing new ways to annoy his sister Delia. (So many). Band practice for the Dogzombies – rock stars in the making! Watching TV and eating caramel wafers; eating caramel wafers and watching TV. Excellent. But clouds are gathering on the horizon in the form of Tom’s weirdo big sister Delia. And when trouble collides with his brilliant plans, he’ll need all his excellent excuses…
How good was it? Fantastic

Solida
Age: 9

How to Train Your Dragon

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Book name : How to Train Your Dragon
Author of the book: Cressida Cowell

Review: The How to Train Your Dragon book is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third who was finding it hard to be a hero but began to be an awesome sword fighter against his show-off cousin Snoutface Snoutlout.  Hiccup gets teased by his cousin Snoutface Snoutlout about his tiny hunting dragon Toothless,  a Toothless Daydream, a very rare breed of dragons. Eventually he learns to become a hero.

What type of story was it?: Adventure
What do you rate the book out of 10?: 10

Isabelle
Age: 10

The Art of Baking Blind

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The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan


From the cover: There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to be perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes.

Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the new Mrs Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her façade shouldn't slip.

As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn - as Mrs Eaden did before them - that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life.

This is really like reading "The Great British Bake-off" in book form and tells the story of the search for the next face of a popular chain of stores seeing that the original "Mrs Eaden" has passed away. The five amateur bakers are competing for this title. They are a very different and diverse group who are there for very different reasons and you learn the story behind each of them and why they entered.

I suggest that you do not read this book with an empty stomach as the descriptions of the food they are cooking really does make you feel like you need to go and eat some "right now"!

It is an easy but very enjoyable read!
Janine

When the Devil Drives

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When the Devil Drives by Chris Brookmyre

From the cover: Private Investigator Jasmine Sharp has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who vanished without trace.  What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades.  As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she’s going to get to the truth.  

This novel is the second featuring PI Jasmine Sharp and Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod, the first being Where the Bodies are Buried.  And from various Brookmyre fans comes the general consensus of opinion that he’s on a bit of a downhill slide.  Not having read the first one, I can only put forward my opinion that this book is OK, a relatively pedestrian read and a bit of a letdown when compared to the blurb above which sounds like there’s going to be some paranormal goings on.  There isn’t.  Set in Scotland, and with myriad accents, narrator Sarah Barron does well bringing colour to the somewhat one dimensional story.  Our 21 years old protagonist, Jasmine, has potential but just doesn’t ramp up any feelings of “go girl!!”  It's not that this book is bad, it’s just a bit boring. 
Deb.


Berwick Footballers who enlisted

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This is a report from the Berwick Shire News of March 8, 1916 which lists the 23 Berwick Football Club players who had enlisted for active service (even though the article says 24). I have done some research to try to work out who these men were and I have also used the research of Chris McKenna of the Berwick RSL, who has researching local soldiers for many years.  I have listed their Service Numbers (SN) so you can look up  their full record on the National Archives site www.naa.gov.au

Berwick Shire News March 8, 1916http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8579525
Avard, Hugo (Richard Hugo Turnbull Avard) (SN 1851) Hugo worked for the Post Office before he enlisted on September 11, 1915. He returned to Australia on September 26, 1917.
Bannan, John Joseph. (SN 1126) He is listed as Bannon on the War Memorial in Berwick and as Badnan on the Nominal rolls. John was quarryman, who enlisted on June 14, 1915 aged 24. He was married to Mary Ann and they lived in Berwick. He died of disease on October, 16, 1918.

Baxter, Frederick Edward (SN 4440) Fred enlisted on March 5, 1915. He was a gunner. He was Killed in Action in France on August 22, 1918. 
This is a report from The South Bourke and Mornington Journal of May 6, 1915 about Gunner Baxter's enlistment.

Bragg, Arthur Robert (SN 2564)  Arthur and his wife Emily had the Central Hotel Beaconsfield. Arthur enlisted on August 2, 1915 at the age of 39. He was Killed in Action on July 19, 1916.  
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119779493
I found this interesting account of Arthur Bragg's divorce in The Truth newspaper of  November 27, 1915 - it's a bit hard to read but it appears that Mrs Bragg owned a hotel in Cloncurry, which she sold and she then purchased the Central Hotel in Beaconsfield. Arthur got into debt, they quarrelled and he joined up, but later admitted that he had been 'misconducting himself with women' The couple had three children. It lists his age as 44, 5 years older than the age he gave when he enlisted. 
Brocklebank, Ralph Thomas. (SN 3012) Lieutenant Brocklebank enlisted on July 20, 1915 age 22. He was a Bank Clerk. He returned to Australia April, 27 1919.
Buchanan, Eric Alexander. (SN 1676). Eric was a Clerk from Berwick when he enlisted on July 14, 1915 age 21. He was in the Light Horse and returned to Australia on July 23, 1919.
Clements, John William Henry  (SN 5995) John was a teacher at Officer State School when he enlisted on June 16, 1916. he returned to Australia September 25, 1919.
Crabtree, Walter (SN 242a). Walter, a driver, enlisted in Berwick on February 29, 1916. He returned to Australia August 22, 1919.
Faragher, Leslie Victor (SN 2624) Leslie was employed by R. J Espie as a blacksmith before he enlisted on August 2, 1915. He was Killed in Action in France on May 16, 1916.
Fleer, Harold Edward (SN 3112). Harold was a farmer from Harkaway when he enlisted on July 7, 1915 aged 18. Hist parents Edward and Martha Fleer, gave permission as Harold was under 21. Harold returned to Australia on April, 13, 1919.

Griffin, James Daniel (SN 26752) James, a labourer,  was living in Berwick when he enlisted on January 17, 1916. Returned to Australia June 16, 1919.
Grigg, Donald Douglas (SN 85a) Donald was a farmer and lived in Berwick when he enlisted on March 24, 1915.   Returned to Australia January 2, 1919.
Lewis, F I don't know who this one is - is it Fred Lewis that worked for Mr Rowe the baker? Read about Mr Rowe here.
Loveridge, Ellis (Alfred Ellis Loveridge) ( SN 7880) Storekeeper of Berwick and enlisted on June 15, 1915. Returned to Australia May 3, 1919. 
Lyall, Edmund Ramsden (SN 3170). Edmund was a teacher at the Berwick State school when he enlisted July 24, 1915 aged 20 years, 11 months. He was the son of  John Lyall of Jindivick. Edmund was Killed in Action, in France, on November, 11 1916.

McKay, Albert Duncan (SN 4758) Albert, a labourer,  enlisted on February 2, 1916 and Returned to Australia on June 6, 1918.
Munro, Robert (SN 6542) Robert was a Quarryman and enlisted on June 5, 1915. Not surprisingly, as he had worked in a Quarry he was a Sapper. He returned to Australia April 13, 1919.
O'Sullivan, William (SN 3867) William was 27 when he enlisted on July 9, 1915. He is next of kin was listed as his cousin, Maud Maynard. He died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound on July 19, 1916. 
Randle, Henry George (SN 1274). Henry enlisted on July 7, 1915 aged 27. He was an orchardist from Narre Warren. Henry returned to Australia on May 15, 1919. He was in the First Light Horse Regiment.

Sherriff, Arthur Mason (SN 4529)  Arthur was a nursery man of Narre Warren and enlisted on December 24, 1915. He returned to Australia August 25, 1917. 
Smith, Clarence John (SN 107) Clarence, a horse driver,  enlisted February 4, 1916 and was Killed in Action in Belgium on June 8, 1917.
Warne, Charles Frederick Peneligon  (SN 254) Charles was 42 years old and a painter when he enlisted on January 29, 1916. He Returned to Australia Septermber 23, 1919.
Young, Walter Leslie (SN 632) There is a Walter Leslie Young listed in the 1914 Electoral roll, occupation merchant, address Narre Warren North and a Walter Leslie Young, occupation grocer, enlisting on February 2, 1916 so I believe that W. Young is this person. Plus there is an account of a Private Walter Young having a farewell social at Narre Warren North in April 1916, so I am confident we have the correct man. Walter Returned to Australia on May 27, 1919.

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