Looking Back

100 years ago
3 June 1915

The War
The troops from Australia continue to render a great service to the Empire, and accounts of the fighting against the Turks at Gallipoli are of a satisfactory nature, although the losses are heavy.
The last casualty list furnishes a disastrous loss amongst the Australian and Victoria’s share has been very heavy.
Local lads listed below:
Killed in Action
Lieut W H Dawkins – Divisional Headquarters – Ferntree Gully
Private A E Belger – 14th Battalion – Frankston
Private W H C Leeson – 14th Battalion – Garfield
Private N Rooney – 14th Battalion – Ringwood
Lieut Tom Couve – 8th Battalion – Dandenong

Corpl W R Bailey – 5th Battalion – Moorabbin
Private J E Heaton – 6th Battalion – Mordialloc
Private J Cohen – 6th Battalion – Springvale
Private H N Harris – 6th Battalion – Dandenong
Private W Sangater – 6th Battalion – Dandenong
Private W Fletham – 8th Battalion – Somerville
Private W Davis – 5th Battalion
Private H R Ebsary – 6th Battalion – Heatherton
Private D Nicholson – 7th Battalion – Pearcedale
Private J Gully – 8th Battalion – Bunyip
Private W Clarkin – 7th Battalion – Iona

50 years ago
9 June 1965
’Good Neighbours’ give aid
Welcoming new families, helping them and visiting them has been undertaken by Springvale Branch of the Good Neighbour Council since its formation 12 months ago.
The first annual report of the branch states that 100 families have been welcomed and given advice.
Families in distress have been given assistance at the rate of about one a month.
The area for visiting covers Clayton, Springvale and Noble Park.
In many cases, after the first visit, we have found the greatest problem is that of loneliness of housewives.
Seeking help in its work the committee stated it needed the co-operation of every organisation.

20 years ago
12 June 1995
Uni passes Test
The U3A Dandenong has enjoyed a very successful first year.
The number of members has grown rapidly, the range of courses increased and the group is financially sound.
University president Max Oldmeadow, who is a former Parliamentarian and educationalist, said he felt the U3A has meet a big need in the Dandenong community.
The university has 152 members and offers 18 courses.

5 years ago
7 June 2010
Jayco to add 150 jobs with 87M caravan production line
A massive $7 million expansion has triggered a jobs explosion at Dandenong South caravan manufacturing giant Jayco.
The requirement for additional factory space is due to the high demand for recreational vehicles and subsequent increase in production volumes. Opportunities for full-time jobs were available for skilled and unskilled workers, including general labourers, electricians, plumbers and furniture assemblers.

– Compiled by Dandenong and District Historical Society

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