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Service Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles

Arch of Victory – Avenue of Honour Committee

Service Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles
Wednesday 20 July2016

28 soldiers from Ballarat were killed during that battle.








Annie Westcott AANS WW1 Memorial Service in Ballarat

Memorial Service to commemorate
Annie Westcott AANS WW1
and in memory of all forgotten nurses of WW1
Saturday 27th of February 2016
Ballarat Old Cemetery

Annie Maynard Westcott was 24 when she commenced her training at the Ballarat Base Hospital, and with 16 years of Nursing and administration experience, she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in October 1915.

She was buried with other family members whose names were recorded on adjacent headstones, however Annie’s name was missing. Discovering she was lying anonymously in the Old Ballarat Cemetery, the Ballarat Base Trained Nurses League set about raising funds to give Annie her identity and recognition.

Her story came to light during the preparation of the book “They answered their countries call’ written by Garry Snowden.

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John Brain

John Brain 190, a 27 year old labourer from Ballarat who ended up in different Battalions,

such as the the 14th, 29th and 46th.

Interestingly he also joined the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company in France.

He contracted Pleurisy, was gassed, as well as shot in the right leg.

He did however return home to Ballarat, where he died at the age of 85.


Record via the National Archive of Australia.


Other details via ‘They answered their country’s call’ by Garry Snowden.

Short account of service and sacrifice from Ballarat General



Stanley Gordon Tredinnick

12688102_789846917786576_6325385139694580999_nStanley Gordon Tredinnick, born in Allendale (Near Creswick), but somehow ended up in New Zealand,

where he joined the New Zealand Engineers and Tunnelling Company.


He died of wounds on the Flanders Fields in the 14th of October 1917.


He is buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France.




Sapper Walter Campbell

Walter Campbell, Sapper 2706 born on 14 May 1872.

He was the tenth child of fifteen. Walter became a miner working underground in the mines at Sebastopol.

He died of illness on 02 February 1917 and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium.DSC_1310

Photo – Walter Campbell’s name on the Roll of Honour at the Sebastopol Historical Society.

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Macklain James Martin Kerby

A Tunneller from the Ballarat Electorate:

Kerby via Tim FitzgeraldMacklain James Martin Kerby was born in Ballarat. He was a student of Grenville College before studying Chemistry at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1905.

Proud member of the Ballarat East Fire Brigade, where he listed on their Honour Board.

Sergeant Macklain J.M. Kerby (1364) enlisted on 10 January 1916, becoming a member of the 3rd Tunnelling Company.
He was listed as missing on 28 November 1916, and later announced killed in action on 27 November 1916, France.

He was buried in the Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension, Hersin-Coupigny, Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, France.…/kerby_macklam_james_martin_1364…

(Photo thanks to Tim Fitzgerald)


“Facts, Furphys & Figments – WW1 Revealed”

“Facts, Furphys & Figments – WW1 Revealed”


From the landing at ANZAC Cove on April 25th 1915 until the guns fell silent on the Western Front on November 11th, 1918, many thousands of Australians and New Zealanders played pivotal roles in the key battles of the Great War. As our countries commemorate the 100 year anniversaries of these events, there has been a renewal of interest and research into the events and the people and personalities involved. Old assumptions have been tested, myths and legends have been explored, and a veritable treasure trove of private and personal information has been re-discovered and made available for public consumption.


On Saturday 21st November 2015, from 10 am to 3.30 pm, at Oscar’s Hotel & Café Bar, 18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat, Mining Mud & Medals proudly presents a day of documentary makers, authors and speakers on a variety of World War One related subjects. Cost for the day, including a morning tea, is $40 per person.


Local film-makers Lucinda Horrocks and Jay Nemo from ‘Wind and Sky Productions’ will feature their video project: “Memories of War”. Their project commemorates the centenary of WW1 in Ballarat and connects young people to events that took place a century ago. Students from Federation University tell the stories of Ballarat people affected by the Great War.


Joshua Funder, great grandson of Stanley Watson wrote ‘Watson’s Pier’ as part of his family history. In Joshua’s words, “one Christmas when I was a small boy, I sat with my brother Hugh listening to the war stories of our great grandfather, Stanley Watson, who had come from Adelaide to Melbourne to visit us. What I heard for the first time that day in 1977 was the story of the remarkable evacuation of Gallipoli and his part in it. Hugh placed a tape recorder beside our great grandpa, documenting his words for a school project.” Joshua Funder will tell of his great-grandfather, who helped to build the pier to enable easier landing of supplies and weapons and which at the end of the Gallipoli Campaign, played a key role in the evacuation of 20,000 men.


Dr. Kirsty Harris’ expertise is on the roles and skills of Australian nurses who served overseas during World War I. Her current research includes Empire women at Gallipoli. Dr Harris was winner of the C.E.W. Bean Prize for Military History in 2008 for her PhD Thesis, upon which she based her book “More than Bombs and Bandages: Australian Army nurses at work in World War I’. The topic of Dr Harris’s talk will be ‘On the ferry service: nurses at sea at Gallipoli’.


Michael McKernan is an historian and prolific writer with extensive experience in teaching and research, management, the media and the practical presentation of history.  He is a commentator on ABC radio, and has a weekly half hour program on Australian history on the ABC’s 2BL Sydney and 2CN Canberra. As a former Deputy Director of the Australian War Memorial and project manager for the Entombment of the Unknown Australian Soldier, he was responsible for one of the most successful commemorative activities held in Australia. His most recent book ‘Victoria at War’, records the achievements of the state’s soldiers, nurses and their families, and will be the subject of his talk.


Finishing off the day will be a discussion panel highlighting the Myths & Truths of WW1. The panel will be led by Ballarat School teacher Justin Hayward, previously crowned the Victorian Winner of the Raw Comedy Festival.

Cost for the day, including a morning tea, is $40 per person (Lunch at own cost). Payments can be made direct (please include your name) to the Victorian Interpretive Project Inc. – Project account: BSB 633 000 account number: 145608105 or pay at the door, but please let us know by booking via email: or phone Yvon on 0438140756

There will be an hour break for lunch, however if you plan to have lunch at Oscar’s please book directly beforehand. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of each of our speakers as well as book signing opportunities.

Mining Mud & Medals is managed by a small subcommittee of the Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc., a Ballarat based not-for-profit organisation. Members include historians, genealogists, military researchers, professional editors, broadcasters and journalists.



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Ballarat Ranger Military Museum – Sunday 9 August 2015

The planting of the ‘Aleppo Pine’, descendant from a Pine Tree at Lone Pine planted on 9th of August by Lt Col Tom Biedermann Commanding Officer 8/7 RVR, at the Ballarat Ranger Museum, on the Centenary of the end oif the Battle for Lone Pine 1915.

As well as the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the Centenary of the raising of the 18th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 8th Brigade, 5th Division, AIF on the 30th of August 1915. The plaque was unveiled by the descendant of the 18 AASC Men.


The re-creation of the Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour

On Monday 3 August 2015, on a very cold Ballarat (with a little sleet/snow/hail thrown in for measure) the re-creation of the Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour took place on Fortune Street, Ballarat East.

Over recent months, staff from Ballarat Childrens’ and Family Services (CAFS, a successor organisation to the Ballarat Orphanage) the City of Ballarat, Conservation Volunteers Australia, People at Work, Bunnings Warehouse, Espresso Mobile Cafe Ballarat, and the joint Rotary Clubs of Ballarat – with additional support received from the RSL Ballarat sub-branch – have worked together overseeing the planting of 106 replacement oak trees along Fortune Street.

These oaks replace those which formed the earlier Avenue of Honour named after the then manager at the Ballarat Orphanage. After Arthur Kenny’s death in 1925, the Avenue named in his honour slowly fell into disrepair. This project along with today’s ceremony form part of CAFS 150th celebrations in 2015.

Today, a newly cast commemorative brass plaque sits alongside each replacement oak; and the one pictured below commemorates the life of 4114 Sapper James Wallace – one of Ballarat’s sons – who served with the 5th Australian Army Tunnelling Corps.

Lest We Forget.

More on the re-creation of the Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour:…/32534…/history-in-the-making/

James Wallace:

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Thank you to the Ballarat East Community Men’s Shed & the Ballarat RSL

For the past year members working on the Mining Mud & Medals Project have been searching archives and records for the names of tunnellers from the Ballarat Electorate. During that time many have been added to our growing list of names.

On ANZAC Day last year we noticed many of those them were unrepresented amongst the rows of white crosses on the median strip near the Cenotaph, on Sturt Street. Every year volunteers from Ballarat RSL and Bunnings Ballarat carefully place each cross into the ground, in alphabetical order, a few days before ANZAC Day.

Many residents will be unaware those small crosses can be purchased by family members of ex-servicemen and women from all theatres of war, for the relatives who have spent a considerable amount of their life in Ballarat, from RSL Ballarat, for the one-off cost of $20 each (Those applying do not have to be modern day descendants of ANZAC diggers). This price barely covers the cost of making and painting each cross. There are also additional costs incurred during the preparation, such as printing and plasticising of the individual name tag attached to each cross.


Sturt Street Ballarat

Members of the Mining Mud & Medals sub-committee (auspiced by Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc.) recently compiled a list of unrepresented tunnellers. They were anxious to ensure their names would not be forgotten on the centenary of ANZAC this year. A search by staff at RSL Ballarat subsequently revealed, almost 60 Ballarat tunnellers were missing from the list of names in their White Cross database.

There are many reasons why their names may have been forgotten. Descendants of those who served in Australian Army Tunnelling Companies during WW1 are often unaware great grandad or a great uncle worked as a tunneller during the Secret War. In some instances, these servicemen simply had no family left in Ballarat.

With this in mind, the Mining Mud and Medals team agreed to facilitate the donation of 60+ crosses to the Ballarat RSL. A partnership between members of the Ballarat East Men’s Shed and Bunnings Ballarat ensured the White Cross project was completed in time for the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations held on 25 April 2015.

Volunteers from the Ballarat East Men’s Shed were honoured to be asked to make and paint the timber crosses for free: in all, they made 100 from recycled hardwood! They also ensured each cross had an RSL poppy wired onto it – and double-sided plastic clips were carefully attached to hold each name card in place. RSL Ballarat provided their poppies at no cost and Bunnings Ballarat kindly offered to supply the special clips used to hold the name tags. Thank you to everyone who worked to ensure this White Cross project was such a success. What a wonderful team effort!


In March 2016 the MM&M team will once again submit a list of recently identified tunneller names to RSL Ballarat for verification, and inclusion on their White Cross database. If you or a member of your extended family are connected to a local man who served with the Australian Army Tunnelling Corps, please contact the team at for further information.

Lest We Forget.

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MM&M Di Campbell & BEC’s Member Lynton Roberts