2014 Meetings will still be in Bridie O'Reilly's Pub Until Further Notice
Brunswick Town Hall is still not available. Our meetings will continue to be held in the Private Function Room of Bridie O'Reilly's Irish Pub (the former Sarah Sands Hotel) until further notice.
In March 2014
a talk by Keith Stodden
"The Trams of Melbourne"
Date: 1 March 2014 (Saturday)         
Time: 1.30 PM till 4 PM approximately 
Venue: Private Function Room,                 
Bridie O'Reilly's Irish Pub
(former Sarah Sands Hotel)
Food and drinks at pub prices. Some of us meet at 12.10 PM for a light lunch and chat
Enquiries: Francesca 9387 1194
Combined Meeting of Broadmeadows, Brunswick & Coburg History Groups
Date: 15 March 2014 (Saturday)           
Time: 1.30 PM                                       
Venue: Broadmeadows Museum,              
21 Pearcedale Road         

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In April 2014
a talk by Bart Ziino
"A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War"
"A Distant Grief" examines the role of war graves and cemeteries in private grief and mourning. Sixty thousand Australians perished during the First World War. So how did their families, on the other side of the world and without the bodies of their dead, attempt to come to terms with their loss?
Australian reactions to death were defined by distance, a circumstance that impelled mourners towards communal responses to their loss. It drove them to create and sustain links with the graves that most knew they would never see.
This first major study to draw extensively on the archives of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission adds a new dimension to our understanding of the ways in which individuals and communities respond to death and commemoration during and after one of the greatest traumas of the twentieth century.
Date: 5 April 2014 (Saturday)                    
Time: 1.30 PM till 4.30 PM approximately 
Venue: Private Function Room,                       
Bridie O'Reilly's Irish Pub     
(former Sarah Sands Hotel)   




Do you remember?
  1. Summerfield Grocers
  2. Moran & Cato
  3. Empire Picture Theatre
  4. Delicatessen Shop corner Barkly St & Sydney Rd, Motorcycle shop near Town Hall?
  5. Ford Motor Showroom in Brunswick Rd
  6. Picture Theatre in Brunswick Rd
  7. Jingles - Cherry Ripe, Aeroplane Jelly, Vegemite, Louis the Fly (Mortein?)
  8. Persil - Whiter than white
  9. Macleans toothpaste
  10. Skipping Girl Vinegar
  11. School - Saluting the Flag Monday morning, St Patrick's Day March
  12. Meat and 3 Veg
  13. The Argonauts (ABC)
  14. Peter's Pals with Bert Newton (3XY?)
  15. Pain Relief - Bex & Vincent's Powders
  16. Californian Poppy hair oil
  17. Gravox Gravy
  18. Drinks - Horlicks (Night Starvation?) Tarax, Loy, ginger beer, Chablis in 1 gallon flagons, Cottees Passiona, Benean Moselle, Coffee tea bonox, Bushell's Coffee Essence, (man wearing turban?)
  19. Where's George? Gone for a Tosca.
  20. Prue Acton
  21. Pro Hart
  22. Travel - Qantas (I still call Australia home), Ansett, TAA - Come fly away with TAA
  23. Soaps - Lux, Cashmere Bouquet
  24. Reckitts Blue
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Can you help?

The Brunswick Community History Group is interested in collecting and publishing local history stories.
We often get requests for information about great-grandparents or other family members which we cannot supply, but we are happy to publish whatever information the person researching his or her family history has already found out, in our quarterly magazine 'Fusion'. Quite often this has led to further information or even contact with long lost family or friends.