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The Honour Roll commemates those from the Shire who served in World War One. The Honour Roll was unveiled in February 1918 and contained 53 names. Later enlistments were added when the war ended and in 1930 another three more names were inserted including that of nurse Grace Turnley.

A most successful entertainment was held in the Keilor Hall on Wednesday evening, 20th February, the occasion being the unveiling of the honor roll board provided by the Keilor Shire Council. Representatives from all parts of the shire were present. The chairman, Cr. W. J. White, opened the proceedings by apologising for the absence of the invited members of Parliament. He then announced that the concert arrangements were in the hands of Mr. Winterbottom. This gentleman, with his concert party from Sunshine, and Miss Alma Skinner, provided a splendid programme of songs suitable to the occasion, and, judging from the applause, every item was much appreciated. Mr. Winterbottom is deserving of credit for the success of his efforts. At the conclusion of the concert the chairman called upon Cr. W.H. Parr as being the oldest councillor present, to perform the important ceremony of the unveiling. Cr. Parr, although unexpectedly called upon, made a most appropriate speech, and it is doubtful if any of the distinguished persons invited would have beaten it. When the unveiling had taken place the audience rose and sang "God bless our splendid men."

The honor board, which is made of blackwood and measures 6ft by 4, occupies a place on the wall over the stage. On it are the names of 53 soldiers who have enlisted from the Keilor shire, and there is room for a few more names to be added. Of these 53 soldiers who gave up ease and comfort to answer to their country's call, three have made the supreme sacrifice, a few have returned wounded or otherwise invalided, but the most of them are still at the front doing their duty fighting for justice, liberty and peace. The honor roll will serve to perpetuate the names of these brave men who have recognised their duty. The parents of the soldiers and the performers were the guests of the councillors who entertained them to light refreshmnents. The councillors and their secretary, Mr. W. J. Andrew, deserve praise for making the evening such a success both socially and financially. The proceeds will be handed to the State War Council.
Flemington Spectator (Vic), 28 February 1918.

Location

Address:Kennedy Street & Old Calder Highway, Old Shire Hall , Keilor, 3036
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.719065
Long: 144.833684
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Link:http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vhd/…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 20th February, 1918
Source: MA, VWHI
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