Anthony McAleer – historian, researcher and writer

Book LaunchAnthony wrote a story about a soldier from Lillydale and who was lucky enough to return home. And will release a new book on Sunday March 29th – the biography of Seville’s Victoria Cross recipient – George Mawby Ingram VC, MM. Anthony spoke to the Pakenham SLAV group on Thursday 19th February 2015. His research strategies were devoured by a large group of teacher, librarians and technicians who are all scrambling for his phone number and eager for a visit. Anthony works at the Immigration Museum and can be found on Facebook too.

His books are available online and access to his PowerPoint presentation can be found here. – great to search for a person, if you have the middle name it makes it easier – embarkation rolls will be found there - rank, title, conflict, date embark, place and ship can then be viewed
Digitised records can be found on the Nominal Roll – this brings you information about when soldiers returned – then you can find honours and awards given during their service – references to gazettes from London and Australian – you can sometimes be lucky to find digitised documents.

This site has the roll of honour – details of those who died while on active service – nominal rolls for pre WW1 conflicts – red cross wounded and missing POW files – WW1 service files are viewable digitally when you go to “record search” where Australian Imperial Force papers are kept, deeper searching can have diaries and be up to 60 pages in length – perfect for Year 9 and 10 history

Trove newspapers – all local papers from 1914-1918 are all here – just key person’s name in (the more info you can put in the better the search) – name and home town – this will give you access to news reports, honour rolls, often add names as they happen so not alphabetised rather they were used an encouragement for others to go and enlist – Letters can be located too

Other resources to utilise include local history groups or societies, local historians, local societies, local history museumns, local history publications and other newspapers that are not on Trove such as Lilydale Express. Other interesting infomation can be found in the electoral roll when you know the address.

There is something special about standing in their footsteps.

AIF projects Discovering ANZACs can be useful

Oral history is so important – STORY from the people who experienced it – enters our hearts and not just our minds.

Other ideas shared;

AWM memorial boxes

Books spoken about;

A Rose for the Anzac Boys – Jackie French Teacher Notes

Anzac Treasures – available for purchase online

Stories of Love and War – a great book available from the ABC shop

Love and Sorrow – a must see exhibition where you will also find teachers notes

Gallipoli revisited

Evan’s Gallipoli and other children’s books about war

There is so much more we could add – if you’d like more check out my ANZAC Blog!




Term 1 2015 – ANZAC Centenary


Term 1 Meeting

Emerald Secondary on 19th February 2015

4pm for a 4:30pm start

Theme: Anzac Centenary

Special Guest: Anthony McAleer

We have invited Anthony McAleer to  speak about WW1 in our local area and the Yarra Ranges. He is an author, historian for the RSL and woks for the immigration museum – FONT OF KNOWLEDGE. This session will help us as teachers, librarians and assistants to support the special commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac next term.  We look forward to hearing Anthony discuss some of the local stories from this time, other resources, educational links and opportunities this brings to our schools.

Anthony has published A Stretcher Bearer’s War – The story of Ralph Goode MBE whose family lived in Lillydale. This is a collection of letters and diaries written by Ralph and full of primary source evidence. Copies can be purchased via the link.  There is also a another book entitled The Last Light Horseman – The story of Trooper Joe Clark Australia’s last surviving 3rd Light Horseman of the Great War available via Regimental Books.

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See you there!


ANZAC Authors are coming to Pakenham SLAV


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There has been a plethora of new releases based upon the Gallipoli centenary and many of you will have seen the February edition of The Literature Base. It is full of great ideas and makes reference to many of the books that I will be using at my school during ANZAC Week. In particular are the works of Norman Jorgensen and Sally Murphy, who have been invited to attend our region and speak at some of our schools.

Norman Jorgensen wrote In Flanders Fields, a picture story book set in the trenches of World War One, telling the story of a young, homesick Anzac soldier who, on Christmas morning, faced almost certain death in a seemingly hopeless attempt to rescue a robin caught in the wire of no man’s land. Norman will speak on this topic and of his extensive historical research. We have one spare day left in his schedule – Thursday 23rd April. Please contact Michelle Nye at Hillcrest Christian College on 97022144.

Sally Murphy has written Do Not Forget Australia and most recently 1915. Sally’s latest novel gives the reader an insight into the Gallipoli experience from the perspective of a young Bunbury school teacher who has enlisted with some mates with an eye to adventure and travel. Sally can speak on this topic and about her writing process and is perfect for Middle and Upper Primary classes. Again, we only have one spare day left in her schedule -Tuesday 21st  April. Please contact Michelle Nye at Hillcrest Christian College on 97022144.

Norman Jorgensen

$600 a day + 1/15 per session of travel costs ($33.33)

Date Location Sessions Contact
Monday 20th April Glen Eagles 3 Moller, Lynne L <>
Tuesday 21st April Hillcrest Christian College 3
Wednesday 22nd April Emerald Secondary College  3 Tracey FergusonLibrary Co-ordinator

Phone: 03-59686055


Thursday 23rd April  3 sessions spare
Friday 24th April Hillcrest Christian College 3


Sally Murphy

$600 a day + 1/9 per session of travel costs ($55.50)

Date Location Sessions Contact
Monday 20th April Hillcrest Christian College
Tuesday 21st April  12


Wednesday 22nd April Hillcrest Christian College 3


We will also host an informal Meet the Authors pizza night to those who book sessions or are interested. Looking forward to a great ANZAC Centenary at my school! Hope your plans are going well too!

Michelle Nye