Greg Hirst (2 December 1952 – 6 June 2017)

Greg Hirst (2 December 1952 – 6 June 2017)

Front cover of Greg Hirst’s self-published books My Motorcycling Life and My Motorcycling Life (Part 2)

Last year on Tuesday 6 June 2017, motorcycle activist and Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club senior member Greg Hirst passed away at the age of 64. His death was unexpected following complications from surgery. His funeral proceedings on Monday 19 June 2017 at Penrith Panthers Marquee, saw hundreds of motorcycle riders meet at Andrew Campbell Reserve in Prospect for a funeral processional ride along the M4 to Penrith to pay tribute to this Australian legend.[1] (more…)

World War One – Served in Belgium

World War One – Served in Belgium

The First World War battlefields on the Western Front in France and Belgium were witness to an Australian story of great triumph and tragedy, of unimaginable losses to a young nation and an extraordinary part in the course of history. (more…)

World War One and Battle of Beersheba

World War One and Battle of Beersheba

The Battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 during the third Battle of Gaza in Palestine. It was a defining moment that demonstrated the success of Manoeuvre Warfare in the region, and the power of mounted troops to rapidly redefine the outcome of a battle. (more…)

Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 1)

Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 1)

Commuters in Sydney wearing masks during the influenza pandemic, 1919. Image: The Australian

A global pandemic reaches Australia

In November 1918, as peace was declared and the guns of the First World War fell silent, people across the world began to succumb in great numbers to a deadly disease. Caused by a particularly virulent strain of pneumonic influenza, the illness was notable for taking the lives of an unusually high number of otherwise young and healthy people.

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Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 3)

Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 3)

Motions of Condolence. Source: Minutes of the Meeting of Dundas Municipal Council, 2 April 1919

Loss and recovery in Parramatta

As the pneumonic influenza pandemic took hold in Parramatta during the first few months of 1919, the small Parramatta District Hospital was only able to admit a handful of influenza patients, so those ill with the disease began to be directed to Lidcombe State Hospital, or the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown.[1]

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World War One and Letters to Home

World War One and Letters to Home

During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, this helped ease the pain of long term separation. Soldiers from Parramatta would write letters (more…)

World War One & Horse Soldiers

World War One & Horse Soldiers

Animals played a vital role during World War One, especially horses. Australia sent more than 136,000 Australian horses overseas to support and serve. The type of war horse that was favoured by the light horsemen in the campaign were originally from New South Wales, hence the sturdy, hardy breed became known as ‘Walers’. (more…)

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