Our 51st Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday, 22 June at the Gannawarra Centre in North Essendon.
Our guest speaker was Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison AO. Graeme was educated at Aberfeldie State School and Essendon High School and Melbourne and Oxford Universities. He is Australia’s best known urban historian, a leading social historian and a prize winning author. Graeme has presented to the Essendon Historical Society on other significant occasions.
His father, George, a well known plumber in the Essendon area, and his mother, May, were active members of the Essendon Historical Society between 1977 and 1994. George Davison was President of the EHS (1982-84) and Treasurer (1985-92) and May was a member of the original Cataloguing Committee.
Graeme’s talk was titled “Do we belong here? The value of local history”. Graeme covered the neighbourhood experience of the post war village feel whilst living at 16 Banchory Street, Essendon. Amongst many stories was the backyard jet. In 1953 an Australian made Sabre jet fighter broke the sound barrier over Melbourne. With some help from his father and friend Noel Fewster, Graeme created their own replica of a jet fighter for the backyard entertainment of the kids of the area.