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Patrick's parents Edmund and Agnes O'Connor selected land in The Patch when the area was opened up for selection in 1893. Their 10 acre block was situated on the big sweeping bend on The Patch Road in The Patch. Before enlisting, Pat played football for Monbulk. He played in the 1912 Premiership team.
Patrick O'Connor recorded a long and detailed report of the days prior to his capture and all his subsequent difficulties as a Prisoner of War including brutal treatment, torture and ill treatment until final repatriation. The report includes reference to life in the trenches and a minor wound before capture, several wounds on the day of the capture and an attempt to beat him to death with a rock before being taken away for internment. He also witnessed the murder of an Australian wounded soldier by the Turks.
When Pat first returned home he lived on his father's property at The Patch. He rode round on a horse. Pat was once heard saying to his friend Smasher, (Harold Wakeman) who was just a little bloke. "You know, Smasher, you'd make a decent leg for a man!"
Pat was known as Patsy O'Connor to many of his friends in Monbulk.
The road opposite the O’Connor selection property was the beginning of what was once known as ‘The Bridle Track’ which ran from The Patch Road through to Gleghorn Road in Kallista. The Patch end of that road was later re-named “O'Connor's Road” after Patrick O'Connor.
Patrick's story was related by Jill A'Vard at the 2017 Monbulk RSL Anzac Day service. You can read the Anzac Day speech here.
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A collection of service histories of the men and women from Monbulk and District who served in Word War I 1914 - 1918.
This 124 page book is a collection of profiles of the Monbulk and District Diggers who fought in WWI. Profiles were first compiled for the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli 2015 and displayed in the Monbulk RSL. Each profile includes information of their military records, family histories and photos where possible.
Researching these men revealed the horrific conditions, illness and injuries the men went through while being away from their loved ones for far longer than anyone expected at the time. It brought home the relationships of this small community and how brothers, fathers, sons, cousins and brothers-in-law all left their families who had to ‘keep things going’ at home until their return.
The book is $15 is available for sale at Monbulk Historical Society & at the Monbulk Hub.
Monbulk Historical Society has just released a new book 'Bitter and Sweet'.
The fight for survival by those with everything to loose.
In 2014 the May family of Monbulk donated the Monbulk Progress and Fruit Growers Association minute books which had been left in their father’s hands for ‘safe keeping’ in 1962.
This 42 page, colour book focuses on the first of the donated minute books covering the activities of the group from 16th October 1918 until 27th May 1922.
The book gives insights into the circumstances of those times and the issues faced by members of the Association and the wider Monbulk community. It explores the background of the more significant issues and events reflected in the minutes of the Association. Some of the topics discussed in the meetings were shared by the wider Australian public, but others were of particular relevance to those living in Monbulk and at times, specifically the fruit growers.
The book is $15 is available for sale at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, MHS & at the Monbulk Hub.
Monbulk is located 42 km east of Melbourne in the midst of the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria.
Monbulk Historical Society was formed in 1989 having many temporary homes until 2011 when it finally moved into "The Hub", Monbulk's new Living & Learning Centre.
Monbulk Living & Learning Centre
21 Main St
Monbulk VIC 3793
PO Box 98
Monbulk VIC 3793