Les Knight and his crew

Les Knight: Dambuster

31/08/2018 Raine Biancalt

Leslie Gordon Knight, DSO (7 March 1921 – 16 September 1943) was a Royal Australian Air Force pilot who served with the RAF’s Bomber Command during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1943 for taking part in Operation Chastise while flying with 617 Squadron.

Sergeant Francis Douglas Burrell

Guarding the Shrine: the Burrells of Burwood

31/08/2018 Raine Biancalt

William Burrell and his wife Francis (née Turner) were among the earliest settlers in Burwood. William, a blacksmith and farrier, conducted his business in Toorak Road. Of their eight children, Doug, Jim, and Wilfred served during WWI. Born in 1891, Doug was the first to enlist and joined the 1st Signal Corps Australian Light Horse, arriving in Egypt for further training before going on to Anzac Cove on 12 May 1915.

Tom Finnigan 1898 Austral Wheel Race winner.

Malvern Star – a Legend born locally

02/06/2018 Chris Gray

WHEN I had a Malvern Star bicycle as a boy I never considered it anything more than just “my bike”. It was there so I could ride with my friends; we all learnt by experience of gears, clusters, chains, brakes, derailleurs etc., and helping each other through various breakdowns was part of growing up.

Bob Poulter at Valley View Nurseries in the 1940s using a rotary hoe with Arthur Poulter in the background.

The Poulters: a Family Farm

02/06/2018 Guest Author

THE Poulter family were prominent farmers in Burwood and Ashburton for many years. Can you imagine owning nine acres of land on Boundary Road Burwood, now the corner of Warrigal Road and Ventura Street Ashwood? Purchased in 1922 for just £1550! This soon became the location of R. Poulter and Sons, Frimley Carnation Nurseries.