The Sweetland Project: Remembering Gallipoli in the Shire of Nunawading

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 242 pages
Author: S. Cooke
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781925003949
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, bibliog, index
Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing

A chance discovery made on a tour of Anzac Cove provided an immediate link between Gallipoli and Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs.

In the lead up to the Centenary of Anzac, '‘The Sweetland Project' (named after a Box Hill man, Stephen Sweetland) became a broader search for the connections between Gallipoli and the former Shire of Nunawading, revealing 27 men from the former shire who died during the Gallipoli campaign.

The men included in this book are:

Name / Place of birth / Unit
Anderson, Arthur Andreas - Box Hill, 8th Light Horse
Bethel, Robert James Joseph - Derby/Moorina (Tas), 14th Battalion
Brewster, William - Glasgow, Scotland, 14th Battalion
Dale, George Thomas - Box Hill, 5th Battalion
Daly, Ernest Robert, Prahran, 7th Battalion
Edmonson, Ernest - Wooragee, 4th Battalion
Gibbs, Edward Buckley - Woodend, 8th Light Horse
Hasselbach, Edward Peter - Camberwell, 5th Battalion
Hayes, Robert James, Hawthorn (Kew), 8th Battalion
Head, William Walter James, Upper Ferntree Gully, 7th Battalion
Johnson, Frank Thomas - Richmond, 8th Battalion
Johnston, Alfred Ernest - Richmond, 9th Battalion
Kennedy, Edward Kittrick - St Kilda, 6th Battalion
Kilpatrick, Edward Richard - Port Melbourne, 8th Light Horse
Larkin, Michael Edward - Mitcham, 8th Light Horse
Levens, George Hill - Emerald Hill, 7th Battalion
Mills,Thomas Hamlyn - Mangalore, 24th Battalion
Pither, Frederic Henry - Hawthorn, 14th Battalion
Sergeant, John Edwin - Box Hill, 8th Battalion
Sloan, James Bowman - Newton Mearns (UK), 21st Battalion
Sloan, Thomas Bowman - Glasgow (UK), 21st Battalion
Smart, George William - Richmond, 22nd Battalion
Smith, Herbest Gordon - Echuca, 8th Battalion
Sweetland, Stephen James - Box Hill, 8th Light Horse
Talbett, Norman Thomas - Box Hill, 4th Light Horse
Wassell, Frank - Yorkshire (UK), 14th Battalion
Wright, Herbest Patrick - Box Hill, 21 Battalion  

This book traces their stories and the reaction to the Great War of the local community, and shows how personal and collective memories of their experiences still resonate today.

'How far is it to Gallipoli? - by Alexander McCallum
The men of the Shire of Nunawading who died at Gallipoli
Introduction: Approaching Anzac
1. The Shire in the lead up to the First World War
2. The Journey to Gallipoli
3. Gallipoli Stories
4. The Impact of the War on the Shire
5. The Memorial Landscapes of Anzac
6. Epilogue: Family Memories

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