The City of Ballarat and the surrounding districts played a leading role in the social, economic and political arena in Victoria in the early years of the twentieth century.
The political contributions came from both the conservative and labour sides of the political spectrum. In addition to State politics, local government also played a vital role in formation of a district's response to the war.
This may have included the organisation of enlistment processes, the establishment of avenues for voluntary work along with the collection of the money donated to numerous welfare funds that supported both the enlisted people in local camps, and those elsewhere in Australia or overseas.
There is also evidence of funds set up to support the families of enlisted people. Sporting organisations also lent their support to these funds. Lawn bowling is one sport mentioned that showed widespread support in the establishment of the Avenue of Honour.
BELGIAN RELIEF FUND
Organisers of this group were: Chairman Mayor T T Hollway, Cr W D Hill, Hon Treasurer Mr Charles J King, Hon Secretary Mr W H Chandler and Auditor Mr D Walker. At the final meeting held at Ballarat C ...
BULLARTO LADY MAYORESS'S PATRIOTIC LEAGUE
This branch began operation during 1915-16. During 1916-17, its five members made 50 items and raised about £28.
CARISBROOK LADY MAYORESS'S PATRIOTIC LEAGUE
Carisbrook branch began to operate during 1915-16. The following year some 52 members despatched 1358 items and raised £128. By the end of the war, a membership that had fallen to 32 made 7757 items ...
CHRIST CHURCH LADY MAYORESS'S PATRIOTIC LEAGUE
Christ Church is the Anglican Cathedral in Lydiard Street South. As a Cathedral Church it would have also been a local parish church in Central Ballarat. This organisation was a sub-branch of the Bal ...
DAYLESFORD PATRIOTS COMMITTEE
SURPLUS PATRIOTIC FUNDS The Daylesford patriots committee has decided to allot its surplus funds as follows: - Trustees returned soldiers' memorial hall £165; honor avenue £70; hospital X-ray fund £5 ...
DAYLESFORD SOLDIERS SUNSHINE CLUB
This club was formed in May 1917 with a monthly membership fee of one shilling. Eighteen young women met three times each week in the clubroom to pack parcels and attend any other relevant business. ...
E LUCAS & CO
This business, which was founded by Mrs Eleanor Price, later Lucas, as a very small enterprise expanded from the manufacture of ladies undergarments – white work – into clothing – dressmaking – and c ...
FRIENDLY UNION OF SOLDIERS' WIVES
In mid-August 1915, Her Excellency Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, wife of the Governor General, hosted an informal meeting of military officers' wives at Government House, Melbourne. At that meeting, it ...
GLENLYON RED CROSS
Glenlyon Red Cross was formed on 29th July 1915. Membership was about sixteen members. Meetings were probably held on a monthly basis. In April 1918, the President referred to the early struggle of t ...
The Linton Honor Avenue is nearly ready for the planting. Working bees have been held on the last two Saturdays, when splendid progress was made. The ladies provided afternoon tea, which was most acc ...