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.
The Ballarat Star Thursday 23 November 1916 Page 6
RED CROSS SOCIETY At he annual meeting of the Linton Red Cross Society (the president) Mrs F O'Beirne, being in the chair), the balance sheet showing receipts, £74/19/7, expenditure £64/0/10, balance ...
The Ballarat Star Thursday 6 July 1916 Page 6
RED CROSS BRANCH The Linton branch of the Red Cross Society is still doing good work. The weekly meetings on Thursday afternoons are well attended, but there is still room for additional workers. Las ...
The Ballarat Star Tuesday 18 June 1918 Page 6 LINTON
KILLED IN ACTION Mrs R E Saunders of the vicarage, Linton, has received the sad news that her brother, Pte Edwin A Le Lau, was killed in action on the 30th May. Widespread sympathy is felt with Mrs S ...
The Ballarat Star Wednesday 14 March 1916 Page 6
RED CROSS WORK The work sent in to the Linton branch of the Red Cross Society for last week was as follows:- Shirts – Mesdames McBeith 4, R 3, Cock 2, D Brown and E Ball 1 each, Miss Campbell 2. Sock ...
The Ballarat Star Wednesday 26 January 1916 Page 6
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY A meeting of the Linton Horticultural Society was held in the Shire Hall on Monday evening. Mr A J Smith presiding. The balance sheet in connection with the Spring Show was subm ...
The Ballarat Star Wednesday 4 July 1917 Page 8 LINTON
FOR THE RED CROSS An entertainment was held in the Parish Hall on Friday night in aid of the Linton State School War Relief Fund for Red Cross purposes. There was a large attendance. Mr A J Smith occ ...
WENDOUREE LADY MAYORESS'S PATRIOTIC LEAGUE
Wendouree was a district inside the south eastern boundary of the Shire of Ballarat, close to the city of Ballarat. This organisation was a sub-branch of the Ballarat Lady Mayoress's Patriotic League ...
WESTERN CROQUET CLUB
Western Croquet Club was barely 18 months old in September 1914 when its members began to support various patriotic charities. This Club comprised women. A number of these women had important social ...
WICKLIFFE Wickliffe ladies, who had formed an organisation on the same day as the first Red Cross meeting in Melbourne immediately dispatched 1000 handkerchiefs to the Lady Mayoress’s Patriotic Leagu ...
WINDERMERE LADY MAYORESS'S PATRIOTIC LEAGUE
The township of Windermere was located in the South Riding of the Shire of Ballarat. This organisation was listed as a sub-branch of the Ballarat Lady Mayoress's Patriotic League. The Ballarat and Di ...