SOUTH BARWON COUNCIL — Cr Blyth said that sooner or later the horse and vehicle would be a thing of the past. In his opinion horses and carts did more harm than motors. When Motor cars come in there will be a 50% reduction in maintenance cost of roads. It was the horse with his heavy shoes that cut up the roads. He was opposed to the motion, but the bi-law was adopted by a two-thirds majority — from Geelong Advertiser 3 February, 1917
August F Gradner died of wounds received in France while in action on 30 March, 1917. He was the brother of William (also on active service) and Ella Gradner of Grovedale.
Arthur Stanley Palmer, aged 25 years, died somewhere in France on 25 January 1917. He was the third son of James and Eva (née Withers) Palmer of Grovedale. He was the husband of Dot, father of Jean and brother of Henry Wallace, Elsie May, Minnie, Albert Roy, James Reginald, Horace Leslie and Ivy Myrtle.
Private Edward Charles Ensby of Grovedale, son of Charles and Anna Ensby, was reported as wounded and taken prisoner on 11 April, 1917. He was a prisoner of war for 20 months.
Private Sydney Gordon Challis, a farmer from Connewarre, enlisted on 17 April 1916. He was born at Mount Duneed in 1896 and was declared killed in action on 11 April 1917 by Court of Enquiry. He was the son of Harry and Sarah Jane (nee Porter) Challis.
Andrew Miller Fuller, son of Robert Fuller and Susannah née McLeary, was killed at Polygon Wood on 26 September 1917. He was aged 33 years. He is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium and on his parent's grave at Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Private Francis Henry Challis a former farmer, born on 8 December 1883 at Barwon Heads, was a railway employee married to Elsie May and living at Sandringham prior to enlistment. He was declared killed in action of 12 May by Court of Enquiry in the vicinity of Bullecourt. He had one son. He was the son of Francis Henry and Jessie Elizabeth Challis.
Burials at Grovedale
Dorothea Elizabeth Andressen — died 9 January, aged 79 years. She was the relict of John Andressen, mother of Cr Andressen, Frank Albert of Melbourne and Charles Daniel of Grovedale. She had been a resident of Grovedale for 52 years. She was buried two days later in a private service.
Burials at Mount Duneed
Susannah Danger died on 7 March aged 71. She was the wife of Samuel Danger and daughter of Robert and Mary (née Butler) Broughton.
Baby Bubb — died May
Frederick Beard — died May aged 81
Alexander Tait — died June aged 75
Frederick Stacey — died November aged 18 of pneumonia. He was the son of Francis Henry and Catherine Mary (née Danger) Stacey
The VFL consisted of six teams (Geelong, Richmond, South Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy) each playing the other three times. Teams had 18 players and no reserves. Collingwood were premiers and the leading goalkicker was Dick Lee of Collingwood. Richmond took the "wooden spoon". Players were amateurs with players paying their own expenses. Geelong donated profits to war funds.
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