King George V was monarch, Billy Hughes was prime minister, Gough Whitlam, 21st prime minister of Australia was born and three year old Sasanof won the Melbourne Cup.
The first plebiscite on the issue of military conscription was held; it was defeated. 25 April was officially named and widely observed as Anzac Day.
The Victorian Football League was feeling the strain of World War 1. Attendances were affected, only four clubs competed (Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond) and teams were missing players. Geelong among many other teams, refused to play on "patriotic grounds". Fitzroy won the wooden spoon and the premiership in the same year, finishing fourth out of four and also winning the grand final.
Melbourne receives its highest annual rainfall.
The church was crowded for two services held on 8 October to commemorate the opening of the church. At the morning service Mr RC Blyth, chairman of the Board of Management, gave a short address, then handed a silver key to Mr R Fuller sen., the oldest church member, who opened the church. The celebrations continued the following Tuesday with a tea meeting and concert. There was a large attendance and the sum of £22 was obtained. The total expenses of building the church amounted to £350 of which over £200 had been paid off.
In 1977 the church became the Connewarre Uniting Church, and about a year later it closed and was sold to the Geelong Aero Club.
Burials at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Rebecca Harkness — 8 February (78 years)
Elizabeth Archer — 15 May (100 years)
Sarah Graham — 9 September (82 years)
Ida Stacey — 15 October (26 years)
Robert Ellis — 23 December (74 years)
Burials at Germantown Cemetery
Leslie Adolf — 26 April (20 years)
Ada Plier — 9 July (58 years)
George Rechenberg — 15 July
Eleanora Thomas — 6 October (85 years)
Burials at Freshwater Creek Cemetery
Augusta Seiffert — 21 Jun (37 years)
Killed in Action
Albert Clery died of wounds in France on 19 July 1916. Before the war he had worked for his aunt, Jane Clery at Connewarre. A memorial service was held at St Dunstan's church on 1 October.
Private Arnold WC Decker was killed in action in France on 17 August. He was a member of St Cuthberts Church of England in Marshall. A memorial service was held on Sunday evening 24 September. A parade of members of the Young Men's Club paid a tribute to the memory of their late vice president. A former scholar of the sunday school he was later a teacher.
Private Fred J Holmes was killed in France on
26 August but news of his death did not reach his parents until June 1917, after which a memorial service was held in his honour at St Cuthberts Church.
Private Harold Clifford Lewis, son of William and Ellen (née Middleton) Lewis, is remembered on his parents headstone in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. He was born at Mount Duneed on 27 September, 1894. He was killed on 15 July in France and is buried at Rue de Bois Cemetery.
Bernard Jasper, aged 23 years, was reported killed in action in France of 19 July 1916. He was the youngest son of Hr and Mrs H Jasper of Grovedale. He has previously been reported missing.
Private John Gedfrey (Jack) Baensch, eldest son of Godfrey and Margaret Letitia (née Mawson) Baensch of Grovedale, was born at Grovedale on 28 March 1891. Although baptised at Trinity Lutheran Church at Germantown the family later joined the Grovedale Methodist Church. Prior to the war he worked at the Australian Tannery. He died of wounds received in France on 8 August 1916. He was 25 years and 5 months.
Died of Illness
Erwin Mallette Spencer, son of William and Jane (née Gardiner) Spencer, died of Meningitis on 17 August 1916 while en route to Egypt. He was buried at sea.