Their Duty Done
A tribute to the men and women of the East Gippsland Region who Died as a result of their participation in World War One : 1914 - 1919
There are thousands of hours of volunteer work in this project. Thousands. From initial searching to verification of data, to input, to artwork and lots of lateral thinking to try and locate images of the fallen.  There is now a team of ten volunteers working on Their Duty Done every spare moment that they have. This project would not have been possible if it had not been for the digitisation programs that, thankfully, have been instigated by many of Australia’s public institutions. The National Archives Australia WW1 attestation records, the online access to the records and images of the Australian War Museum and the Trove website developed by the National Library of Australia allowing access to local newspapers particularly for the 1910-1920 period. Other websites that we found invaluable at various times include The AIF Project hosted by the UNSW Canberra, the Commonwealth War Graves website, Discovering Anzacs the specific section of the National Archives website and more recently the new Public Record Office of Victoria site Battle to Farm which is allowing future research for some of those who returned. Contemporary publications of the time, like the Education Department’s Record of Service have also proved invaluable as have recent publications such as Kim Phillips’ The Spirits of Gallipoli. The various forms of the Birth, Death and Marriage indexes that are available for Australia wide helped sort out who was who in the families. Local resources in our own library and those held at the regional historical societies were also utilised. Digitisation and on-line searching has meant that regional groups such as the East Gippsland Family History Group are able to create extremely valuable resources on a local level that otherwise would not be possible. In the time leading up to the establishing of this website we have been in communication with many, many descendants of the soldiers who both died and came home is our search for photos and stories of the men and women involved. Many expressions of thanks that “something” would come out it all where information would be available, exchanged and added to as possible. One day the post arrived with a thank-you card of Flanders poppy, complete with an anniversary $1 coin, for the research team of this project with words in it that best sum up the project “I remember once reading that the last death we have is the last time our name is mentioned. I can appreciate the long hours of work that this will take but please remember that once again these young men and women will be thought of and their names will be mentioned.” This project has not been funded by any grant monies and is purely a volunteer project by a team of dedicated local history researchers.
The Volunteers (in no particular order) Rhonda Toomey Dorothy Mann Wayne George Martin Hopkins Lorna Jensen Neil Cox Judy Richardson Teresa Collis Gwen McInnes Debbie Squires Tony Meade Helene Murray Deirdre Bennett