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Fitzgerald T G     Pte    4536

Page history last edited by Lenore Frost 3 months, 1 week ago

Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Sergeant Tom Fitzgerald, wearing his South African War campaign medals.  Courtesy of the North Essendon Methodist Church.  Fitzgerald was said to be the first returned serviceman to become Mayor of Essendon.



Fitzgerald T G     Pte    4536    Gerald Thomas             29 Inf Bn    33    Builder and contractor  Married    Meth

Address:    Essendon, Brewster, 72 (cnr Mackay St) (now No 62)

Next of Kin:    Fitzgerald, Emma, Mrs, wife, 72 Brewster St, cnr Mackay St, Essendon    

Enlisted:    14 Jan 1916        

Embarked:     A7 Medic 16 Dec 1916


Relatives on Active Service:

Fitzgerald-A-J-Pte-3193A    brother


Essendon Gazette, 12 August 1915.  Tom Fitzgerald runs for the local



Mr. G. Thos. Fitzgerald, of Brewster and Mackay streets, Essendon, one of our most successful builders, went into camp last Monday. He was one of the hardest workers at the various fetes held in the City of Essendon during the last ten years, finishing up with a raffle last week, which brought £17 16s, and which amount he handed to the local Red Cross funds. He has always taken a keen interest in military matters, and was one of the initiators of the Essendon Citizens' Military Association, of which he has been a member of the executive since its inception. He went through the South African campaign, being awarded both the Queen's and the King's medals with six clasps. He is at present the president of the Suburban, Builders' Association, and secretary of the combined State and Federal Liberal party in the district. He has always been a live citizen, and has, from its foundation, been an active member of the Essendon Progress Association. He has been keenly interested in municipal matters, and at the last election, he put up a splendid fight for a seat for the Essendon Ward. Mr. Fitzgerald has always been a total abstainer, and for many years has worked hard for local option. During his absence on active service with the A.I.F., his business will be continued under the direction of Mrs. Fitzgerald at the above address.    


DEATH OF LIEUT. KEITH RAMSAY. (1916, May 25). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved January 31, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74593058 


Pte. Thos. Fitzgerald, writing to the "Essendon Gazette" from England, after being in Hospital suffering from gas and trench fever, expresses his pleasure at receiving copies of the local paper, which he enjoys reading. He says, "I will be joining the machine gun boys very soon now, and God knows that everyone who can work a rifle or gun is needed right now. Our boys are just 'it,' and one is proud to be an 'Aussi' and an old Essendon boy."


ROLL OF HONOR. (1918, August 29). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 4 Edition: Morning. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74607004



Mentioned in this publication:   

Essendon & the Boer War by Lenore Frost


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

Essendon State School

North Essendon Methodist Church

South Essendon Methodist Church

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

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