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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Outdoor group portrait of the representative Australian Rules Football team from the 2nd and 3rd Divisions, AIF, which was made up from respective detail camps and command depots in England. This team played against another team made up from members of the 1st, 4th and 5th divisions. The match was played on the grounds of the South Hall Military Hospital, London. Identified back row: Davies,Vic, (left); Private (Pte) Riley, WA, (right). Centre row: Mahoney, Essendon,Vic, sixth from left; Lance Corporal Woods, seventh from left; Pte Hughes, right. Front row: Lieutenant (Lt) Simpson, third from left; Lt Leo Aloysius McCartin (Team Captain), fourth from left ; Lt Dickens, SA, fifth from left. The other team members are unidentified. December 1917.


* O'Mahoney was in England in December 1917, and may have been the man referred to, though he was not from Essendon, but Kensington.


O'Mahoney J L        Driver    6985    John Lawrence         4 FAB    19    Butcher    Single    R C        

Address:    Kensington, Bayswater Rd, , 94 "Shamrock Villa"  

Next of Kin:    O'Mahoney, John M, father, "Shamrock Villa", 94 Bayswater Rd, Kensington    

Enlisted:    23 Sep 1915        

Embarked:     A18 Wiltshire 8 Nov 1915  


Relatives on Active Service:

O'Mahoney-W-J-Gunner-29763 brother



Licensing Case.

John O'Mahoney was charged with being found on the licensed premises of the Clarence Hotel, Kensington, during prohibited hours. Mr. J. J. Carroll for defendant. Constable Jones deposed that at 9.30 a.m. on 15th ult., he saw defendant enter the Clarence Hotel. Went to the window and heard sounds of a door being locked. Went to another door, and saw the licensee's son and accused. Saw them with green tickets in their hands. Had known defendant for 9 months. Accused was employed by the City Council. Witness saw the licensee's son go out of the door and look up and down the street. Hardiman said the man was only trying to sell tickets to Mrs. Hardiman. Saw O'Mahoney come out of the hotel. Did not ask O'Mahoney or Mrs. Hardiman why he was on the promises. Mr. Carroll said that Mrs. Hardiman and O'Mahoney belonged to the same church and he wanted to sell her tickets for Monday night's concert.


John O'Mahoney, the defendant, deposed he lived in Bayswater street. On 15th ult. he went into the Clarence Hotel about 9 a.m. First spoke to Mrs. Hardiman's son, who was cleaning down the path. Said he had some tickets from Father Carroll. Witness was told to go in and see Mrs. Hardiman. Witness was not in the bar and did not have any drink. Mrs. Hardiman was at breakfast. He came out with Mrs. Hardiman and was speaking to her on the path. To Inspector McManamny: Witness also had several other people to deliver tickets to. The side door was open when witness got there. Did not go into the hotel for a drink and had none. To Mr: Carroll: The door was open when he went in and when he came out. The P.M.: There is a doubt, and we give you the benefit of it. You are discharged.


FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT. (1914, April 23). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning. Retrieved November 1, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74492721


Housebreaking and Stealing.

Shamrock Villa, the home of Mr. John O'Mahoney, labourer, Bayswater road, Kensington, was broken into on St. Patrick's Day. Jewellery, a Glad stone bag, and clothing, valued at £25, were stolen.


Housebreaking and Stealing. (1915, March 25). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 6 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved November 1, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74588209



Tuesday, March 30. Before Messrs. C. J. Cook (chairman), W. Slaw, J. Fehan and J. Mc Swiney, J.'sP.


Alleged Housebreaking. Charles Turnbull, a half-caste, was charged with feloniously entering and stealing from the house of John O'Mahoney, of Kensington. Sub-inspector Slattery prosecuted, and accused was undefended. Julia O'Mahoney, married woman, residing with her husband at "Sham rock Villa," Bayswater road, Kensington, deposed that on the 17th March she left the house securely locked up and went out. Returning a few hours later she found the wire wrenched off a window, which had also been forced open. The drawers in the bedroom had been turned out, the beds turned over, and the place generally ransacked. Missed two coats and vests, two pairs trousers, a Gladstone bag, pair of field-glasses, two hats, a silver watch and chain, and other articles, the whole valued at £20.


Witness identified a number of articles produced as those stolen on the date mentioned. Several articles of clothing and jewellery stolen were not among those produced. Detective John O'C. Brophy said that on the 23rd March accused was arrested at a lodging house in Exhibition street, Melbourne. Witness was accompanied by Detective E. Naphthine. Turnbull was wearing a pair of trousers which he admitted had been taken from a house at Kensington. A coat and vest in the room also came from the same place, said accused. At the detective office lie was searched, when several articles of jewellery which had just been identified by Mrs. O'Mahoney were found in his possession. He was also wearing a hat stolen from the premises. Turnbull said he had sold the Gladstone bag and put the watch and chain in a cistern at the rear of a city hotel, while other articles had been thrown away. He said "another fellow" had broken into the villa. Subsequently, a visit was paid to the Manchester Arms Ho tel, Bourke street, where a search of the cistern at the rear of the hostelry disclosed the whereabouts of the watch, chain and other articles of jewellery. Detective Elijah Napihthine corroborated the above evidence. When asked how he pleaded, Turnbull said he would plead not guilty and reserve his defence. Accused thereupon made a statement to the effect that on the date men toned he was accosted by a man near the Palace Hotel, who asked him for a match, and noticing that he was shabbily dressed, asked him if he want ed clothes. Accused replied in the affirmative, and after having a drink with the stranger he accompanied the latter to Kensington, where he waited   outside "Shamrock Villa" till the man referred to came out with a portman teau and gave him the clothes he was wearing when the police interviewed him, and the other articles alleged to have been stolen. Accused declared that he did not know the goods were stolen when they were given to him. Accused, who was reminded that he had nothing to gain by outlining his defence in a court of petty sessions, was committed to take his trial at the Supreme Court Criminal Sessions, commencing on April 15 next. Accused was further charged with feloniously entering the premises of Claude Scully at Coburg on the 22nd March, and was remanded to the City Court on the 7th April.


FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT. (1915, April 1). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved November 1, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74588296



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