Not long after the Great War commenced, communities had already began to hold concerts and events to raise money for the 'war effort'. Here are reports about three early concerts - one held at Berwick on August 26, 1914; Tonimbuk on October 3, 1914 and the other held at Koo-Wee-Rup on October 30, 1914. These reports are of interest for a number of reasons - firstly they show how quickly small towns were to support the 'war effort.' Secondly, the reports provide an interesting snapshot of the social life of small towns at the time - who was involved and what songs and music were presented. Finally, they are interesting from a family history point of view - perhaps one of your ancestors or relatives were involved in the concerts.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal September 3. 1914
Bunyip Free Press October 8, 1914
South Bourke and Mornington Journal November 5, 1914