These newspapers provide a rich source of information about how our communities lived during the Great War - from reports about how communities raised funds for the War effort, names of soldiers who enlisted, reports about welcome home functions to reports about the erection of Honour Boards and other memorials.
Here's a list of the papers which covered the Casey Cardinia region:
Berwick Shire News
Bunyip Free Press
Lang Lang Guardian
Reporter (Box Hill - covered news from the Shire of Fern Tree Gully which Emerald was part of)
South Bourke and Mornington Journal
West Gippsland Gazette
The Age and The Argus, the two state wide dailies, plus the Weekly Times also include local news.
Here are some early reports on the War from the local papers.
This is from the South Bourke and Mornington Journal from August 6, 1914.
Editorial from the West Gippsland Gazette August 11, 1914
Finally, just to show that for some businesses, a war is a just another marketing opportunity, here's a great advertisement form the Bunyip Free Press!
Bunyip Free Press August 6. 1914.