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Captain at Gallipoli – Herbert Humphreys Hunter

Born in Bendigo on 18 November 1881, Herbert Humphreys Hunter was educated at Caulfield Grammar School before completing his final year of schooling at Melbourne Grammar School. He was an outstanding schoolboy athlete, who later won a double blue in football and athletics while studying at the University of Melbourne. After gaining a qualification in dentistry from Melbourne, he continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Doctor of Dentistry from that university in 1906. He was registered to practice dentistry in the State of Victoria in December 1907 and opened a surgery in Bendigo in 1908. Herbert Hunter made his VFL debut for Essendon in 1900 while still at Melbourne Grammar. His first game was in Round 4 against Collingwood and he played the following two games...

A Mysterious Suitcase

A couple of years ago, a water pipe burst in the roof of Morcom House causing damage to the ceiling. On the face of it, this was a fairly straightforward job of plumbing and plastering…but it uncovered a mystery. Found in the roof was a suitcase. Aside from being rather dirty and with corroded metalwork, it was a high quality case in reasonably good condition. It was also empty save for a piece of red ribbon fastened with drawing pins to the inside of the lid in the shape of the Star of David. On the outside of the lid was the name BICKERTON in black letters about five centimeters in height. In 1919, a young lad, Hugh Geoffrey Bickerton, was enrolled on his sixth birthday at Caulfield Grammar School to start the following year. He had been born in Brisbane at Eagle Junction on 12 Sep...