On Remembrance Day, we take a moment to remember and reflect on the sacrifices of Australian servicemen and women.

Every year we create a series of wartime books to honour the memories of our fallen soldiers and to share their stories. These books aim to provide readers with an insight into our local wartime history. This year we have 3 books in our Boroondara Arts Shop.

North Balwyn RSL Sub-Branch: Remembering our members

Research and writing by Alicia Cerreto, Way Back When Consulting Historians

This book celebrates the past and present members of the North Balwyn RSL Sub-Branch and their commitment to the Australian defence forces in times of war and peace. Sharing photographs and brief profiles of the RSL members commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance at the North Balwyn RSL Memorial Hall, it highlights a wonderful legacy of welcoming, shared community and mateship. 

Boroondara Remembers: Stories of World War I

Winner of the ‘Local History Small Publication Award, Victorian Community History Awards 2015’, the book brings to life the stories of Boroondara families and individuals whose lives were irreversibly changed by WWI.

A lasting legacy and a valuable resource for future generations, it follows the Boroondara ANZACs and their passage to war and details life at the time on the Home Front

Annie’s War: The Story of One Boroondara Family’s Wartime Experience

Written by Lucy Bracey, this richly illustrated book was created by Council in 2019. It tells the story of a Boroondara family’s 1916 wartime experience and is based on real life letters between Annie Slade and her father, Edward Slade. It aims to give young readers a deeper understanding of the lasting impact of war on the wider community.

In 2020, Annie’s War was awarded the Victorian Community History Award Historical Interpretation Award, which recognises the most outstanding local history project presented in a unique format.

Where to buy the books

Each of these books tells the stories of local servicemen and women and their families. They can be borrowed from Boroondara’s libraries or bought as a keepsake through the Boroondara Arts Shop.