A plaque unveiling was held for Sister Leah Rosenthal QAIMNSR, MM, ARRC was held on Sunday 16th May 2021, everyone enjoyed a cuppa before we walked to where Leah lies resting.
Our President, Malcolm Gray welcomed everyone. Jane Annois spoke about her Great Great Aunt where we reflected on her bravery and extraordinary work that she did in the first World War and at Vimy House.
Jane together with her sister Kathy and brother Richard unveiled Leah’s plaque.
Leah was born in 1879 to Joseph Rosenthal and his wife Martha née Avinski. She graduated as a nurse at the Alfred Hospital in 1904 and continued her nursing career there until 1910 when she & Belle Jobson took over the running of Windarra Private Hospital in Toorak. Leah in her fourth year of active service with the Army at Flanders was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal. On more than one occasion she had been recommended for honours by her commanding Officer and matron for heroic conduct at casualty stations under shell fire. Leah was attached to the first casualty station and travelled around France where she saw many atrocities. When Leah returned to Australia she and her friend Belle bought an existing Private Hospital in Queens Road, overlooking Albert Park Lake, which they named Vimy House. And ran for 10 years until her death on 4 October 1930 and was buried with her sister Fanny – Jewish H Graves 86 & 87
Born – 16 January 1835 – Paderborn, Germany
Died – 16 September 1912 – Elwood
Gold prospector, drover, farmer and one of the last surviving members of the Burke and Wills Expedition to die.
When Burke set out from Cooper’s Creek with a bare 3 months supplies on his ‘dash’ to the Gulf of Carpentaria, he left William in charge of the camp.
After waiting more than four months, and with his own supplies running low, he finally decided to abandon the camp on 21 April 1861, leaving the “DIG” tree on Cooper’s Creek
Our Guest Speaker – Dr Douglas McCann gave a very informative talk which was enjoyed by all.
The plaque was unveiled by David Brahe, the great grandson of William
Refreshments were served on and around the verandah of the Lodge.
OUR OCTOBER WALKS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TILL 2022
AGM & CHRISTMAS LUNCH – December 5th 2021
Venue: The Camden Hotel – 414 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South in the Upstairs Function Room
**best option for finding us is to enter via Hawthorn Road
11.45 for at 12.15 start – before coming upstairs can you please order and pay for your meals
12:15 pm AGM Commences
1pm our Guest Speaker Dr Rosemary Francis will talk about her Gagliardi family history, Ferdinando Gagliardi was a Cataloguer of the National Library in Melbourne.
1.30 lunch to be served
October 10th: Sporting People Overcoming adversity to achieve. The sportsmen and women of the cemetery at 2pm – this walk will begin at the front gate on North Rd
For many the dream begins at an early age and over many years the commitment to be the best in their chosen sport drives them onwards. For many their dream will become a reality but for some it will never be. On this walk we meet John Stanley Nicholes who became a weightlifting champion before he became a major pioneer of the application of weight training and conditioning of athletes around the world. Charles Lawrence who as Captain Coach took the first Aboriginal Cricket team to England in 1868. Richard Henry Whitecross whose dream it was to become a Professional Golfer didn’t eventuate and Jennifer Anne Zeffert was a gifted junior swimmer representing Victoria in the Australian Championships. Join us to hear about these and other amazing sportspersons who are buried at the Brighton Cemetery.
24 October: Boyd Family Walk – 2pm – meet at the top gate on Hawthorn Road
This walk is a walk of a difference with a Boyd family member who will talk about the amazing Boyd Dynasty and their connection to other artists who are also buried at the Brighton Cemetery
14 November: Remembrance Day Walk
5 December Christmas Lunch
We are also planning on a Plaque unveiling for the Furnell Brothers and Linda Phillips
Non Denominational D