|Moonee Ponds Methodist Church, circa 1916. Courtesy of the McDonald family.|
This church was the centre of a busy social scene in the early 20th Century which is amply illustrated by the McDonald family photo collection which we are now privileged to see. The photos cover the Moonee Ponds Methodist Debating Society, the Moonee Ponds Methodist Cricket Club, the Wattle Club for boys, and various Sunday School picnics and tennis parties. If you go to the Time Travellers Church webpage, you will find a list of pages associated with the church. Many of the group photos have unknown faces in them, so if your relatives attended this church between 1916 and 1925 you might help us with identifying them.
The McDonald brothers Bert and Harold attended Essendon State School so there are now additional class photos, from 1902 to 1908, to the one mentioned in the post last Wednesday. The brothers played cricket for the Moonee Ponds Methodist church, but in the 1920s played in a premiership team for the North Essendon Methodist Church Cricket Club.
The elder brother Bert McDonald joined the AIF in 1917, but was discharged for medical reasons before embarkation. Several of his friends from the Wattle Club joined up, and the McDonald photo collection contains a handful of snaps of those young men, in particular Arthur Hutchison who played in the North Essendon Methodist Cricket Club; and Alec Hosking and Bill Heathershaw. Other friends who joined up are included in the photo of the the Moonee Ponds Methodist premiership cricket team of 1912-1913. Some of these have been identified, but others not.
|The junior Wattle Club, circa 1916.|