The Grave of James Tinker

James Tinker was born at Warrnambool in 1886, to Francis (Frank) Tinker and Jessie McKay. He married Agnes Howe in 1904 and had two children. The war came and James enlisted on August 16, 1915. A Gunner, service number 9332, with the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade. His service record is available at this link here to browse or download at the National Archives of Australia. He first went to the AIF Camp at Tel El Kiber in Egypt before heading to Alexandra and then on to France. On September 19, 1917, James was wounded in action in Belgium, but he remained on duty. Ten days later on September 29, he was killed in action. His grave, as pictured, is located at the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery in Belgium. If you are related to James, then this photograph is for your use. If you would like the unedited full sized image, please follow the link to download it from the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 3744 x 5308, 56.9m).

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GMCT’s New Deceased Search

gmct0GMCT (Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) has upgraded their deceased search with new mapping. I’d have to say that it’s quite an improvement on what it was. Especially now that it works with the Firefox browser. Even more so with the inclusion (finally!) of the Preston General Cemetery. Another new addition is the Footscray Cemetery, which the Trust recently took over.

Like the SMCT (Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) search, GMCT also now requires you to click to confirm you have read and accept the terms and conditions. If you don’t click, you can’t search. My view is that it’s not necessary. Just the links to the terms and conditions would be adequate. I find it annoying.

gmct1The mapping itself looks good. You can even search from within the mapping system for someone else and the map is highly detailed. I had wondered why the main search results up until the upgrade had lost the service date column, but you’ll find the service date (if in the system) with the deceased details in the right side bar of the mapping page. You can also print or export the map result. Furthermore, you can also export the deceased persons details on the right side bar to an Microsoft Excel based CVS file. Click the images above or below to open full sized in a new tab.

gmct2I’d have to say that GMCT has scored very well with this upgrade. Here is the link to the GMCT search page.

Grave Damage at Preston

This was news that didn’t make the news when Reservoir and other suburbs in Melbourne were hit by a severe storm on the night of the 30 January 2016. Reservoir was one of the hardest hit in terms of the damage, but there was another area hit by what could only be described as something close to a powerful mini tornado. The Preston General Cemetery was where it struck.  It was reported on the GMCT (Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) website on 2 February 2016. Click here for their report and photos. It turned a large metal skip upside down (that would take a lot of force), followed by the uprooting of a whole tree that fell across a number graves. Here’s some photos I took in March.