Spreading Branches

Spreading Branches is published quarterly in digital and hard copy and sent to members and other interested groups and organisations. Issues can be browsed from here.


*where ever possible we’ve made the index to the book available to download as a pdf file.

Kindred Spirits:
20 Years of the Narre Warren & District Family History Group 1989-2009

$25.00 plus $13.80 postage & handling

Early Settlers of the Casey Cardinia District

Early Settlers of the Casey Cardinia District cover imageEarly Settlers of the Casey Cardinia District (published 2010) is a 274 page book complete with index to people, properties and ships; plus a bibliography. There are over 300 entries containing birth, death and marriage information for individuals and families, many of which were submitted by descendants of those people and include photographs not published elsewhere. In many cases detailed biographies have been written by descendants or compiled by the family history group, giving an insight into the early days of many Casey Cardinia families and individuals.

Early Settlers of the Casey Cardinia District Index

$30.00 plus $13.80 postage & handling

Pakenham Cemetery Tour 2011

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$10.00 plus $8.00 postage & handling

Cranbourne Cemetery Tour 2012

$10.00 plus $8.00 postage & handling

Lang Lang Cemetery Tour 2013

$10.00 plus $8.00 postage & handling

Berwick Cemetery Tour 2014

$15.00 plus $8.00 postage & handling

Pakenham Cemetery Tour 2015
Indomitable Women: Celebrating 150 years of Pakenham Cemetery

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Indomitable Women index

$15.00 plus $8.00 postage & handling





Harkaway Cemetery Tour 2016
Ordinary people, interesting lives: a walk in historic Harkaway Cemetery

$15.00 plus $8.00 postage & handling







100 men, 100 years: a World War 1 Walk in Berwick Cemetery

100 men, 100 years cover100 men, 100 years a World War 1 Walk in Berwick Cemetery (published 2015) examines the cemetery’s connections with the Great War. Our stories embrace 100 men from over 70 families – all linked to Berwick Cemetery and the community it served.

Twenty-eight men did not return, they are still in France, Gallipoli, Belgium, Malta, Palestine, at sea and 6 have no known grave. For over 70 years Brigadier General Cecil Henry Foott has lain in an unmarked grave at Berwick Cemetery until the Narre Warren & District Family History Group, the Berwick RSL, the Berwick and Harkaway Cemeteries Trust and Cameo Memorials of Dandenong joined forces to place a headstone at the grave.

Men of all ages enlisted, the youngest were two 16 year olds, the oldest was 56 year old Private Pringle who told the Army he was 44 and got away with it. Twenty-seven sets of brothers, one father and his two sons and men who enlisted on the same day with consecutive service numbers all have fascinating stories to be told.

Our soldiers were mentioned in despatches and received awards and medals. They served as troopers, gunners, sappers, drivers, bombardiers, signallers and shoeing smiths. Eight of the soldiers married overseas and brought wives home with them. Those who returned led varied lives and fortune smiled more favourably on some than it did on others.

Index to 100 men, 100 years

$20.00 plus $13.80 postage & handling


Sacrifice and Patriotism: a World War 1 Walk in Pakenham Cemetery

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Our new book tells the stories of 64 families who watched and supported 120 men and one woman as they enlisted.
24 families sent two or more sons to the Front, three of
these families sent four or more sons.
Thirty men died on active service; eighteen men died in
France, one at Gallipoli, eight in Belgium, two in Egypt and one in England. Fifty four were wounded, eight of them multiple times.
This book tells the stories of 23 sets of brothers, a father and his son, a nurse and a sailor along with two Indigenous soldiers.
Soldiers who are recipients of awards, soldiers who served as troopers,
gunners, sappers, drivers, and signallers; in the Light Horse, Pioneers, Railway Unit, Anzac Police and Provost Corps and in the Cyclist Battalion.
Two soldiers endured the hardship of being prisoners of war, one in Germany, the other in
Turkey. Six of the soldiers returned home with English wives and two also with a child.
Those who returned had many and varied experiences during their service and upon their
return, 16 took up soldier settlement blocks and 11 would re-enlist in the Second World War. They are all remembered forever as ANZACs men of the 1st Australian Imperial Force.

$20.00 plus $13.80 postage & handling


For some the bell tolled: a World War 1 Walk in Harkaway Cemetery (plus Harkaway Avenue of Honour)

This book tells the stories of 36 families of Harkaway who  watched, waited and pined for the 66 men and 2 women who
enlisted and tried to make it safely back to home. Ten did not return.
Most of the men served in the infantry across 18 battalions
predominately in the 14th, 21st, 24th and the 59th. Four local lads served in the Light Horse, 3 in the Pioneers, 3 in the 4th Field
Ambulance, 6 in the Machine Gun or artillery units. 1 soldier served with the Tropical Force in New Guinea until 1920.
Two were awarded the MM (Military Medal) and 1 was awarded the MSM (Meritorious Service Medal) and 1 the DSO (Distinguished Service Order).
Others were mentioned in dispatches.
For some the bell tolled: a World War 1 Walk in
Harkaway Cemetery (plus Avenue of Honour)

$20.00 + $13.80 postage & handling



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