World War 1 Avenue of Honour (35 trees)
Booroopki, West Wimmera, Victoria, Australia
McDONALD, Joseph William Stephen 'Willie'
Tree No 26, planted 28 August, 1918
Photograph (at right) - Notes from Daryl Crabtree.
On the back of Willie McDonald's photo it says "To Irene with best love from Willie McDonald". The photo appears to have been taken in Bendigo. It has the studio's name, which I can't read, and the words "Pall Mall Bendigo"
West Wimmera Mail - Friday, January 25th, 1918
WELCOME HOME TO A SOLDIER, PTE. J. W. S. McDONALD On Thursday evening last, 17th inst; about 100 friends of Pte. J.W.S. McDONALD, 38th Battalion, assembled at Booroopki to give that young hero a hearty welcome home, he having been invalided home with a disabled arm. After dancing had been indulged in for a time and a few vocal items had been rendered, the National Anthem was sung and a sumptuous spread provided by the ladies was partaken of, after which Mr P.J. LAVERY, chairman of the Booroopki Welcome Socials Committee, explained the object of the gathering. He had been pleased in extending a very hearty welcome to Pte. McDONALD and he knew that was the feeling of all. When they met to say goodbye to Pte. McDONALD about 18 months ago, he (the chairman) predicted that he would come back to them a General, but owing to his being wounded, he did not get the opportunity. However he had received his wounds honorably while fighting for the good cause, and they all admired him for it. Personally, he had known Pte. McDONALD for a long time, and always considered him a very fine young fellow, and a boy whom his parents should feel very proud of, as he knew they did, and he could quite understand their joy on his return. He (Chairman) trusted that their guest would soon be quite recovered; but if he were not able to again take his one-time place in life, he hoped that the repatriation scheme or some other scheme would be utilised in giving Pte. McDONALD and our other brave disabled warriors all the assistance they required. (applause) Other speakers who spoke eulogistically of Pte. McDONALD, and expressed their pleasure in having the opportunity of welcoming him back to Booroopki, were Messrs, F.A. CRABTREE, L.A. BULL, D.J. CRABTREE, P. McCARTHY, D.J. CRABTREE Jnr. and D. CARRACHER.
The tree in honour of Joseph William Stephen 'Willie' McDONALD was planted by Mr F. SCHUMANN.
Willie McDONALD appears to be a member of the following family group:
Hector McDONALD 1864-1949 & Catherine Shaw STEPHENS 1869-1936
Hector McDONALD, born c1864 Edenhope, Vic, son of Hector McDONALD and jane ROSS was married in 1895 to Catherine Shaw STEPHENS, born c1869, Naracoorte, SA, daughter of Joseph William STEPHENS and Marion / Sarah SHAW. Hector and Catherine McDONALD are buried in the Apsley cemetery.
The family of Hector McDONALD and Catherine STEPHENS appears to be:
Compiled by :
Daryl Crabtree & Daryl Povey : Click to EMAIL