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    Default WW1 Binoculars attributed to Lt Col Ernest Arthur Kendall

    I bought these binoculars last week. They belonged to Lt Col Ernest Arthur Kendall


    His eldest son Ernest was born on 30 August 1876 at Ambleside, Westmorland, England, and was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, the Melbourne Veterinary College whose teaching staff he joined in 1897, and the University of Melbourne (B.V.Sc., 1911) where he was a temporary lecturer in veterinary medicine and obstetrics in 1909-10. In 1901 he joined the public service as a veterinary officer in the Department of Agriculture, becoming assistant chief veterinary officer in 1908. On 9 February 1910 he married Alma Cresswell Connelly at All Saints Pro-Cathedral, Bendigo.

    Kendall was keenly interested in the volunteer forces of Victoria. Joining the Victorian Mounted Rifles as a private in April 1897, he was commissioned captain in the Australian Army Veterinary Corps and as veterinary officer, Victorian Mounted Rifles, in October. During the South African War he was responsible for the creation and organization of the veterinary section of the 5th Victorian contingent, 1st Australian Regiment, and saw active service. Promoted major, A.A.V.C., in January 1904, he was appointed principal veterinary officer, 3rd Military District, in April. In November 1913 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel.

    On the outbreak of World War I Kendall became acting director of veterinary services in the central administration; in October 1915 he joined the Australian Imperial Force as lieutenant-colonel and senior veterinary officer, 2nd Australian Remount Unit. He served in Egypt and France. Promoted deputy director of veterinary services and temporary colonel in February 1916 (confirmed in February 1918), he was mentioned in dispatches and appointed C.M.G. in December 1917. He returned to Australia in 1919.

    Resuming his career in the Department of Agriculture, Kendall succeeded W. A. N. Robertson as chief veterinary officer in August 1926. After considerable criticism of the Melbourne milk supply, in 1933 Kendall chaired an investigating committee and as first chairman of the resulting Milk Board made his outstanding contribution as a public servant in Victoria.

    Kendall helped to form the Veterinary Association of Victoria in 1913, was secretary until 1924 and president in 1928 and 1929. A leading Freemason, he enjoyed golf and gardening. He died at North Brighton of coronary vascular disease on 21 March 1938 and was buried in Melbourne general cemetery, survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.


    The seller had 2 binoculars, the others had his name engraved on the case. These ones dont have a makers mark, but when you wind them out, "military model" is professionally engraved on them. From the limited amount of information available, there was a major shortage of binoculars in ww1 and the army took donations from the civilian population. As these are not high powered, I am presuming this is the case with these ones.







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    Anyone else ? I am seeing them fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanity View Post
    Anyone else ? I am seeing them fine.
    I can't either. Are you using the binoculars?

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    XCRUISER HDSR600HD twin sat and terrestrial receiver $OOS *
    XCRUISER HDSR385 Avant - sold out$OOS UltraPlus DVB-T and DVB-S2 tuners $49 Remotes $OOS

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    Last edited by LeroyPatrol; 23-07-12 at 10:41 AM.
    XCRUISER HDSR600HD twin sat and terrestrial receiver $OOS *
    XCRUISER HDSR385 Avant - sold out$OOS UltraPlus DVB-T and DVB-S2 tuners $49 Remotes $OOS

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    Interesting....I just switched from Chrome to IE and only 1 of the 3 works..weird shit. Will reupload them.

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    How about now ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanity View Post
    How about now ?
    Roger that, using FF.

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    XCRUISER HDSR600HD twin sat and terrestrial receiver $OOS *
    XCRUISER HDSR385 Avant - sold out$OOS UltraPlus DVB-T and DVB-S2 tuners $49 Remotes $OOS

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    confirmed working now

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    can I be rude and ask what you paid?

    I picked up a pair years ago and never really knew how old they were. Just thought they'd look good with my folding camera collection. Don't have the case though.

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    A bit over $100

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    i got a pair last year fo 10 bux, they did not know what they had, like these ones but better nik and marked 1916. They are a lovely thing to own, mine have a name on them as well, J.Hall 10th GH. Always makes me wonder what was seen in them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanity View Post
    A bit over $100
    Nice pick up, especially with the case.
    Will always be one of those talking points

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozchips View Post
    i got a pair last year fo 10 bux, they did not know what they had, like these ones but better nik and marked 1916. They are a lovely thing to own, mine have a name on them as well, J.Hall 10th GH. Always makes me wonder what was seen in them
    At a guess (and with a little research) I would say they were issued to the British Army. GH would stand for General Hospital, in Australia we generally referred to them as AGH ( Australian General Hospital). The 10th AGH was in the UK, before being broken up. A search of J Hall through Australian Embarkation records shows only 2 possible candidates in AGH's, one of which was a female nurse and neither were with 10th AGH at any stage according to their files.

    So possibly British, though if I can find anymore about where 10 AGH staff were sent I might be able to find a link to one of these people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanity View Post
    Anyone else ? I am seeing them fine.

    they look fine to me np

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    Nice find, nice piece of history there.

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    thanks for the info mate, I will have a closer look as there is some scratch marks which I have never tried to decipher

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozchips View Post
    thanks for the info mate, I will have a closer look as there is some scratch marks which I have never tried to decipher
    Yeah, post any further info up mate, always happy to have a look at unlocking a mystery

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    ok can make out the scratchings a little, it simply says Jack. also in the bottom of the case is 10th batt gr , but i cannot make out the rest as the ink is smudged and faded on the leather from where the binoculars sat

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    Ok , sounds like we can ditch the General Hospital if we have the words 10 Battalion. Will go and do some looking.

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