David Kennedy Galbraith.

David Kennedy Tener Galbraith was born in Bendigo in October 1896.

He was living in Heathcote when he was one of nine candidates to pass the entrance exam into Victorian School of Forestry (VSF) at Creswick in April 1913.

David is not listed as having graduated from the school, but his name is on the VSF honour board.

Forestry mustn’t have been his calling because David is then listed in the McIvor Times newspaper as transferring from the Bendigo Branch of the Bank of Australasia to Charlton in December 1914.

David joined the AIF on 4 December 1915 when he was 19 and left Australia a few months later on the 20 May 1916.

He puts his occupation as a bank clerk on his enlistment papers rather than a forester.

He served as a gunner (#22932) with the 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade in both France and Belgium and was gassed.  

He returned in June 1919 and lived in Melbourne.

And just like Frederick Weichardt, David’s name doesn’t appear on the State Forest Department honour board held at Beechworth.

However, there are a number newspaper reports in 1934 of a David Kennedy Galbraith, aged 37, a bank clerk from Numurkah, married with two children, and a war veteran, pleading guilty to fraud of £36/2. This was a lot of money during the depression when average weekly wages were about £5 per week. David was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour.

David Kennedy Galbraith died in Heidelberg in 1974.



David Galbraith and Reginald Hall are listed at Heathcote PS.

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