Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Trove Tuesday - Egg Day

Often I will do a quick search of Trove using names from my family history.  I searched this time using my maternal grandmother's name, Daisy MORGAN. (1908-1998)
Daisy grew up in Moyhu, Victoria.

Never having heard of "Egg Day" before I continued with a couple of searches to find an explanation.  It seems to have been a popular form of donating to hospitals.  There are a lot of article in the newspaper archives of Trove about Egg Day but I couldn't find its history or origins.

During WW1 a National Egg Collection began in England.  The donated eggs were sent to army hospitals in England, France and Belgium.

Picture from the WW1 Centenary website

The National Egg Collection for Wounded Soldiers and Sailors 1914-1918

The National Egg Collection was launched in November 1914 following proposals put forward by Frederick Carl, the editor of Poultry World. The aim initially was to provide 20,000 newly-laid eggs a week to the wounded in hospital in Boulogne. However, very soon the organisation began to aim even higher.............. Read more


  1. Very Interesting Kerryn. I hadn't heard about egg day previously.

    I have been reading your blogs for some time but have not noticed any reference to Dan Morgan (the bushranger). He was from the Moyhu area too. Is he one of your relatives?

    1. Hi Sharon, Dan Morgan isn't connected although I think a bit of teasing went on amongst family members. Mad Dan Morgan was apparently born John FULLER. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/morgan-daniel-dan-13109