The former City of Essendon includes Ascot Vale, Essendon, Flemington and Moonee Ponds. Contents include: Place names: Doutta Galla and Jika Jika, Moonee Ponds p3. Land sales p4. Place name: Essendon p9. Aborigines p12. Gold seekers p14. Mount Alexander Road p14. Local government p20. Mechanics' institute p37. Town Hall p39. Roads p42. Omnibuses, coaches p45. Bicycles p46. Tolls p48. Railways p49. Trams, tramways p54. Divisions and sub-divisions, estates p64. Hotels p65. 1880s land boom p69. Moonee Ponds and Puckle Street p78. Shopping p78. Barrie Humphries and Dame Edna Everidge p80. Entertainment, recreation p84. Cinemas and theatres p86. Fires and fire brigade p90. Chinese p93. Maribyrnong River p94. Goats p100. Queen's Park p102. War and Depression p109. Churches and religion p117. Schools and education p122. Essendon and District Memorial Hospital p127. Showgrounds p129. Essendon Airport p131. Politics p134. Sport p136. Football p136. Horse racing, Moonee Valley Racecourse p141. John Wren and the Ascot Track p142. Essendon Harriers p145. Rowing Club p147. Full index available on library computers.