Kilmore on the Sydney road by Maya V. Tucker
Hardback, 290 pages, published in 1988 by the Shire of Kilmore
Kilmore on the Sydney road is the story of a small country village, borough and Shire in Victoria. It is also a tribute to the pioneers who settled the district and struggled courageously to tame the land and give their children a better life than that provided by England, Ireland or Scotland.
How the pioneers built Victoria’s oldest inland town is entertainingly outlined in this book, from Hume and Hovell’s 1824 explorations to today’s development of a desirable rural environment close to Melbourne. Just some of the families remembered here include the Beveridges, Bossences, Butlers, Castles, Clancys, Crossleys, Drurys, Goods, Hudsons, Hunts, Kinnears, Meades, O’Donoghues, O’Dwyers, Smeatons, Stills, Stimsons, Sugdens, Taylors, and Trainors.
Since its beginnings as a sheep run in 1837 and William Rutledge’s Special Survey in 1841, Kilmore Shire has seen a gold rush boom as an early service town, rivalry between townsfolk and farmers, sectarianism which became increasingly hurtful during the Great War and the 1920s, its main street becoming the Hume Highway in 1,924, the Hume Freeway bypass creating explosive growth as a dormitory suburb, and the durability of regional institutions such as the Hospital and Assumption College. – Dust Jacket
Kilmore on the Sydney road by Maya V. Tucker was commissioned by the former Shire of Kilmore to mark its 150 years of history. It was published in 1988 during Australia’s Bicentennial year.
Postage within Australia $18
To obtain a copy of this book you can download the order form and send payment to:
Kilmore Historical Society,
P. O. Box 206,
Kilmore, Victoria, 3764
or visit the old Kilmore Courthouse, Tuesdays, 10 am – 3 pm.