Guest Speaker 8 Nov: Allan Wilson – The Wilsons of Darraweit Guim



In keeping with its excellent program of guest speakers at General Meetings, the Kilmore Historical Society is pleased to welcome Allan Wilson to its next meeting on Tuesday 8th November at 7.30 pm in the Kilmore Courthouse.

Allan is a descendant of George Wilson who purchased land from The Crown at Darraweit Guim in 1857. He subsequently acquired all the land east of Deep Creek and No 3 Creek at Darraweit and called the property initially Rutherglen. It was changed to Ruglen because of confusion with the town of Rutherglen in northern Victoria.


He is also descended from Cornelius and Mary Ann Francis who built the Darraweit Guim store in 1864. Mary Ann continued to run the store for 47 years after the drowning of her husband in Deep Creek in 1870.

Allan, who currently lives in Shepparton, has published the early history of the Wilson family “The George Wilsons of Darraweit Guim”.

Everyone is welcome to the meeting which is our last general meeting for 2016. Supper will be served following the meeting.

Note that this is the second Tuesday in the month – altered because of the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday.

Further information :

Excursion: A Stroll to Flagstaff Hill, Melbourne, 18 November 2016

In the past the Society has organised at least one excursion/walk into the city of Melbourne which have been quite popular and have included the Golden Mile Walks of the east and west ends of the city, and also guided tours of the Melbourne General Cemetery.

This year through the RHSV we have organised a tour of Flagstaff Gardens – the historic heart of Melbourne. Learn about its place in Melbourne’s topography and pre-European history. Discover secrets of its early role as a burial ground, flagstaff signalling station and magnetic and meteorological observatory.

Duration : approximately one hour.

Degree of difficulty : will involve walking up and down slopes and stairs.

Date : Friday 18th November

Time : 11 am – meeting place to be advised

Cost : gold coin donation.

Numbers are limited to 20 people.

If you are interested please let me know asap.

Barbara Wilson

For more details, please email Barbara at

Heritage Excursion: A walk through Wallan Wallan Cemetery, 22 Oct




To celebrate History Week (16-23 October) the Kilmore Historical Society is conducting a walking tour  through the Wallan General Cemetery, Queen Street, Wallan,  on Saturday 22nd October at 1.30 pm.

The first burial in the cemetery took place in 1858 so there are many headstones that date back to the 1860s – and each has a story to tell of families long gone.

Names such as Budd, Sinclair, Laffan, McLeod, Sutherland, McNaughton and many more are synonymous with the history of this once small hamlet on the Sydney Road.

Everyone is welcome;  no charge for members and a $5 charge for non members.

Please dress appropriately for the weather – it may be winter and it may be spring!  Suitable footwear, hat or beanie, and maybe sunglasses.

Remember to respect the fact that there are many unmarked graves in the Cemetery as well as those marked by headstones.

For further information or to register your interest email :

Wallan Cemetery Tour