Open House Tour: Historic Houses of Kilmore – 8 Apr

Saturday 8 April, 2017

10am – 4pm

Ranging from humble, beautifully restored cottages to substantial large homes, five owners of historic houses in Kilmore have very generously opened their homes to the public.

Tickets: $15 person/$25 couple/family – available at the Old Courthouse, 4 Powlett Street from 9.45am – 3pm

Fundraiser for Kilmore Historical Society
www. kilmorehistory.info
kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Open House Flyer

Guest speaker 7 Mar 2017: Louise Joy – Dr. Ida Scudder, Christian Medical College, Vellore

COURTHOUSE_LOGO

KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY, 7 MARCH 2017

(RESCHEDULED)

DR IDA SCUDDER – AN AMAZING WOMAN 

Due to illness, our guest speaker for February 7th, Louise Joy, had to be postponed at the last moment. Fortunately our planned guest speaker for March 7th, Taylor Coombe, was able to stand in at short notice and we thank Taylor kicking off our first meeting of the year. For those who were looking forward to Louise’s talk, we are pleased to advise that it will now be presented at our March 7th meeting.

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Dr. Ida Scudder

Louise will be telling us of her experiences as a child of medical missionary parents in India at Vellore.   She has wonderful memories of Dr Ida Scudder who, in 1900,  founded the medical college to train Indian women as doctors – unbelievably to us, male doctors were not allowed to touch women.   Dr Scudder trained at Cornell University in the USA and then returned to India to impart her knowledge.

Vellore is now rated as the number one training college for doctors in North India.  Louise’s parents joined the staff at the College.   Her mother (Dr Edna Gault) worked in Skin, Venereal Diseases and Psychiatry;  her father Foundation Professor of Pathology and Dean of Men.

So a somewhat different emphasis than our usual speakers but it will be both interesting and entertaining.   Come and join us – everyone is welcome and supper follows the meeting.

A note for your diary – the Wallan Cemetery Tour, which was cancelled because of extremely wet weather late last year, will now be held at 5.30 pm on Saturday 18th March – and interesting twilight experience.  More later.

For any queries, please email  the Society at kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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Dr. Ida Scudder

Heritage Excursion: A walk through Wallan Wallan Cemetery, 18 Mar

DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES!

A WALK THROUGH WALLAN WALLAN CEMETERY

The Wallan Cemetery Tour, which was cancelled because of extremely wet weather late last year, will now be held at 5.30 pm on Saturday, 18 March 2017 – and interesting twilight experience.

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.

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: kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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

COURTHOUSE_LOGO

KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2016

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.

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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 : kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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
Secretary

For more details, please email Barbara at kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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

DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES!

A WALK THROUGH WALLAN WALLAN CEMETERY

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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 : kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Wallan Cemetery Tour

Anzac Day Service 2016 Kilmore War Memorial: Address by Grahame Thom

Last Monday, Kilmore Historical Society member Grahame Thom was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anzac Day Service held at the Kilmore War Memorial, For those who were unable to attend, Grahame’s address is reproduced here.

We are here today 101 years after Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. About 95 years ago this memorial was built to honour the sacrifice of 29 local men who died during World War One.

I would like to read out their names, but before doing that I need to explain that many local honour boards and memorials have errors, and this memorial is no different. So there are some differences between the names I will now read to you and those listed on two sides of this war memorial.

  • Francis Patrick Anderson born Kilmore, died aged 23 in Jun 1917
  • John Clifford Bowers born Kilmore, died aged 21 in Aug 1916
  • Dominick John Burgess born Woolongong, died aged 45 in Jan 1917
  • Colin Henry Cameron born Hawthorn, died aged 23 in Aug 1915
  • Richard Thomas Cooke born Pyalong, died aged 20 in Nov 1916
  • Samuel Ernest Crane born Kilmore, died aged 35 in Apr 1918
  • Joseph Matthew Crowley born Rutherglen, died aged 26 in Feb 1919
  • Charles William Dau/Dow born Wandong, died aged 32 in Jul 1918
  • Joseph Harold Durkin born Kilmore, died aged 24 in Nov 1917
  • Francis Dwyer/O’Dwyer born Kilmore, died aged 20 in Oct 1917
  • William Nicholson Fischer born Kilmore, died aged 34 in Oct 1917
  • James Joseph Freyne born Kilmore, died aged 20 in May 1917
  • John Hammond born Kilmore died aged 27 in May 1918 Claude
  • Henry Jackson born Sunbury, died aged 29 in Apr 1918
  • Albert Edward Knight born Tantaraboo, died aged 24 in Feb 1917
  • William Leahy DCM born Kilmore died aged 25 in Aug 1918
  • William Laughlin Looney born Campbellfield, died aged 19 in Jan 1917
  • William John Matthew born Warrnambool, died aged 25 in Aug 1915
  • Thomas de Courcey Meade born Kilmore, died aged 22 in Jul 1916
  • Philip Joseph McCahery born Kilmore, died aged 24 in Apr 1918
  • Cornelius Brian McDonald born Maffra, died aged 23 in Oct 1917
  • James Noble Robinson born Kangaroo Flat, died aged 34 in Aug 1916
  • Edward John Rule born Bendigo, died aged 32 in Jul 1916
  • Michael Francis Ryan born Broadmeadows, died aged 35 in Aug 1915
  • William Charles James Stute born Bylands, died aged 27 in Apr 1917
  • Hebert Valentine Shaw born England, died aged 27 in Mar 1917
  • Herbert Thomas Skehan born Kilmore, died age 28 in Sep 1917
  • Charles Wyndham Thomas born Korumburra, died aged 27 in Apr 1918
  • Charles Leslie Wickham born Milltown, died aged 26 in Apr 1917

Lest we forget.

There are two who served on Gallipoli.

Colin Henry Cameron enlisted in Kilmore in September 1914, and joined 8th Light Horse Regiment. He arrived on Gallipoli about 17 May 1915. Soon after being promoted to Squadron Sergeant Major, Colin was killed in action on 7 August 1915. His name is recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial.

Sergeant Michael Francis Ryan also known as Joseph McKinley, enlisted at Murwillumbah, NSW, in December 1914 in the 15th Battalion. He was on Gallipoli by May 1915, then spent time on Lemnos and in Egypt with an “injured ear” before returning to Gallipoli in late July 1915. He was killed in action on 8 August 1915 and his name is recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial.

As we are on the corner of Skehan Place, named after prominent Kilmore resident Patrick Skehan, it is appropriate to say a few words about his son Herbert Thomas Skehan. Herbert was dux of Assumption College in 1909. He worked in Melbourne as a clerk before enlisting in July 1915 in 29th Battalion. He sailed to Egypt then to the western front. On 26 September 1917 the 29th Battalion was part of an attack, later named the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium. Herbert died in action on that day.

As could be expected our research to date has revealed two more soldiers who have strong links to Kilmore and who died on active service. Perhaps their names could be inscribed on this memorial.

Thomas Vincent Hunt was the nephew of Thomas Hunt, editor and owner of the Kilmore Free Press for over 60 years. Tom was born in Kilmore in 1869 and aged 43 years he joined the 31st Battalion in July 1915 on its way to the Western Front where he was killed in action in July 1916.

George Francis Lloyd was born in Kilmore in 1895. He enlisted in March 1916 with the 3rd Division Service Corps and was shipped to France. Soon after being promoted to Company Sergeant Major he died at the 1st Australian Casualty Clearance Station on the western front in January 1917.

Well over 250 men and women volunteered for active service during World War One from Kilmore and District. We hope to write profiles on as many as possible.

We will remember them.