Identifying the Brick Makers

After our last General Meeting Brian Clancy left some bricks for our collection. These are stamped with the initials of the brick makers. Unfortunately there are few records of the names of Kilmore’s brick makers, and we are left to guess at the names behind the initials. Does anyone have any idea of the names of these individuals?



JL (or JI)

Illegible – is the first letter an ‘M’

CM and JP – evidently a partnership


A Message Of Thanks

It’s always nice to know that our work here is appreciated. Barbara Wilson recently received an email of thanks from someone who had requested family history research. To give credit where credit is due, much of the actual research was done by Vin O’Donoghue.

Attention : Barbara Wilson

My name is John from Hoppers Crossing and I was recently
assisted with some Family History on the Young family
at KHS centre. This was a very enthusiastic and rewarding session.

At the end of last week I received some additional information on the
Youngs in the mail —- BDMs, rates, and extracts from the Kilmore Free

Barbara, I wish to pass on my thanks to you ( and the researcher?) for
this bonus. Added to the first data it broadens the story of the Young
Family together with details regarding their residence etc.

With much appreciation and Best wishes.

May Meeting – “Tales From the Wells”

Brian Clancy gave a very interesting talk on the history of the wells of the Kilmore area, accompanied by slides and samples of brickwork. Brian has a particular interest in the brick makers of the Kilmore area and which of them was responsible for producing the bricks that went into the manufacture of these wells.

This picture shows Grahame Thom, acting President for the evening, and Brian, in the Old Post Office after the talk.

There will be no meetings for the next three months of winter: our next meeting will be the AGM in September.

May Meeting 4 May

KHS will hold its May General Meeting with a guest speaker on 4 May, at 7:30 PM in the Old Post Office, 2 Powlett Street.

The speaker will be Brian Clancy, and the title of the talk will be ‘Tales from the Wells’ – Brian has been researching the wells of Kilmore. We tend to forget how important water supply was in the days of early settlement. Even the site of Kilmore itself was chosen because of proximity to the creek.

The meeting will as usual be followed by supper and a chance to mingle. All are welcome.

Reminder – General Meeting Tonight

Tonight (Tuesday April 6th) we will have a General Meeting with a guest speaker from Broadford Historical Society, who will be speaking on the history of the Broadford Paper Mill. The meeting will be at the Old Kilmore Post Office, 2 Powlett Street, and will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be followed by supper and a chance to mingle.

Ever wonder what this object in the main street of Broadford is ? It is a paper processing unit from the factory

Updated Microfilm List

Barbara Wilson recently updated our listing of microfilm holdings.

We have:

Kilmore Advertiser 1874 – 1934

Kilmore Free Press 1865 – 1970 and 1991 – 1994

‘Digging Papers inc Kilmore Standard of Freedom’ May 21st – July 1855

The Examiner and Kilmore and McIvor Weekly Journal March 1856 – Dec 1856

Note that this is our holdings on microfilm only and does not include either physical newspaper copies or microfiche. A complete catalogue of these may appear later.


The Historical Society has made the decision to discontinue the use of our Post Office box. We now have a street address (2 Powlett Street Kilmore) which can be used for ordinary mail, and in any case most of our communications are now made through the Internet. We hope this does not cause any inconvenience.

april general meeting

Our next General Meeting with a guest speaker will be held on Tuesday 6 April at 7:30 pm, at the Old Kilmore Post Office at 2 Powlett Street.

The Broadford Historical Society will be presenting, with the aid of a DVD titled “A History of the Broadford Paper Mill”, which will be shown. Produced by Graham Neill for the Broadford & District Historical Society it received a Commendation at the Victorian Community History Awards.

The Mill was founded in 1890 and was the only strawboard mill in the British Empire. The DVD contains both video and photographic images tracing the history of the mill over the years.

All welcome. Please join us for supper after the presentation. Enquiries :