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

Three Old Photos of Post Office

Grahame Thom has been looking through the National Archives Collection and has found three old photographs of the Post Office which we had not previously seen.

Two are dated 1987, although the cars in the pictures do look a little older- perhaps Kilmore residents simply drove older cars! The other shows the gable end of the Cobb and Co stables, which Brian Clancy recalls being demolished in the early 1950’s, which provides a minimum date for the image.

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 :

corporal Joseph Harold Durkin

Corporal Joseph Harold Durkin was a Kilmore resident who enlisted for the First World War. There is a biography of Durkin on this website. His story is a tragic one in that he was murdered during his time in the armed services by a fellow soldier, who was executed for the crime.

He was the grandson of Bart Durkin, a local farmer with strong connections to St Pats Church, and the son of another Bart Durkin, who worked as a tailor in Kilmore.

We have been contacted by a UK historian who is interested in compiling a book on the Brookwood murders, Brookwood being the scene of J H Durkin’s death. He is particularly interested in photographs. We have no knowledge of any photographs of Corporal Durkin.

Do any Durkin descendants or relatives have any photographs or other data about this sad chapter of our local history ?