Thank You to Tony Cozzolino

Tony Cozzolino has donated two items, for which we are very grateful. Firstly, he has provided us with a beautiful French polished table from the early decades of the 20th century. This is now our main working table in the foyer area, and is a valuable antique in its own right.

Secondly, he also provided us with a scooter of a similar vintage. As this scooter is an antique and the frame is wooden, we had not been able to see it in action until today – it has a 35kg weight limit, and, alas, all our members considerably exceed that figure.

Today we found a person who could use it, and it got a tick of approval – the forward drive mechanism still operates.

Thank you Tony for your generosity.

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 :

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 ?