The Durkin Family of Kilmore

By Heather Knight (Published in Kilmore Connections, June 2003, minor amendments in 2017) Bartholomew Durkin was born in the parish of Knocks, County Mayo, Ireland in 1861, the son of Thomas Durkin and Maggie Harley. In 1890 he married Clara Poulton in Kilmore. Clara was a native of Kilmore and was born in 1862 to … Continue reading The Durkin Family of Kilmore

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

The murder at Sutton Veny

By Peter Burness (Previously published in Kilmore Connections, June 2003) During the First World War tens of thousands of Australian troops passed through the huge military training camps set up in Britain. Soldiers would move between these camps and the battle front in France and Belgium. The hutted camp at Sutton Veny near Salisbury was one … Continue reading The murder at Sutton Veny

Lauriston – A Grand Old Dame

by Heather Knight (Originally published in Kilmore Connections, December 2005) The above photograph is of “Lauriston”. This grand home once stood on the hill near where June and Gordon Ryan later built their house in Clarke Street. It is thought that “Lauriston” may have been built by Reay Clarke. Reay was a very early settler … Continue reading Lauriston – A Grand Old Dame


Kilmore Connections Our quarterly newsletter is free to members and $3 a copy to non-members.  Past issues have featured the following feature articles as well as current events within the Society, research enquiries etc. These are available for sale by mail order for $3.70, which includes postage and handling. Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. … Continue reading Newsletter