Judy Clarke donated this antique, which we think is most likely to be an outdoor cot. The framework is of wood and the side panels are of metal mesh, similar to that found in meat safes. There are three sections—the middle section can be removed to lower the interior space. There is a small puzzle in that it rolls freely on its wheels, but there are no handles to help in moving it. Our best guess it that it was designed to allow babies to enjoy the sun and fresh air while protecting them from flies and other pests.
We would be interest in hearing from anyone who remembers using—or being placed in—a similar type of cot. Or perhaps we’re on the wrong track and it was something else altogether ?
Wallan now has its own history group – the Wallan Historical Group, with a very active Facebook page which is well worth a visit.
There are many interesting articles already posted, including one on the Pretty Sally Roadhouse, which featured in the original ‘Mad Max’ movie. Here is a still from the movie:
Congratulations to all involved in creating such a wonderful and vibrant site.
This picture appeared in the Kilmore Free Press for 20 December 1989. We likewise wish all our readers a happy holiday season.
KHS will be re-opening its rooms on the first Tuesday in February 2020.
Our Christmas raffle has been won by Owen Douglas of Broadford. He received a framed copy of the well known 1856 view of early Kilmore.
There are still copies of this print for sale for $60 unframed or $125 professionally framed by a local business.
As noted below, KHS held a stall at the Kilmore Show on the 7th December. This was quite a success—there were many sales of our books, and families enjoyed the opportunity of dressing up in nineteenth century clothes. One family even described the dress-up as ‘the highlight of the Show’ We also heard from a couple of people who wanted to join.
All the members who helped man the stall enjoyed their day. We are already thinking about Kilmore Show for 2020.
Kilmore Show will be held on Saturday 7 December. KHS will be there, manning a stall. We will be selling books, talking to the public, and perhaps engaging possible new members. Come and talk to us on the day ! Here is a photograph of our stall from a previous Show.