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.
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.
We have two main displays in our foyer at the moment: one to commemorate Anzac Day and another to remember Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away recently. Rose King has also prepared a small display on Early Church History, which includes a very nice panoramic sketch of St Pats in 1852.
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.
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.
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.
Rose King has assembled a display on the Kilmore Swimming Club, which was based on the Res. She has also written a brief history of the Swimming club. This display is currently in the Foyer of the Old Post Office.
Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. Victoria's oldest inland town