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Centenary of WW1; Kilmore Remembers: Harry Vinicombe


Harry Vinicombe was born in Kyneton in 1893, the son of Albert Orchard and Ann Mary Vinicombe (nee McGrath). His mother Ann died in 1900 at Kyneton and his father became a manager of a property at High Camp Plain. Harry attended Pyalong School and later became a motor driver and chauffeur.

He enlisted on July 7, 1915 in Melbourne and for a month was stationed at B Company, Flemington Depot. Harry was then posted to the 2nd Reinforcements, 29th Battalion for training. He embarked on HMAT Demosthenes at Melbourne on October 29, 1915.

By January, 1916 Harry was in the Suez, Egypt, and soon after spent 8 days in hospital with tonsillitis. Following further training Harry was allocated to the 45th Battalion as a private, 1781, on April 2, 1916 at Serapeum.

The 45th Battalion was raised in Egypt on 2 March 1916 as part of the 12th Brigade of the 4th Australian Division, and arrived in Marselles on June 8, 1916, for transfer to the Western Front. It fought in its first major battle at Pozieres in August, defending ground previously captured by the 2nd Australian Division.

Harry was injured in action with multiple gunshot wounds on August 6, 1916 and next day, being dangerously ill he was transferred well behind the lines to Camiers where he died in the 4th General Hospital on September 14. Harry was buried in nearby Etaples Military Cemetery in France.

Harry was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. It would seem he was promoted to Lance Corporal at some time. His name is recorded on the Pyalong State School Honour Roll.

During the war his father was living in St Kilda where he received by post Harry’s effects including a photo and letters. Later he received Harry’s medals, a memorial scroll and plaque. His brother Thomas also served in World War One returning home in 1919.

Harry Vinicome Photo: Australian War Memorial

Reproduced in the North Central Review, 10 May 2016

Seminar: History Victoria Support Group – 13 May 2017

In conjunction with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV), Kilmore Historical Society will be hosting the History Victoria Support Group May Seminar on Saturday, 13 May in the John Taylor Room at Kilmore Library. Cost to attend is $15 per head.

All bookings and enquiries are to be made via the RHSV and there are a limited number of places available. All booking details and the program of events are available from the flyer which can be downloaded from the link below.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided and the proceeds of the day come to our Society.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear a wide range of of interesting subjects and speakers.


Guest Speaker 2 May 2017: Fay Woodhouse: The Enterprising Mr MacGregor – Pioneer Pastoralist

Photo: View of an Australian Farm Author/Creator: Samuel Calvert 1828-1913, engraver. Contributor(s): Jones H. Carse artist. Publisher: Melbourne : Ebenezer and David Syme Date: December 27, 1869 State Library of Victoria

“The Enterprising Mr MacGregor – Pioneer Pastoralist” is the topic of our upcoming meeting on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.30 pm in the Kilmore Courthouse.

Fay Woodhouse from Romsey has written a book on Duncan MacGregor, who arrived in Australia as a 22 year old in 1857, trying his luck as a shepherd in a new country and realising the potential for breeding cattle, sheep and horses in the harsh Australian climate – with the right pedigree. He farmed at Riddells Creek and Darraweit Guim, amongst other enterprises.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 and end at approximately 9 – 9:30, with time for questions and general business.

Supper will be served after the meeting and all are welcome to participate.

Everyone is welcome to come and hear Fay tell the story of this ambitious Scottish Highlander.

Open House Tour: Historic Houses of Kilmore – 8 Apr

Saturday 8 April, 2017

10am – 4pm

Ranging from humble, beautifully restored cottages to substantial large homes, five owners of historic houses in Kilmore have very generously opened their homes to the public.

Tickets: $15 person/$25 couple/family – available at the Old Courthouse, 4 Powlett Street from 9.45am – 3pm

Fundraiser for Kilmore Historical Society

Open House Flyer

Guest speaker 7 Mar 2017: Louise Joy – Dr. Ida Scudder, Christian Medical College, Vellore





Due to illness, our guest speaker for February 7th, Louise Joy, had to be postponed at the last moment. Fortunately our planned guest speaker for March 7th, Taylor Coombe, was able to stand in at short notice and we thank Taylor kicking off our first meeting of the year. For those who were looking forward to Louise’s talk, we are pleased to advise that it will now be presented at our March 7th meeting.

Dr. Ida Scudder

Louise will be telling us of her experiences as a child of medical missionary parents in India at Vellore.   She has wonderful memories of Dr Ida Scudder who, in 1900,  founded the medical college to train Indian women as doctors – unbelievably to us, male doctors were not allowed to touch women.   Dr Scudder trained at Cornell University in the USA and then returned to India to impart her knowledge.

Vellore is now rated as the number one training college for doctors in North India.  Louise’s parents joined the staff at the College.   Her mother (Dr Edna Gault) worked in Skin, Venereal Diseases and Psychiatry;  her father Foundation Professor of Pathology and Dean of Men.

So a somewhat different emphasis than our usual speakers but it will be both interesting and entertaining.   Come and join us – everyone is welcome and supper follows the meeting.

A note for your diary – the Wallan Cemetery Tour, which was cancelled because of extremely wet weather late last year, will now be held at 5.30 pm on Saturday 18th March – and interesting twilight experience.  More later.

For any queries, please email  the Society at


Dr. Ida Scudder

History’s Mysteries!

Reproduced from the Society’s newsletter, Kilmore Connections, Issue 70, December 2016.

Can anyone help identify this lady ? The photo is in the collection of the Kilmore Historical Society but we have no information on the sitter, who is wearing an ornately ornamented nineteenth century dress and a cameo on a chain.

The picture was most likely taken in the late nineteenth century, perhaps around 1880.

Perhaps her distinctive face might jog some memories.

If so, please email us at


Heritage Excursion: A walk through Wallan Wallan Cemetery, 18 Mar



The Wallan Cemetery Tour, which was cancelled because of extremely wet weather late last year, will now be held at 5.30 pm on Saturday, 18 March 2017 – and interesting twilight experience.

The first burial in the cemetery took place in 1858 so there are many headstones that date back to the 1860s – and each has a story to tell of families long gone.

Names such as Budd, Sinclair, Laffan, McLeod, Sutherland, McNaughton and many more are synonymous with the history of this once small hamlet on the Sydney Road.

Everyone is welcome;  no charge for members and a $5 charge for non members.

Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Remember to respect the fact that there are many unmarked graves in the Cemetery as well as those marked by headstones.

For further information or to register your interest email: