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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.

Record Attendance at Cemetery Tour

Our tour of the Catholic Cemetery in honour of History Week drew a record attendance for any of our cemetery tours – we had 71 registered, and a few others joined after the tour commenced.

Barbara Wilson very ably presented the entire tour herself, after the other presenter bowed out unexpectedly due to illness.

Here Barbara (in red shirt at centre) discusses Sister Catherine O’Connor, war nurse.

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.

Tales From The Wells

Brian Clancy has provided us with some photographs as an introduction to his talk on Tales from the Wells. Two of these pictures are from Moranding and one from Harvest Home in Willowmavin.

Brian Clancy, who will be talking on Wells.
Moranding Well
Another Moranding Well picture
Harvest Home Hotel, Willowmavin

Remember the date – 4th May at 7:30 pm at the Old Post Office, 2 Powlett St.

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

Three Old Photos of Post Office

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.

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.