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Guest Speaker 6 Mar 2018; Grahame Thom: The Role of DNA in Family History Research

KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2018

 

There was a time when the letters “DNA” meant nothing to most of us – but now it is common knowledge that DNA is what we are all made up of. And that is what makes it so fascinating.

At the next general meeting of the Historical Society, our chief researcher, Grahame Thom will speak on the topic “Is DNA useful in family history research?” A question many of us will have asked but not had an answer.

Graeme has recently had his DNA tested by three different family history companies. His decision was made as being a family historian he felt it would be good to have his DNA recorded for use by future generations; to see what the results revealed as to the origins of his paternal and maternal lines and to see if any matches to other persons who had been tested were revealed.

Everyone is welcome to come along on Tuesday 6 March at 7.30 pm at the Kilmore Courthouse to learn more – and the answers to the questions that Grahame posed for himself.

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.

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Guest Speaker 6 Feb 2018; Owen Smith: Two Smiths of Carrick

KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2018

The first General Meeting for the year is on Tuesday 6th February at 7.30 pm in the Kilmore Courthouse – everyone is welcome.

Owen Smith is our guest speaker, presenting “Two Smiths of Carrick”. He will tell the story of two young Irish men who venture to the antipodes from their home town of Carrickmacross, in County Monaghan, in the north of Ireland at a time when their country was reeling from the deprivations of the Great Famine and British occupation.

One is from a privileged background and is soon teaching as Classics Master at Scotch College; the second a blacksmith, becomes a successful farmer and raises a family in Kilmore. We look forward to hearing Owen tell their stories.

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.

Kilmore Bowls Club History: Can you name anyone in the pictures?

Philip Skehan, one of our members, is currently researching the history of the Kilmore Bowls Club, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Philip would appreciate hearing from anyone who was involved in the club in the past, particularly office bearers, or any families that have recollections of members; also any documents, photographs, memorabilia, or anything else related to the club that may still be in existence.

Kilmore Bowls Club, 9 October 1926
Kilmore Bowls Club, c.1926

Philip has provided us with these two photographs to see if anyone can identify the individuals. If you do recognise anyone then please let us know via email at kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com or message us on our Facebook Page and we can pass the details on to Philip.

Upcoming Events for 2018

Happy New Year!

We hope that everyone has had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Whilst the Society does not re-open till February 6th, we would just like to provide a reminder of our upcoming meetings and talks when we do.

  • Tuesday, 6 February 2018: Owen Smith – ‘Two Smiths of Carrick’
  • Tuesday, 6 March 2018: Tour of Christ Church Anglican Church, Kilmore
  • Tuesday, 3 April 2018: Graeme Thom – ‘Is DNA useful in family history research?’
  • Tuesday, 1 May 2018: Allan Stute on the Stute Family

Meetings are held at the old Courthouse at 4 Powlett St, Kilmore (unless notified differently) and begin at 7:30 and end at approximately 9 – 9:30, with time for questions and general business.

Supper is served afterwards and all are welcome to participate.

KHS Open Day, 21 Oct 2017: History’s Mysteries

Police Station, Law Court, Post Office, Kilmore circa 1904

The  Kilmore Historical Society invites you to visit the Kilmore Courthouse on Saturday, 21st October, 2017 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to view our Historical Photographic Collection.

Many of these photographs are unidentified people or locations in Kilmore, Wallan and other local areas.

Maybe you can help us put names to some of them.

Enquiries:
Email : kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Celebrating History Week 2017

Guest Speaker 3 October 2017; Kylie McKay and Bob Tomkins: Observations of a Long Lost Railway

KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2017

OBSERVATIONS OF A LONG LOST RAILWAY

Members of the Kilmore Historical Society and visitors are encouraged to attend our next General Meeting which will be held in the Kilmore Courthouse at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3rd October. Railway enthusiasts will be particularly interested in the story that Kylie McKay and Bob Tomkins of the Romsey Lancefield and Districts Historical Society, have to tell.

This is the story of a long lost railway line which will be bought back to life in a new book to be published mid 2018. Kylie and Bob have spent the last two years photographing and researching the history of the long forgotten railway – some may say “white elephant” because it only lasted about 10 years.

In 1892 the first paying passenger on the new railway from Lancefield to Kilmore was Mr Robert Beasley and the only other occupant a cow – so not an auspicious beginning to a new service!

The two historians will have many more tales to tell and photographs to show – we look forward to seeing you!

Last month Trevor Close enlightened us on his visit to the Solomon Islands with photographs of the many aircraft and landing craft wrecks that still litter the island 75 years after the major battle of Guadalcanal between the allied forces and the Japanese was fought.

The Annual General Meeting saw the committee returned as for 2016/17 – however helpers are always welcome so come and join us any Tuesday between 10 am and 3 pm.

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.

Centenary of WW1; Kilmore Remembers: John Hammond

Australian_Army_Rising_Sun_Badge_1904

John Hammond (known as Jack) was born on 7 July 1891 in Kilmore, the eldest child of hotelier Thomas and Alice Teresa Hammond (nee Mulvey). Thomas was the licensee of the Railway Hotel (now Macs) and his father John, the Red Lion. Jack was educated at Assumption College, Kilmore and then worked in the Kilmore Post Office from 1907.

Jack enlisted at Kilmore on May 1, 1916 and was allocated as a private, 3678, to the 8th Reinforcements, 29th Battalion. After basic training at Broadmeadows, he attended the Signals School for two months, and then left Melbourne on the Orsova on August 1, 1916 for Plymouth, England.

Jack undertook further training before joining his Battalion on the Western Front, France in January 1917. He probably was involved in defeating a German counter attack at Beaumetz on March 23. Then on March 28 Jack was admitted to hospital in Rouen with a septic right heel and did not return to the field till late August 1917. The 29th then took part in the Battle of Polygon Wood in late September 1917.

Jack took leave in England in January 1918 and in April he was again in a field hospital with scabies. On April 24, Jack was transferred to the 5th Division, Signals Company as a Sapper. He may have been running messages from the front line to Headquarters, and he probably took part in the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux which recaptured the town from the Germans in two days in late April.

The 5th Division then followed the retreating Germans during May towards the Somme, and on May 13, Jack was killed in action. He was buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension at Picardie, France. His family and fellow postal workers placed memorial notices in the Kilmore Advertiser on June 1, 1918.

Jack was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. In addition his family received a Memorial Scroll, a Memorial Plaque, the King’s Message and Jack’s effects.

His sacrifice is recognised on the Kilmore War Memorial, the Kilmore Shire Honour Roll in the Memorial Hall, and the Assumption College Honour Roll.

Corbie Community Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Reproduced in the North Central Review, 8 December 2015.