Category Archives: District

The Floods Of 1992

Last Wednesday Kilmore suffered significant storm damage, with many trees down, fences blown over, and property damage. Despite concerns that the creek might flood we managed to escape that problem.

The last time that Kilmore suffered significant flooding was 1992, and these pictures from the Free Press of Tuesday, Dec 22, 1992, show the extent of the flooding.

A Message Of Thanks

It’s always nice to know that our work here is appreciated. Barbara Wilson recently received an email of thanks from someone who had requested family history research. To give credit where credit is due, much of the actual research was done by Vin O’Donoghue.

Attention : Barbara Wilson

My name is John from Hoppers Crossing and I was recently
assisted with some Family History on the Young family
at KHS centre. This was a very enthusiastic and rewarding session.

At the end of last week I received some additional information on the
Youngs in the mail —- BDMs, rates, and extracts from the Kilmore Free
Press.

Barbara, I wish to pass on my thanks to you ( and the researcher?) for
this bonus. Added to the first data it broadens the story of the Young
Family together with details regarding their residence etc.

With much appreciation and Best wishes.

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

Identifying the Subjects of Photos

We have had a very encouraging response to the publication of these two photographs on our web site and in the local newspaper. Many people have contacted us with information about those involved.  The following is a collation of the various responses. There are still some unidentified faces and some disagreement as to who some of them were, so we are always happy to hear more suggestions. I have numbered all the individuals to make referring to them easier.

Deb Picture:

BACK ROW:

1

2 John Clancy

3 Don Comans

4 Pat McMahon

5 Brian Kelly

6

MIDDLE ROW:

7 Doreen Lawrence

8 Judith Hayes

9 Margaret McMahon

10 Patricia Kelly or Mary Minogue or Mary Kelly

11 June Comans

12 Melena Younghusband

13 Maree Clancy

FRONT ROW:

14 Margaret Hawes

15 Jim Butler

16 Eileen Butler

17 ? Rice

18

St Joseph’s Picture

BACK ROW:

1 ? Hansen

2 ? Hansen

3 Patrick Harrington

4

5 ?Walsh

6

7 John Stephenson

8 Phillip Clancy

9 John Deutscher

10 Charlie Hughes

11 Gary Davon

12 Peter Hughes

13 Michael Purdon

MIDDLE ROW:

14 ? Hansen

15 ? Hansen

16

17 John Harrington

18 Anthony Zanelli

19 Bernard McConnel

20

21 Ralph Zanetta or Patrick McNamara

22 ? Simpson

23

24 Ted Hurst

25

FRONT ROW:

26 Jimmy Miller

27 David Thomas

28

29 ? Chawaluk or Joseph halocki

30 Adrian Te Ve Luwe

31 Michael Skehan

32 Gavin Clancy

33 Jimmy Butler

34

35 John Moore or Gerard Allen

36 Martin Williams

37 Gerard  Wallace (Or Wallis)

38 Brian Wright

39 Ian Thomas

Cricket in Kilmore – 1986

Kilmore Free Press Wednesday, 17 September 1986, page 20

Cricket club to extend pavilion

Extensions costing approximately $30,000 will soon take place at Kilmore Cricket Club’s pavilion.

The extensions will provide added space for change rooms, functions, score box and kitchen renovations.

To enable the work to proceed, a small amount of additional finance is required.

The club is calling on community members and supporters to loan $50 (or multiples thereof) for up to five years.

These loans (or debentures) are fully repaid over the next five years.

Without some support from the community, the club may not he able to proceed within the next few months as planned.

Persons able to assist should contact treasurer Lawrie Boyd on 821271.

At the club’s recent annual meeting, Ray Cowell was re-elected as president for a second successive term.

Neale Wigney continues as secretary, and Lawrie Boyd as treasurer for yet another term.

Other committee members for 1986-87 are Barry Dixon, Merv Hanson, Rob Peterson, Alan Bensted, Denis Potts, Ashley Cardwell and Fred Baines.

The president thanked many committee members, cricketers and supporters for their encouragement, hard work and support during the previous season.

He noted that although on-field performances of teams – with the the exception of Under 16s – had been disappointing, the club has continued to be strong in administration and organisation.

This progress has led to planning for the building extensions to cater for the greatly increased number of teams, and the pleasing development of under-age cricket in Kilmore.

The first meeting of the new committee decided on the on-field leaders for 1986-97.

Lawrie Boyd continues as club coach, with Merv Hanson and Barry Dixon assistant coaches. All are very experienced cricketers, who are willing to help players of all ages to improve their performances.

Merv Hanson is the new ‘A’ grade captain, succeeding his brother Greg, with opening batsman Neale Wigney vice-captain.

Barry Dixon is again ‘B’ grade captain, with Ray Cowell his deputy.

Alan Bensted takes over as ‘C’ grade skipper, with Fred Baines vice-captain.

Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 pm has begun and with the club struggling to obtain sufficient numbers, any newcomers will be very welcome.

There has already been strong interest from Under 16 players (training is on Wednesday evenings).

The committee hopes that those lads who have become too old for junior cricket will come along to practice and graduate to senior ranks this season.

The club is providing cricket for three senior teams, Under 16s, Under 13 and Under 10, and all who would like a game of cricket will be made very welcome.

Training dates for U13 and U1O will advertised shortly.

Stalwart Retires

One of the best known cricketers In the district has decided to retire.

Wallan stalwart Jim Coustley, who grew up at Darraweit Guim where he perfected his skills before eventually becoming a driving force with the Wallan club in the GDCA, has devoted 30 years to cricket.

He will be hard to replace, as he has held almost every position with the club on and off the field.

And what will Jim be doing this summer? Playing tennis!

Cricket in Kilmore

Cricket in Kilmore has a long and interesting history. The following articles were taken from the local press. Some of our readers might remember some of the names listed.

From: Kilmore Free Press, Thursday, 16 March 1966, page 1

CRICKET FINAL

Great effort by L Boyd (93)

The second day’s play in the final of the Kilmore and District Cricket Association between Darraweit and Kilmore at Wallan on Saturday last, left Darraweit still in a strong position, as the match ends on Saturday next, March 18.

After the first day’s play Darraweit had scored 227 for the loss of 9 wickets and failed to add to the score when play was resumed on Saturday last.

Kilmore’s innings was high-lighted by the splendid batting of Laurence Boyd in making 93 of the team’s total of 153. He batted very soundly and unselfishly in the interest of his team and it was unfortunate that he did not receive more support. With the exception of the partnership by Boyd and Bardella, which added 36 runs, Kilmore’s batsmen did not shape well. The efforts of several of the tailenders, however, was full of merit, particularly that of R Clark, who – although only scoring 7 – was associated with Boyd in a partnership of 42.

For Darraweit G Taylor took 5 wickets for 52.

With a lead of 74 on the first innings Darraweit commenced their second innings and at stumps had lost one wicket for 9 runs.

Consistent batting

In his last three innings Laurence Boyd, Kilmore, has scored 102 not out (against Wallan) 125 (against Wallan East) and 93 (against Darraweit). For Darraweit Jim Coustley has scored 95 (against Wallan) and 98 (against Kilmore) in his last two innings.

Details :-
DARRAWEIT First Innings
Total – 227
Second Innings
Jim Coustley not out 6
John Coustley lbw Summers 0
Extras 3
One wicket for 9

KILMORE First Innings
L Boyd b Breen 93
P Summers c H Davies
b John Coustley 8
P Hanson lbw b Taylor 17
I Bardella lbw b Taylor 6
G Clark c John Coustley
b Taylor 0
R Jolly c Taylor b Moore 4
D Earl c John Coustley
b Taylor 3
H DeNiet b Taylor 5
R Clark c Breen
b John Coustley 7
R Jackson not out 2
T Summers c Taylor b Breen 1
Extras 4
Total 153

Bowling – G Taylor 5-52, P Breen 2-25,
John Coustley 2-23, J Moore 1-33,
B Stockdale 0-16

The Kilmore Free Press of 23 March 1966 reported that Darraweit Guim won the final.

New Historical Group Welcomed

Wallan now has its own history group – the Wallan Historical Group, with a very active Facebook page which is well worth a visit.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wallanhistoricalgroup/

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.

Raffle Winner Announced

The winner of the framed copy of the 1856 Kilmore print was announced on Saturday. The raffle was won by Matt from Lancefield, currently living in Kilmore whilst renovating a 150 year old miner’s cottage in Lancefield. He was absolutely delighted and is looking forward to hanging the etching in his new home.

The print was made from an original etching drawn from a position on a hill overlooking the town. Many original buildings are readily identifiable.

Those who missed out on the raffle prize can still buy a framed copy from KHS.Kilmore_1856_Print

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.

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

KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 2 MAY 2017

“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.