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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

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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.

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.

HVSG SEMINAR INVITATION MAY 2017

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.

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
www. kilmorehistory.info
kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Open House Flyer

Anzac Day Service 2016 Kilmore War Memorial: Address by Grahame Thom

Last Monday, Kilmore Historical Society member Grahame Thom was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anzac Day Service held at the Kilmore War Memorial, For those who were unable to attend, Grahame’s address is reproduced here.

We are here today 101 years after Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. About 95 years ago this memorial was built to honour the sacrifice of 29 local men who died during World War One.

I would like to read out their names, but before doing that I need to explain that many local honour boards and memorials have errors, and this memorial is no different. So there are some differences between the names I will now read to you and those listed on two sides of this war memorial.

  • Francis Patrick Anderson born Kilmore, died aged 23 in Jun 1917
  • John Clifford Bowers born Kilmore, died aged 21 in Aug 1916
  • Dominick John Burgess born Woolongong, died aged 45 in Jan 1917
  • Colin Henry Cameron born Hawthorn, died aged 23 in Aug 1915
  • Richard Thomas Cooke born Pyalong, died aged 20 in Nov 1916
  • Samuel Ernest Crane born Kilmore, died aged 35 in Apr 1918
  • Joseph Matthew Crowley born Rutherglen, died aged 26 in Feb 1919
  • Charles William Dau/Dow born Wandong, died aged 32 in Jul 1918
  • Joseph Harold Durkin born Kilmore, died aged 24 in Nov 1917
  • Francis Dwyer/O’Dwyer born Kilmore, died aged 20 in Oct 1917
  • William Nicholson Fischer born Kilmore, died aged 34 in Oct 1917
  • James Joseph Freyne born Kilmore, died aged 20 in May 1917
  • John Hammond born Kilmore died aged 27 in May 1918 Claude
  • Henry Jackson born Sunbury, died aged 29 in Apr 1918
  • Albert Edward Knight born Tantaraboo, died aged 24 in Feb 1917
  • William Leahy DCM born Kilmore died aged 25 in Aug 1918
  • William Laughlin Looney born Campbellfield, died aged 19 in Jan 1917
  • William John Matthew born Warrnambool, died aged 25 in Aug 1915
  • Thomas de Courcey Meade born Kilmore, died aged 22 in Jul 1916
  • Philip Joseph McCahery born Kilmore, died aged 24 in Apr 1918
  • William Hector (Bert) McDonald born Richmond, died aged 29 in Oct 1917
  • James Noble Robinson born Kangaroo Flat, died aged 34 in Aug 1916
  • Edward John Rule born Bendigo, died aged 32 in Jul 1916
  • Michael Francis Ryan born Broadmeadows, died aged 35 in Aug 1915
  • William Charles James Stute born Bylands, died aged 27 in Apr 1917
  • Hebert Valentine Shaw born England, died aged 27 in Mar 1917
  • Herbert Thomas Skehan born Kilmore, died age 28 in Sep 1917
  • Charles Wyndham Thomas born Korumburra, died aged 27 in Apr 1916
  • Charles Leslie Wickham born Milltown, died aged 26 in Apr 1917

Lest we forget.

There are two who served on Gallipoli.

Colin Henry Cameron enlisted in Kilmore in September 1914, and joined 8th Light Horse Regiment. He arrived on Gallipoli about 17 May 1915. Soon after being promoted to Squadron Sergeant Major, Colin was killed in action on 7 August 1915. His name is recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial.

Sergeant Michael Francis Ryan also known as Joseph McKinley, enlisted at Murwillumbah, NSW, in December 1914 in the 15th Battalion. He was on Gallipoli by May 1915, then spent time on Lemnos and in Egypt with an “injured ear” before returning to Gallipoli in late July 1915. He was killed in action on 8 August 1915 and his name is recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial.

As we are on the corner of Skehan Place, named after prominent Kilmore resident Patrick Skehan, it is appropriate to say a few words about his son Herbert Thomas Skehan. Herbert was dux of Assumption College in 1909. He worked in Melbourne as a clerk before enlisting in July 1915 in 29th Battalion. He sailed to Egypt then to the western front. On 26 September 1917 the 29th Battalion was part of an attack, later named the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium. Herbert died in action on that day.

As could be expected our research to date has revealed two more soldiers who have strong links to Kilmore and who died on active service. Perhaps their names could be inscribed on this memorial.

Thomas Vincent Hunt was the nephew of Thomas Hunt, editor and owner of the Kilmore Free Press for over 60 years. Tom was born in Kilmore in 1869 and aged 43 years he joined the 31st Battalion in July 1915 on its way to the Western Front where he was killed in action in July 1916.

George Francis Lloyd was born in Kilmore in 1895. He enlisted in March 1916 with the 3rd Division Service Corps and was shipped to France. Soon after being promoted to Company Sergeant Major he died at the 1st Australian Casualty Clearance Station on the western front in January 1917.

Well over 250 men and women volunteered for active service during World War One from Kilmore and District. We hope to write profiles on as many as possible.

We will remember them.

Guest Speaker 3 May 2016: Scott Whitaker – Railway Hotels In Victoria

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KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 3 MAY 2016

 

© 2016 Copyright Scott Whitaker.
Railway Hotels of Australia © 2016 Copyright Scott Whitaker.

The guest speaker at the next General Meeting of the Kilmore Historical Society is Scott Whitaker of Wandong who earlier this year released his book “Railway Hotels of Australia”, the first volume featuring Victorian hotels of that name.

Come along on Tuesday night 3 May at 7.30 pm at the Kilmore Courthouse and hear Scott’s story of what inspired him on this rail journey with a difference.

Of course Kilmore boasts its own Railway Hotel, known to us as MacNamara’s or more simply Mac’s Hotel in Sydney Street. It has a fascinating history as do most of the hotels that feature in Scott’s book.

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.

This will be our last general meeting until September when the Annual General Meeting will be held and the guest speaker is Jim Claven who will speak on the role of the WWI Nurses at Lemnos Greece.

All members and non-members are welcome to attend.