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Appeal Re History of Post Office

We would be keen to hear from anyone who is familiar with the history of the bluestone Post Office on Powlett Street. We are particularly keen to hear oral histories from those who worked or lived here. If you have photographs of the interior we would be delighted to see and copy them. Either contact us via Facebook or drop in on our opening night on 2 February.

Remember – the February meeting will be the AGM and the official opening of the new premises.

Setting Up our new premises

Kilmore Historical Society has been setting up our new premises at the Old Kilmore Post Office, 2 Powlett Street (next door to the Court House). Here are some photos of the arrangement of the new premises:

A whole room devoted to newspaper archives
Lots of natural light in our rather nice new office
Another view of the office
-We have a museum! Are these girls asking one another “Why are we standing in a museum ?”
The research room. Fiche, CD’s, microfilm, and books will live here.
These old buildings tended to have large cupboards. They are very useful for printed records.


The re-imposition of Covid restrictions on Mitchell Shire means that we must keep any re-opening of the Historical Society on hold. The rooms will thus continue to be closed on Tuesdays, and on all other days.

The date of the AGM remains in doubt. Consumer Affairs had already issued a directive allowing an extra 3 months for AGMs, which gives us some leeway.

For the AGM to go ahead in August would require a dramatic improvement in the pandemic situation.

Our best wishes go out to all our members in these difficult times.

Cricket in Kilmore – 1976

Kilmore Free Press
Thursday, 8 April 1976, page 8

Cricketer of the Year

Captain of Kilmore’s ‘A’ grade team, Lawrie Boyd, has been named cricketer of the year.

Laurie’s win was announced and this trophy presented to him at the club’s Presentation Dinner, held in the Safari Room of the Red Lion Hotel on Friday night.

He was also awarded a Life Membership, in recognition of his service to the Kilmore Cricket Club – both on and off the field – over a lengthy period.

Extending a welcome to guests and cricketers attending the annual function, KCC President, Rod Falcke, said the club had not done so well in competition this season, however, both teams did reach the finals.

He thanked players and members of the public for their support, adding that the Social Committee had done a great job of raising funds.

The President revealed that plans for a new pavilion at the Kilmore ground are well under way and this improved facility should be in use next season.

A special welcome was extended to a number of visitors from Broadford, including several players in the combined Kilmore-Broadford under 16 team.

Mr Ken Hammond expressed thanks on behalf of the Broadford residents for the invitation to be present.

He said their young members had enjoyed being part of the combined team, but it was hoped that Broadford would have sufficient players to enter a team of their own next season.

Following the presentation of trophies, a humorous segment was conducted, where awards for special feats were announced and trophies for these presented by the Captain and President.

Club awards this season were –

‘A’ Grade
Bowling: Greg Hanson.
Batting: Lawrie Boyd.
Fielding: Merv Hanson.
All-Rounder: Greg Hanson.

‘B’ Grade
Bowling: Chris Hanson.
Batting: Joe Zanelli.

Fielding: Duncan Chappell
All rounder: Norm Thompson.

Under 10’s
Bowling: David Bell.
Batting: Chris Hanson.
Best First Year Player: John Boulton.
Most Enthusiastic Player: Neil Wigney.
Red Lion Fielding Award: Gerry Hanson.

Victorian Collections

As mentioned before, we are putting up our digital records at the “Victorian Collections” web site. This can be found at

There are about 400 Kilmore related items listed already.  Many other collections are also online.


The above photograph is from one of our listings, a copy of the Kilmore Hospital By Laws and Rules.


If you are interested in helping us digitise and make our collections available to the world, let us know and we can show you how it is done.

AGM September 1st

The Annual General Meeting of Kilmore Historical Society will be held on Tuesday 1st September at the Court House in Powlett Street at 7:30 p.m. If the lifting of restrictions continues then  the usual number of visitors will be feasible.

As well as the AGM itself we will have a guest speaker, provided by the Broadford Historical Society, with a presentation on the history of the Paper Mill, which is rumoured to include a DVD with video.

All members and non members are welcome. The evening will conclude with supper as per usual.


Dear members and visitors

Due to the changing government advice regarding COVID 19 the Committee of our Society decided to close our research rooms at the old Kilmore Courthouse from Monday 23 March 2020, for the foreseeable future.

We will be able to continue limited research service by email. But it may take longer to undertake the research.

Please keep safe and follow the government’s advice.


Kilmore Historical Society



Cancellation of Activities

The current pandemic of coronavirus has already caused the cancellation of a great many activities, and the Committee of Kilmore Historical Society has decided that we must unfortunately follow suit.

Therefore please note that:

– The April and May general meetings with guest speakers are CANCELLED.

– The Open House tour planned for April is CANCELLED.

As we have no meetings in winter, our next scheduled meeting is the AGM in September. We hope that conditions will have improved by September, but at this stage we are tentatively assuming it will go ahead. We will notify members if these plans change.

Information on Mrs Kenny

Many thanks to the reader who contributed background information on the cover of the latest Kilmore Connections. Unfortunately the person who did so left no identifying details.

The lady in the picture is Julia Kenny (1842-1920).  The spinning jenny was made for her by her son Jack.

More information on the Kenny family can be found in the 1968 publication “A Brief History of Pyalong”.  John Kenny, farmer, was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1844 and and emigrated to Australia in 1866 with his mother and siblings. His other brothers,  Michael and Patrick, were already at Pyalong. Julia was born Julia Mc Donald in County Wexford.  She worked as a housekeeper at High Camp prior to marriage.

The married couple lived for some time on a hundred acre property at Glenaroua. They had seven children, who all attended the Glenaroua school. Mr Kenny was for 33 years a councillor of the Pyalong  Shire.

Julia is buried in the Kilmore Catholic Cemetery.