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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.

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.

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.


The Historical Society has made the decision to discontinue the use of our Post Office box. We now have a street address (2 Powlett Street Kilmore) which can be used for ordinary mail, and in any case most of our communications are now made through the Internet. We hope this does not cause any inconvenience.

corporal Joseph Harold Durkin

Corporal Joseph Harold Durkin was a Kilmore resident who enlisted for the First World War. There is a biography of Durkin on this website. His story is a tragic one in that he was murdered during his time in the armed services by a fellow soldier, who was executed for the crime.

He was the grandson of Bart Durkin, a local farmer with strong connections to St Pats Church, and the son of another Bart Durkin, who worked as a tailor in Kilmore.

We have been contacted by a UK historian who is interested in compiling a book on the Brookwood murders, Brookwood being the scene of J H Durkin’s death. He is particularly interested in photographs. We have no knowledge of any photographs of Corporal Durkin.

Do any Durkin descendants or relatives have any photographs or other data about this sad chapter of our local history ?