As renovation work is now taking place across the front and adjacent sides of the Courthouse, it was decided today that the Society’s rooms will not be open for the next two Tuesdays, that is Tuesday 1st May and Tuesday 8th May (10am to 3pm). It also means that there will be no general meeting next Tuesday night 1st May. Further, the next general meeting will not take place until the AGM on Tuesday 4th September.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please email any inquiries about our opening times to the Society’s Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Courthouse Closure – we have been advised this evening that the courthouse is now closed for a week or so while repairs are carried out. This means KHS will not be opened tomorrow (Tuesday 24 April). We will let you know when we are open again – Grahame Thom KHS
The old Kilmore Courthouse, our home, is being renovated and the contractors have erected scaffolding at the street front. This means there is a chance access will not be possible this coming week, ie Mon 9 April to Frid 13 April. Please monitor this site or contact our Society by email for the current situation. This will not impact on our Open House event on Sat 14 April.
It was during 1854 that Kilmore locals formed a committee to establish a hospital. At first, a temporary hospital was established in private homes. Honorary services were provided by Doctors Beavan, Bindley and Nicholson.
The committee arranged for a Melbourne Architectural firm to call tenders in December 1858. A local builder, J Mahoney, was successful and the foundation stone was laid on 17 March 1859.
Although not complete, the first patients were admitted on transfer from the temporary hospital in January 1860. This blue stone building remains in use today known as the East Wing, see 1860 image below. The location of the foundation stone is not known, but could be still extant at the east end where the ground has been partially built up with soil.
During 1860 eigthtysix patients were admitted. In 1867 a tender was accepted for the erection of a new two storied bluestone wing. Both wings today are used for administration services. Over the years there have been a number of additions as the Hospital continues to serve Kilmore and District.
It was not until the mid-1930s that a maternity ward was erected. Prior to then mothers either had their babies born at home or in small private hospitals operated by midwives. Also it was unusual for children to be admitted in the 1800s. To read more about the Kilmore and District Hospital and other health services see Maya Tucker’s chapter Tickets to Health, in her book Kilmore on the Sydney road, (1988) pages 108-123.
In relation to hospital records, the Hospital holds a good collection of old documents. Steps are now being taken to digitise these records. Our Society holds an idexed typed copy of the Day Book Register for 1860 to 1881. These are very useful for local and family history research, see sample page below.
Grahame Thom, research officer KHS
Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. Victoria's oldest inland town