Judy Clarke donated this antique, which we think is most likely to be an outdoor cot. The framework is of wood and the side panels are of metal mesh, similar to that found in meat safes. There are three sections—the middle section can be removed to lower the interior space. There is a small puzzle in that it rolls freely on its wheels, but there are no handles to help in moving it. Our best guess it that it was designed to allow babies to enjoy the sun and fresh air while protecting them from flies and other pests.
We would be interest in hearing from anyone who remembers using—or being placed in—a similar type of cot. Or perhaps we’re on the wrong track and it was something else altogether ?
As noted below, KHS held a stall at the Kilmore Show on the 7th December. This was quite a success—there were many sales of our books, and families enjoyed the opportunity of dressing up in nineteenth century clothes. One family even described the dress-up as ‘the highlight of the Show’ We also heard from a couple of people who wanted to join.
All the members who helped man the stall enjoyed their day. We are already thinking about Kilmore Show for 2020.
Kilmore Show will be held on Saturday 7 December. KHS will be there, manning a stall. We will be selling books, talking to the public, and perhaps engaging possible new members. Come and talk to us on the day ! Here is a photograph of our stall from a previous Show.
This article appeared in the Kilmore Free Press for 2 November 1950. It is remarkable that as late as the 1950’s there were still enough surviving Cobb and Co drivers to make an event like this a reality.
KHS held its annual Open House recently. Five properties received visitors. All were different, ranging in size from a small cottage on Fitzroy Street to Assumption College, and covering the period from the 1850’s to the 1920’s. One property that Kilmore residents would not be so familiar with was Craigielea, which stands on the Northern Highway outside Kilmore and is not visible from the road. This Arts and Crafts building is reputed to have been built from the proceeds of a Melbourne Cup win. Its magnificent interior generated a great deal of interest.
Kilmore Historical Society is currently in the process of preparing to digitise our collection of various materials. These include our extensive clothing and textiles collection, our books, maps, microfilms, photographs, and physical objects.
We will need a lot of help from volunteers for the actual process of data entry. Every item will need to be photographed, described, and the information logged into an online system.
We are looking at using a web-based cataloging program which will allow access from any computer. Those who prefer to work from home will be able to log into the web site from their own computers. There will also be the possibility of coming into the KHS rooms and working from there.
If anyone is interested in participating please contact email@example.com and let us know. At this point we have no firm starting date for the project.
Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. Victoria's oldest inland town