Kilmore Connections

Our quarterly newsletter is free to members and $3 a copy to non-members.  Past issues have featured the following feature articles as well as current events within the Society, research enquiries etc. These are available for sale by mail order for $3.70, which includes postage and handling. Contributions to the newsletter are welcome.

June 2018 (Issue 76)
  • Heritage Roundup: Whitburgh Cottage Site; presentation to Mitchell Shire Council
  • An early reference to Kilmore
  • Open House Tour
  • History’s Mysteries!
  • New light on the date of number 37 Sydney Street
March 2018 (Issue 75)
  • Heritage Roundup: Quinn Cottage at Walnarring
  • Open House – Historic Homes of Kilmore Tour for 2018
  • Sister Jessie Valentine Wortley by Liz Dillon-Hensby
  • Who was John Wheeler, Esquire of Kilmore? by Dean Wheeler
  • Quillinan Road by Jim Quillinan
  • Progress on our new building
  • Donations
December 2017 (Issue 74)
  • Heritage Roundup: Walnarring/Quinn Cottage
  • A Pioneer Sister of Mercy: The first Australian born nun by Barbara Wilson
  • On Marketing History
  • Petty Sessions project Completion
  • Can anyone put a name to these people?
  • Kilmore Historical Society on Pandora
  • Local School Records Acquired
  • Vale Allan Knight
  • Pip, Squeak and Wilfred?
September 2017 (Issue 73)
  • Heritage Roundup
  • Father Timothy O’Rourke; Kilmore Parish Priest by Barbara Wilson
  • From Tulla via Cobh and Sydney (New South Wales) to Kilmore (Victoria, Australia) by Julie King
  • History’s Mystery Solved
  • A Farewell to Mrs Maclean’s Pie Shop
June 2017 (Issue 72)
  • Heritage Roundup: Quinn’s Cottage and Number 37 Sydney Street
  • Open House Tour
  • Hamilton Hume; Our greatest explorer by Robert Macklin: Book Review by Barbara Wilson
  • Conscription during World War One (Part Two) by Grahame Thom
  • Looking for information on Quillinan/Bylands
  • RHSV Seminar – a great success
March 2017 (Issue 71)
  • Heritage Roundup: Is this Kilmore’s oldest structure?
  • Don’t be late for the cemetery!
  • St Patrick’s School visit
  • Conscription during World War One (Part One) by Grahame Thom
  • History’s Mysteries!
December 2016 (Issue 70)
  • Heritage Roundup
  • A Corner of Scotland by Barbara Wilson
  • Kilmore’s Colourful politician
  • History’s Mysteries!
September 2016 (Issue 69)
  • WW1 Nurses on the Island of Lemnos
  • The Red Lion Hotel by Francis Payne
  • Kilmore’s Lone Pine Descendant
  • Kilmore Advertiser Saturady 17th November 1888 – Wallan Notes From Our Correspondnet, Wallan, Friday
  • Seeking Assistance to Sove a Mystery by Denis James Johnston
  • Research Roundup
October 2015 (Issue 66)
  • Kilmore Private Hospital by Liz Dillon-Hensby
  • “Lost Relations” by Graeme Davison – book review by Grahame Thom
  • Can you help?
  • Current Research for KHS by Grahame Thom
September 2015 (Issue 65)
  • Preserving Wallan’s History
  • Tragic Accident – Kilmore’s First Inquest
  • Making Soldiers (Part 2), The Kilmore Free Press, Thursday April 20, 1911
June 2015 (Issue 64)
  • Past Kilmore Publicans
  • Making Soldiers (Part 1), The Kilmore Free Press, Thursday April 20, 1911
  • A Short Account of the Origins of Kilmore – Victoria’s First Inland Town by Jan Hanslow
March 2015 (Issue 63)
  • Top Secret Aircraft Crash at Bylands by Liz Pidgeon
December 2014 (Issue 62)
  • William Winnell 1914 – 1888 by Bev Wilson
September 2014 (Issue 61)
  • 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War One (including KHS project to research and write up local enlistments in partnership with Broadford Historical Society, Wandong History Group and North Central Review)
  • Harold Valentine Wortley (Lieutenant)
  • Articles from historical newspapers including  report on “greatest fire in Kilmore” 1892 and trip to the Dividing Range – Lancefield and Kimore 1912.
June 2014 (Issue 60)
  • John Angus Sutherland
  • Dearth of old time coach driver Kilmore Free Press Thursday 23 July 1908 (Frank May)
March 2014
  • The Burston Family of Kilmore complied by Liz Dillon-Hensby
  • Commonwealth of Australia – District Register of Old-age Pension Claims 1909
June 2013
  • The Tail to the Century: Kilmore 1937 – 1953, Part 2 (Kilmore Free Press, 5 March 1953)
  • Elsie May Downing nee Marsh by Elizabeth Dillon-Hensby
December 2012
  • William Crilley 1861-1940 by Laele Pepper
  • Melbourne General Cemetery Tour
September 2012
  • An old time rider: Kilmore distinction (Kilmore Free Press 28 March 1935)
  • Men Poodles (Kilmore Free Press 27 April 1865)
March 2012
  • Development of local government in Kilmore by Grahame Thom
December 2011
  • The Life of James Crossley ny Jennifer Penman
  • The Easter encampment at Kilmore, 1911 (reprinted from The Kilmore Echo 1911 St Jospeh’s College school magazine) by Agnes Tobin
September 2011
  • Kilmore’s birth certificate by Francis Payne
June 2011
  • A. Skehan & Co. Funeral Directors
  • Tour of Mt William stone axe quarry
  • Vale Mary Clancy
  • History on the Net – Australian Newspapers, an update
March 2011
  • George Wilson (1811-1896) and the Merriang Shire Council by Allan Wilson
  • The First Inland Town in Victoria – a response by Graham Thom
December 2010
  • The First inland town in Victoria? Further reflections on the Kilmore claim to primacy by Geoff Hewitt MA
September 2010
  • James Warren – Watchmaker and pawnbroker c.1833-1877 by Heather Knight
  • Kilmore Public Cemetery Memorial Garden
June 2010
  • Glossary of Kilmore Hospital Day Book diagnoses by Francis Payne
March 2010
  • The Kilmore Hospital in the newspapers
  • The Origins of Kilmore Hospital by Laele Pepper (Descendant Thomas Roberts)
  • Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Kilmore Hospital
  • The Kilmore Hospital by Athmos
  • Robin Droogleever; Guest speaker
  • ‘That Ragged Mob’
  • History on the Web by Liz Pidgeon
  • Letters of a Nation Project by Liz Pidgeon
December 2009
September 2009
  • The Early Church in Kilmore Kilmore Free Press, Thursday 5 February 1914
  • Subscriptions Paid towards the Rev Father O’Rouke’s Monument Names of subscribers Kilmore Free Press 18 October 1866
  • Kilmore Dairy Company Lyn Boyd
  • Women and the vote in Victoria
  • The Missing soldiers of Fromelles Lambis Englezos and Tim Whitford
June 2009
  • The Semple Family by Barbara Wilson
  • Matron Mary Mackenzie Finlay by Liz Pidgeon
  • She Oak Hill to Lighwood Crossing
March 2009
  • The Old Doctor Dr William Henry Semple by Barbara Wilson
  • Thomas Vincent Hunt KIlmore’s connection to Pheasant Wood, Fromeliles, France
  • The Willomavin Road Board by Grahame Thom
  • The medical side of Family History by Liz Pidgeon
December 2008
  • Lazarus (Jacob) Berlowitz 1827-1902 by Laele Pepper
  • Private Timothy Leydon 5057 by Barbara Wilson
September 2008
  • 7 Gipps Street – the home of Kilmore cordial by Joanne McFadyen & Maxine Shea
  • Newspapers on the Web by Elizabeth Pidgeon (For an update see blog post “Kilmore Newspapers on the Web“, 24 Jan 2015)
June 2008
  • A Plea for judicial clemency  – including signatories to the petiton for clemency for David Gedge 1863,  from the Bylands, Kilmore and Wallan Wallan Districts by Anne Hanson
March 2008
  • Colonial Bank of Australasia – Kilmore Branch : a brief history of the bank at 1 Powlett Street: 1858-1882 by Heather Knight
  • Finding “lost” ancestors by Ken Joiner
  • Evans Family by Yvonne Parker
  • Wallders – Proudly 100 years old
December 2007
  • Thomas Roberts: resident of Kilmore 1848-1868 by Laele Pepper
  • Kilmore Directory September 1944
September 2007
June 2007
  • Kilmore Town Hall by Bill Hannan
  • Patrick Hickey’s shop and residence – 83 Sydney Street by Heather Knight
March 2007
  • The Joiner family in Kilmore by Ken Joiner
December 2006
  • Early Victorian settler Joel Cooper of Kilmore by Jenny Cooper
  • Local Directory 1928 (Office bearers of local clubs and institutions)
September 2006
  • There could not be a better place for making good beer: a history of brewing in Kilmore by Andrew T.T. Bailey
June 2006
March 2006
December 2005
  • Lauriston – a grand old dame by Heather Knight
September 2005
  • Thomas Huddlestone Slater by Jason Harley
  • Beavan Alfred Spurzherim : chemist, druggist, printer, journalist and editor by Lyn Nunn
June 2005
  • William Rutledge 1806-1878 by Liz Dillon-Hensby
March 2005
  • Fryerstown and its Kilmore connection by Elizabeth Pidgeon
  • Kilmore road names – updates/corrections by Elizabeth Pidgeon and Heather Knight
  • Visiting the new Victorian Archives Centre – by Barbara Wilson
  • British and Scottish wills online by Graham Thom
December 2004
  • Mitchell’s Town – the first inland town in Victoria? by Geoff Hewitt
September 2004
  • The Reverend William Singleton by Reverend Jennifer Inglis M.A
  • Little Boy lost : another family myth, blarney or the truth? by Roslyn Livingston-Schubert
June 2004
March 2004
December 2003
  • Helms Bros by Harold Ross
  • Kilmore House
September 2003
June 2003
March 2003
  • Tantaraboo Selector : the story of William & Caroline Knights by Heather Knight
December 2002
  • Kilmore in the past : article written for “The Kilmore Advertiser” by Finlay McNab in 1908
  • Maps on the internet
  • Dipping into the archives: Victorian benevolence (Kilmore Hospital)
  • A Walk down Kelly’s lane.
  • Patrick Kelly and Margaret Reddan
September 2002
  • The Victorian inquest index 1840-1985 : with a glimpse into inquest files.
  • Dipping into the Archives : in the beginning.  The Kilmore Hospital and history of medicine and nursing.
June 2002
  • Roderick McLeod: No Godless Goat of Wallan
March 2002
December 2001
  • Kilmore Rate Book 1901 – Kilmore Division (i.e. the township) –  Reproduced from the original book held in the Society’s collection.
September 2001
  • What’s in a name? Origins behind Kilmore’s street names.
June 2001
  • Roy William Johnston – a short autobiography
March 2001
  • Lest We Forget – Kilmore’s Adopted Sons: the story of Richard and his son Dick Camm, settlers in Kilmore in the 1930s who were both to perish during WW2, includes extracts of letters from a soldier.  (Updated 6th April 2004)
December 2000
  • Federation: the birth of our nation
  • Extracts pertaining to Federation from the The Kilmore Advertiser and Kilmore Free Press.
September 2000
  • The Beveridge’s of Kilmore and Swan Hill
  • M. K. Beveridge
June 2000
  • Kilmore Research Centre opens in Kilmore Courthouse
  • The last to leave: Reuben Ernest Knights
March 2000
  • A tribute to “Bunny” Harrington
  • Kilmore Anglican Parish, 1849-1999
  • The Reverend William Jones Singleton (1806-1875)
December 1999
September 1999

4 thoughts on “Newsletter”

  1. Hello, I am a relative of John Bourke Ryan, he died in a car crash in Kew in 1926-27, my mother was his only daughter, she was only 18 months old at the time, her mother my grandmother was norene Lavina, the same name as my mother,
    Mum has now passed away, and I would dearly love to have a photograph of my grandfather, and to see if I had any cousins,
    How would I go about trying to trace, the family, that may be still living, I do have records of births deaths etc, but not of the living family,
    can you help, my name is Jan lovell/willett, (Phone number removed by admin)
    thankyou if you can help.


    1. Hi Jan

      I am the Society’s research officer, sorry about delay in responding. Finding a living relative is a challenge. The best way is to advertise as much as possible, such as what you are doing now online. Also your situation is made more difficult as Ryan is a “common” name. Talk to all your known relatives. John Bourke Ryan was buried in Fawkner Cemetery in April 1928, search the site below. His death certificate should tell you the names of his children, This may make your search easier. Go to your local public library and borrow a family history book on researching in Australia.

      Best of luck



  2. Any info on James Greenough (alias Green) who is believed to have travelled from Yass as an assigned convict to Capt John Murchison around 1840 would be welcome. He had a Ticket of Leave for Kilmore district in 1840


    1. Hi Rod

      Thanks for contacting us. The three published histories of Kilmore & District make no mention of James. Capt Murchinson is not even mentioned. It is just too early. In fact Kilmore was not even named till 1841 at the time of the survey of the town. Your best chance is probably the early Victorian newspapers on Trove.

      Grahame Thom
      Research Officer


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