Kilmore District Local Communities

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Kilmore Historical Society just added a new Local Communities page to our site under About Us.

The Society does not deliberately collect material in relation to the following local communities, although the Society will consider accepting donations of documents covering these communities where no historical society exists.

In addition to the items listed on the page, it is likely that there will be specific information on these communities in records that appear to be Kilmore items. For example, some localities will be referred to in local histories on Kilmore, and Wandong areas are covered for some periods in the Kilmore Shire Rate Books.

Communities listed include Beveridge, Broadford, Bylands, Clonbinane, Darraweit Guim, Donnybrook, Glenaroua, Heathcote Junction, Hidden Valley, High Camp, Kalkallo, Kilmore East, Lancefield, Mandalay, Moranding, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Tallarook, Tantaraboo, Tooborac, Tyaak, Upper Plenty, Wallan, Wallan East, Wandong and Willowmavin.

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Centenary of WW1; Kilmore Remembers: John Clifford Bowers

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Serial Number 11806

John was born in Kilmore in 1895, the son of Sylvester Bowers and Martha McKinley. He was in the senior cadets for one year, and was a labourer.

John, aged 21 years, enlisted at Melbourne on 18 September 1915. He embarked from Melbourne on Troop transport “Themistocles” on 28 January 1916 as a gunner, having trained at Castlemaine and Maribynong in December 1915. He was at Zeitoun in Egypt with the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column (DAC) on 4 March 1916 and was posted to Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force. He disembarked at Marseilles on 19 March and joined the 2nd DAC.

On 1 April John was admitted to the 5th Field Ambulance with slight concussion and by the 8 April was back with the 2nd DAC at Moulin Fontaine. He was again discharged from hospital on 1 May and joined 22nd Field Artillery at the end of April and was posted to 21st Battery in July 1916.

John was killed in action by shrapnel to the head and neck on 3 August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme, France. He received the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His effects were forwarded to his father Sylvester in Kilmore – wallet, steel mirror, diary and a letter.

John is buried at the Serre Road Cemetery, near Beaumont Hamel, France, and his name is recorded on the Shire of Kilmore Honour Roll which was unveiled by General Birdwood in April 1920, the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Honour Roll and the Kilmore War Memorial.

Reproduced in the North Central Review, 26 August 2014, p6

Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Centenary of WW1; Kilmore Remembers: William Paul Boland

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Serial Number 2338

William was born at High Camp in 1888. His parents were Patrick Boland and Judith (Johanna) Mooney. He married Mary Ann Latto Bett, an Australian nurse, at St. Marylebone Presbyterian Church, London, on 2 October 1918.

William, an agent aged 26 years, enlisted in the army on 6 May 1915 and was assigned to the 14th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements. He sailed for Alexandria, Egypt, on the “Grantully Castle” arriving on 23 October 1915. He was admitted to the “Dunluce Castle” at Mudros on the Greek Island of Lemnos in December with jaundice.

He rejoined his unit at Moascar, Egypt, in January 1916, but was admitted to the No 3 General Hospital in March with appendicitis and mumps.

William was promoted to Corporal in France on 17 September 1916, then to Sergeant in October and Warrant Officer in April 1917. He attended a Lewis gun school in July 1917, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 16 November 1917.

He was again in hospital in December 1918 with tonsillitis and was discharged back to Australia with recurrent tonsillitis in March 1919 where his engagement was terminated in July 1919.

William was awarded the Military Cross in May 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the Hindenburg line at Reincourt and was awarded a Bar to his Military Cross in May 1918 for leading a reinforcing party at great personal risk in France. His other medals include 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

William served in World War 2 and he died near Lancefield in 1976 aged 87 years. He is listed on the Shire of Pyalong Honour Roll.

Reproduced in the North Central Review, 26 August 2014, p6

Kilmore RSL: ANZAC Day Activities

Anzac Day, 25 April

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6.00 am – Dawn Service at the Kilmore War Memorial, Sydney Street, Kilmore.

10.30 am – Anzac Day March from the corner of Union & Sydney Streets to the Kilmore War Memorial at Foote & Sydney Streets.

11.00 am – Service at Kilmore War Memorial.

Wallan

9,00am – Anzac Day March from Wallan War Memorial in Hadfield Park to corner of Watson & High Streets then to corner of Queen & High Streets and return to War Memorial.

9.15am – Service at Wallan War Memorial.

Field of Remembrance

The Kilmore & Wallan Guides and Scouts are making white crosses with WWI veterans names that will be displayed in alphabetical order.  The names of veterans that appear on the memorials and various community honour rolls will be displayed.  Also names of veterans from elsewhere may be nominated by the public providing validation of the veteran with their Service Number.

Contacts (Kilmore RSL)

Tony Gill, President, 5783 2585 or 0438 389 690
John Sharley, Vice President, 5783 1145 or 0447 670 044

Guest Speaker 3 Mar 2015: Susan Johns – Preserving Family History

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KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 3 MARCH 2015

Our March General Meeting will be held at the Kilmore Court House, 4 Powlett Street, on 3 March at 7:30 pm.

Make sure to attend and hear from guest speaker, Susan Johns who will give a talk about Preserving Family History.

Susan is a consultant on scrapbooking and paper craft.

The meeting will end at approximately 9pm and be followed by supper.

All members and non-members are welcome to attend.