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.
Open House Kilmore 2019
Ranging from humble, beautifully restored cottages to large institutions, five of Kilmore’s most historic buildings are open to the public for one day.
Saturday 27 April 2019
10am – 4pm
We are thrilled this year to be able to include beautiful Assumption College, built in 1891.
Tickets can be purchased at the Old Courthouse, 4 Powlett Street from 9.45am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. At this point we have no firm starting date for the project.
Victoria Thomas, of the Grimwade Institute at Melbourne University, came to Kilmore recently to provide a workshop on textile conservation and restoration. The workshop was attended by several members of KHS and other interested parties. We appreciate the assistance that this will provide in preserving our collection of historical clothing.
The winner of the framed copy of the 1856 Kilmore print was announced on Saturday. The raffle was won by Matt from Lancefield, currently living in Kilmore whilst renovating a 150 year old miner’s cottage in Lancefield. He was absolutely delighted and is looking forward to hanging the etching in his new home.
The print was made from an original etching drawn from a position on a hill overlooking the town. Many original buildings are readily identifiable.
Those who missed out on the raffle prize can still buy a framed copy from KHS.