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Guest Speaker 2 May 2017: Fay Woodhouse: The Enterprising Mr MacGregor – Pioneer Pastoralist

Photo: View of an Australian Farm Author/Creator: Samuel Calvert 1828-1913, engraver. Contributor(s): Jones H. Carse artist. Publisher: Melbourne : Ebenezer and David Syme Date: December 27, 1869 State Library of Victoria

“The Enterprising Mr MacGregor – Pioneer Pastoralist” is the topic of our upcoming meeting on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.30 pm in the Kilmore Courthouse.

Fay Woodhouse from Romsey has written a book on Duncan MacGregor, who arrived in Australia as a 22 year old in 1857, trying his luck as a shepherd in a new country and realising the potential for breeding cattle, sheep and horses in the harsh Australian climate – with the right pedigree. He farmed at Riddells Creek and Darraweit Guim, amongst other enterprises.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 and end at approximately 9 – 9:30, with time for questions and general business.

Supper will be served after the meeting and all are welcome to participate.

Everyone is welcome to come and hear Fay tell the story of this ambitious Scottish Highlander.

Guest Speaker 8 Nov: Allan Wilson – The Wilsons of Darraweit Guim



In keeping with its excellent program of guest speakers at General Meetings, the Kilmore Historical Society is pleased to welcome Allan Wilson to its next meeting on Tuesday 8th November at 7.30 pm in the Kilmore Courthouse.

Allan is a descendant of George Wilson who purchased land from The Crown at Darraweit Guim in 1857. He subsequently acquired all the land east of Deep Creek and No 3 Creek at Darraweit and called the property initially Rutherglen. It was changed to Ruglen because of confusion with the town of Rutherglen in northern Victoria.


He is also descended from Cornelius and Mary Ann Francis who built the Darraweit Guim store in 1864. Mary Ann continued to run the store for 47 years after the drowning of her husband in Deep Creek in 1870.

Allan, who currently lives in Shepparton, has published the early history of the Wilson family “The George Wilsons of Darraweit Guim”.

Everyone is welcome to the meeting which is our last general meeting for 2016. Supper will be served following the meeting.

Note that this is the second Tuesday in the month – altered because of the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday.

Further information : kilmorehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Kilmore District Local Communities


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.