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Heathcote McIvor Historical Society Heathcote, Victoria

Historical Society rooms where we hold records of the Heathcote McIvor District, BDM's Cemetery Registers War Records McIvor Times Newspapers on Microfilm & maps of the district etc,and the Museum is housed in our historic 150 year old lockup on Camp Hill, containing memorabillia from 1853 onwards.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 104 Heathcote Victoria 3523 (map)
+61 03 5433 3776


Opening Hours

10 am - 3.p.m. Wednesdays, Public Holidays or group tours by appointment.

Entry Fee

Gold coin donation


19 Herriot Street Heathcote Victoria

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rodney watson 2 October 2011 10:51 PM

I wonder if any of you fine folk have come across any instances of the McIvors from Haddon (Ballarat ) I have a birth certificate (copy) of Clarence Purcell McIvor born:December 18th 1907 but it does not come up on a search of the Vic BDM site , I'm at my wits end trying to find this fellow. Rod Watson Albany W.A

Bryan Burton 19 March 2012 4:47 PM

I am a descendant of the Fletcher family who ran a bakery in the main street in Heathcote, and visited there with my father in 1951. Some years later I returned but the bakery was gone. I think it was replaced by a service station. Do you have any information on the bakery or the family?

Annette O'Donohue 28 March 2012 11:52 AM

Hi, We are planning to visit Tooborac in a couple of weeks to look up family details on the COLSTON family. We in particular would like to know the location of the old blacksmith shop at Tooborac during the late 1800's. Do you think there is anyone who could assist us. Our Visit will be on a weekend.

Keith Bailey 22 July 2012 1:56 PM

Have you any details on my uncle, Jack Bailey, who once owned the McIvor Times newspaper? My dad Ken worked for him about 1937-38 before leaving for Shepparton, then Melbourne.

Uncle Howard 14 October 2012 3:49 PM

Mia Mia just to the south of Heathcote has a number of historical relics. Not just the people but some artifacts. E.g. the bluestone ruins of the Mia Mia Inn at which Wills stayed and Burke fled. Some locals are seeking to sign Lavender's Hill, which starts at the Railway bridge and runs 3kms to the volcanic plateau. If anybody had some anecdotes or stories about the original family we would like to add them to our case for having the hill recognized by VicRoads./ Just reply to this email address [email protected]

(Barrie) Neil Kilpatrick 21 October 2012 1:53 PM

I am Neil Kilpatrick, son of Barrie Fletcher Kilpatrick who was the Presbyterian Minister in Heathcote from 1963-1968. I attended Heathcote Primary during those times up to grade 5. I have more recently discovered that my great grandfather Robert Solomon Kilpatrick is buried in the Heathcote cemetery but am unable to find records of the location of his grave and whether his wife Matilda Tweedie is also buried there. Can you help?

Judith Sowden 15 November 2012 12:00 PM

I wonder if you have any information on Moorahbee Station farmed by James Lloyd Hassell and his wife Susan from about 1854 to 1859. 4 of their children were born there; Jame, Susan Annie, Adam and Lloyd

June Torcasio 16 January 2013 4:46 PM

I like your photographs and the handy Google map. Do you have any detailed information on the construction of the Mia Mia Presbyterian Church which opened in 1872? Who was employed? Benjamin Flee was the contractor and Archibald McAlpin supervised the construction (as far as I know). I would also like to find out when Archibald selected land at Emu Flat and built his home in the district.

Mrs Leigh Hanna 4 February 2013 3:12 PM

I am a descendant of Thomas Young, a mine manager at the Bombay Mine. His family house was called "Cliveden". I was woondering if the house still exists

James and Maria Dalziel 11 March 2013 9:47 PM

Hello we are descendants of James and Mary Dalziel from Heathcote and Costerfield. We would like to come and visit over Easter public holidays. Are you open? I know Mary was a shopkeeper and James was a blacksmith and then owned several mines in the area. I am looking for any information from anyone. I have done quite a lot of research myself :)

Tammy Jones 15 March 2013 8:38 AM

I am a descendant of Lars Westblade and Bridget Coughlan(Madden) who owned and operated the Mia Mia Inn in 1857.Bridget owned the Inn before this, her first husband Michael Madden died. I am seeking any information that you have on them.

Graeme Symington 2 June 2013 2:37 PM

I am researching Richard Charles Darton who was postmaster at Heathcote c. 1908-1913. He was on many committees and was associated with several sporting clubs at Heathcote, notably the St. Andrews Presbyterian church football club, also involved with shooting cricket and tennis. I am seeking photographs of Charles Darton, either as an individual or in team photographs. His son Will was in the St. Andrews junior football sides of 1909 and 1910. Many thanks.

vicki 13 August 2013 4:35 PM

I am trying to find information about Constable Patrick Mansfield who served at Heathcote Police Station from about 1860's on. He is mentioned many times in the old newspapers giving evidence in the Police Court. Can you guide me as to how I can search for more information.

Suzanne Ryan 24 September 2013 10:14 AM

I am linked by family to James Patrick Delaney who I believe served as a police constable in Heathcote for many years. Am looking for information on the family, who he married and any children in particular.

Kevin Reed 24 September 2013 5:34 PM

Would anyone have photos of the Heathcote and/or Costerfield Football teams that played against each other in the 1905 HDFL grand Final. Heathcote won.

David Kirk 1 December 2013 12:25 PM

I have traced my family tree back to a David Kirk, born in Dumfries Scotland 1st September 1816. I have established that he passed away in Heathcote, Victoria during June 1888. The reason I am writing to you is whether or not there is a grave, and any mention of a family. I am trying to find out if our family name died with him. Any help or assistance you could possible provide, would be greatly appreciated.

Lynn Blackbell 16 January 2014 5:18 PM

I am planning a visit to Heathcote and I would like to know your hours of opening. I am currently searching my family tree and I am interested in the family of Arthur Lease. Thanks Lynn

4 September 2014 2:37 PM

I am researching my maternal grandmother's family, the Cravens of Heathcote. My granmother was Annie Frances and she had a number of siblings, Ada Sabina, Matt Robson, Tom, Bell, Eileen, Mary, Gertrude, Alice Doll and Nance. Matt was awarded the Militray Medal for an act of bravery in France in 1917. He was Captain of the Cohuna Football Club 1st XVIII prior to going to war. Any informaton on the family would be appreciated.

14 October 2014 12:35 AM

Trying to find info on Thomas O'Meara who resided in the Heathcote area 1850's, married Ann or Annie Fitzpatrick. Had daughters Margaret- born abt 1868, Ellen born abt 1871 plus more children. Any help greatly appreciated.

14 October 2014 11:33 AM

I am looking for any information I can get on an "Ellen Thomson/Thompson" who on her marriage cert in Kilmore put born McIvor. Her father is down as George Thompson,mother Ellen Steanen,we think.

Margargreatet 2 November 2014 2:19 PM

I am looking for information on the O'Brien and O'Meara families. My great great grandfather was James O'Brien a former councillor/mayor of Heathcote.

Margargreatet 2 November 2014 2:19 PM

I am looking for information on the O'Brien and O'Meara families. My great great grandfather was James O'Brien a former councillor/mayor of Heathcote.

Margargreatet 2 November 2014 2:19 PM

I am looking for information on the O'Brien and O'Meara families. My great great grandfather was James O'Brien a former councillor/mayor of Heathcote.

Margargreatet 2 November 2014 2:20 PM

I am looking for information on the O'Brien and O'Meara families. My great great grandfather was James O'Brien a former councillor/mayor of Heathcote.

Margaret 2 November 2014 2:44 PM

I am a descendant of James O'Brien and Thomas O'Meara. I am researching both families and looking for information to add to my research.

Margaret 2 November 2014 2:56 PM

I am a descendant of James O'Brien and Thomas O'Meara researching our family history. James was a Heathcote councillor/mayor Thomas had the contract for the Costerfield mail run.Any information about both families would be appreciated

Judith Ballard 5 November 2014 4:28 PM

A book about MIA MIA is to be launched 30 November 2014, 11am, at the new Fire Station. My father was descended from the DWYER family who lived in Mia Mia and the FERGUSON/CLELLAND families from Heathcote. would love to see this museum but won't be in the area on a Wednesday.

Judith Ballard 5 November 2014 4:29 PM

Sorry, don't know why my item is in such large type.

Patricia Doherty 20 November 2014 1:42 PM

I am a great-great granddaughter of Michael Madden & Bridget Coughlan - if Tammy Jones is interested I can give her a copy of the family tree of Lars Westblade/Bridget Madden. Also have a copy of the Parish of Langwornor Resurvey she might be interested in. Will be in Mia Mia on the 30th.

Warren Smith 24 November 2014 10:11 PM

Hi all, I'm a descendant of Lars Westblade who is seeking info on the Westblades. I may be able to help if you're doing the same. Thanks!

Warren Smith 24 November 2014 10:11 PM

Hi all, I'm a descendant of Lars Westblade who is seeking info on the Westblades. I may be able to help if you're doing the same. Thanks!

Lisa Hewitt 12 December 2014 11:18 AM

I am doing some family research and believe that I have quite a few family members from the Heathcote area. My Great great great Grandfather was Jean Baptiste Adolphe Charry who I believe is buried at Heathcote. Do you have any information on any Charrys and the Mackays (Jean Baptistes wife who was Mary Ann Mackay)? Would love to find out anything Thankyou

Kathryn 25 January 2015 9:48 PM

Hello, I am looking for any information on Sydney Albert Cooke who was born in Heathcote in 1907 (son of Albert Sydney Cooke I believe) and I think ended up living in the Brighton area. Any information would be great. Thanks, Kathryn.

Kathryn 25 January 2015 9:48 PM

Hello, I am looking for any information on Sydney Albert Cooke who was born in Heathcote in 1907 (son of Albert Sydney Cooke I believe) and I think ended up living in the Brighton area. Any information would be great. Thanks, Kathryn.

Jan Davey 4 May 2015 2:38 PM

I am looking for any information/photos on James Tunnicliffe who moved to Heathcote in 1857, also wife Mary Ann who died in 1900. They were my great-great grand-parents on my mothers side. For family tree. With thanks.

ber yle mason 15 May 2015 4:16 PM

I am a g daughter Of Lars Westblade I have info on the family and am willing to help any one looking for records.

ian arbuthnott 16 July 2015 2:21 PM

donate old locks & keys from old mortuary & Perry Bros tools of Trade etc etc.

Eliz Murfitt 16 July 2015 3:14 PM

To Ian Arbuthnott, If you contact me via the above email Museum Curator for the Heathcote McIvor Historical Society Inc Cheers Eliz

Valerie Jones 6 August 2015 1:27 PM

I am looking for the Wilson family or any details of the area Argyle come up in my research.8

rod giri 8 October 2015 10:36 AM

hello. woundering what your hours if I can come visit. also I had a frank giri at the knowsley railway station 1907 for many years and ther was a wood mill at the station belonged to the giri's . do have any information that? also any other giris around heathcote. thanks rod giri mobil 0428394771

Brian O'Sullivan 14 December 2015 11:00 AM

I am trying to find out as much as I can about my family from Knowsley and their farm "Moiradale". My grandfather William O'Sullivan and his wife Elizabeth nee Evans ran it from around 1923 until late 30s I think after running the Knowsley general store.

Elizabeth Murfitt 20 December 2015 3:34 PM

To Brian O'Sullivan, re O'Sullivan family history request can you contact me via email [email protected]

Jill Ray 6 January 2016 8:05 PM

Hello, I'm tracing John and Mary Travers who resided in Kyneton Road, Heathcote from the 1850's until their deaths around 1910. I believe there is a street named after them as well. Any information would be gratefully received at [email protected] Their daughter Susannah Travers married John Michael Corby from Kyneton. Any information on the Corby family if known would be appreciated too. Cheers, Jill

Margot Dwyer 8 February 2016 9:46 AM

Please advise the cost of having details searched in your records. I am an aged pensioner and have limited funds, but would like to know more about some relatives "Melotte" thank you. Margot

Elizabeth Murfitt 8 February 2016 10:42 AM

To Margot, can you send me details of your request for Melotte research to the above email address. Cheers Eliz. Research officer Heathcote McIvor Historical Society Inc

Elizabeth Murfitt 8 March 2016 8:34 AM

Can all please include their email address when posting requests for information as it is easier to return the information

Jan Williams 15 March 2016 2:24 PM

I have a GGgreatgrandfather buried in Heathcote Cemetery paupers grave Jan 1869 he had been in the colony 2months. His name was Edward Thomas Williams...he had 3 children (teenagers then) Edward, Thomas, Caroline. Caroline had a guardian Septimes Martin? Edward Thomas was a ships what was happening in Heathcote/McIvor in 1869 that drew him there? Gold? Wasn't that over? I know this is a lot to ask...but any little bit of information would help. The kids ended up in Melbourne one of them marrying my GGGreat grandmother. I don't know who the informant was on the death certificate but do think it was someone who knew him and him them. Thanks very much Jan Williams

Rex Stewart 5 July 2016 5:31 PM

Re Jan Davey inquiry on Tunnecliffe.. contact [email protected] may have some info

Marilyn Andre 14 November 2016 12:21 PM

I am doing my daughter in law's family tree. The Prince family settled in Heathcote, William Edgar Prince F1866 d: 1955 Heathcote married Ruth Harris d: 1945 Heathcote. They had five children, Annie , Flora, Norman, Mavis and Ruth all died in Heathcote. William Prince, I believe was a Railway Manager. Would love any stories, photos or information. Many thanks Marilyn

Eliz Murfitt 14 November 2016 12:38 PM

I am research officer for the Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, if marilyn would like to email me I will return info to her regarding the Prince Family Cheers Eliz

Linda Mayer 10 January 2017 11:54 AM

Hello could you please give me a phone regards to a contact for "Back to Costerfield". My Mother who is the great granddaughter of Pioneers -The Gardner and Robinson families is wanting to visit. We all used to attend this get together years and years ago. Much appreciated thankyou. From Linda Mayer

Elizabeth Murfitt 10 January 2017 12:52 PM

To Linda Mayer I don't have any information regarding the Back to Costerfield, you may have to contact the Visitor Information center at Hathcote, or the City of Greater Bendigo Heathcote Officer.

Erin O'Sullivan 5 April 2019 6:56 PM

Any relatives like to contact me via ,great grandparents of White Park Homestead,kyneton rd..

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Water Trough

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Concrete Water Trough, oblong in shape has small dog trough attached to side.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back is a plaque with the inscription "DONATED BY ANNIS AND GEORGE BILLS. AUSTRALIA"

Chamber Pot

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Cream Glazed Porcelain Chamber Pot with butterfly wings and floral swag design on both sides with design extending into inside rim. handle has fine gold line around edge

Inscriptions & Markings

on base of pot. Detroit, Stoke on Trent, 35. (85) with UT below the 85 on edge of pot. 1969 with a cresent moon shape above. a dash with thre pear shapes. with a bow and quiver trademark

Napkin Ring

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Silver napkin Ring, has inscribed on face "Presented by the Heathcote Orchestra 1-7-01 and on reverse RJG

Inscriptions & Markings

Has inscription on face and reverse also silver marks for Birmingham England William Davenport

Printing Press

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Large cast Iron print press

Historical information

Used by McIvor Times to print the local newspapters the Rodney Advertiser and McIvor News in Heathcote McIvor 1853-1941


It is significant to heathcote as it has provided the early gold mining community of the McIvor District with the current news of the day.

Inscriptions & Markings

has maufactures details Hopkinson Cope and a badge with 1879 on front with a crest

Rat Trap

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Large Wooden Rat Trap made from two pieces of Shaped wood that are pinned together solid construction with large metal spring.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Memorial booklet - Silk Memorial Booklet Death of King Edward VII 6 May 1910

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Piece of cream silk printed on face and inside, screen printed in purple and black ink on front and inside the order of service. details of all ministers of religion and shire dignitries as well as hyms sung.

Historical information

Created for the memorial service that was held on friday 20th may 1910, held in front of the shire hall in Heathcote to honour king edward VII who died on the 6th may 1910 at 2.30 p.m. this was arranged by the local ministers of religion at the request of the president and councillers of the shire of McIvor.


Believed to be the only one in exsistence, after intesive research have been unable to come up with any information, from the shire, local churches or senior members of the community,only mention was in the Bendigo Advertiser newspaper.research in to archives further afield have not produced another.

Inscriptions & Markings

"McIvor Times" Print, Heathcote on left hand side below main print. in black ink

Horse Collar

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Horse collar worn around neck of Horse as part of equipment used to help pull heavy loads handmade leather filled with straw, inside covered with soft hide to prevent chaffing on horses neck. would have been for a clydesdale or draught horse.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible signs

Day Book - Book

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Day book, oblong, leather cover,

Historical information

Believed to be long to Routledge Brothers who ran a general store business in heathcote. They also owned a sawmill and quartz crushing battery.


one of three books donated to the Museum, were found by the donors father back in the late 1960's while he was working on renovations to a building in heathcote these books had been thrown onto a pile of builders rubble, he retrieved them. when he passed away some years later his son found them while clearing out his effects, have travel through several house changes till 2010 when the son was doing a cleanup and the books were found again he contacted the Historic Society, date back to first settlement of Heathcote, inside writing is in excellient condition, as if it were written yeaterday. give a daily account of purchases by us an insight into persons living and working in Heathcote McIvor district. Not many early items of this era left .

Inscriptions & Markings

Day book gold blocked on front cover

Fence Strainer

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Dog bone wire strainer were used in tightening vineyard trellis wires. made from cast iron, shaped like a dog bone.with teo holes at each end for wires to be pased through

Inscriptions & Markings

"WALKERS" stamped in middle of strainer

Lid from Ship Tank

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Large cast iron circular lid from a ship tank.Tanks used for storage onboard ships transporting goods from England to Australia.

Bank Chest/Safe

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Large cast Iron bank Safe/Chest painted brown with gold trim large lock (not Original)

Inscriptions & Markings

No marking on or inside safe

Ruby Lamp

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

portable folding darkroom lamp, folds flat for transport and storage sides are of waxed material or paper. square metal top and base where a candle sits in circular cup

Inscriptions & Markings

inscribed of face of lamp is a shape with TON inside square. patent 5564/1900 on tin base

Roll of Honour - Presbyterian Church Honour Roll

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Handpainted and Calligraphed Honour Roll from the Presbyterian Church at Heathcote. List of men who served in WWI. in wooden frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

List of soldiers who served in WWI


Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Large Insulator made of porcelain on a cement base. Sat on Top of Telegraph Pole to carry electric wire.

Police Tunic

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Police Tunic made in Australia dates from 1947 Dark navy wool Tunic and trousers, fully lined with ticking cotton. 10 silver buttons and belt. with victoria Police badges on each sholder. sargents stripes on each sleeve.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in Australia

mattress - Horse hair mattress

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Horse hair mattress made of calico outer cover, leather buttons. dispersed over body of mattress

Historical information

Owned by R.A. Brewster who was in the Royal Australian Navy on board HMS Kanimbla 1939-1947


The matress came into our possession through local op shop. Mr. Brewsters daughter visited the Museum and in seeing the mattress mentioned that her father had lived in Heathcote.Till then we didnit know the history of the item.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name R.A. Brewster R.A.N stamped on underside of matterss

Malt Weighs

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

brass malt pawn weights set of 7 cast in th shape of chess pawn pieces, brass colour each has marks on top and at the base

Inscriptions & Markings

C P on bace

Man's Suit - clothing

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

3piece man's suit, navy blue with pale blue and grey pin stripe,wool woosted material fully lined with silk tafeta.

Historical information

Edwin Parr Hood cam to heathcote in 1891. at the age of twenty he had already leaned the tailors trade.He set up his business in High Street opposide the Mt. Ida Hotel. he advertised his stocks of mens clothing in the McIvor Times.


2 suits made by E. P. Hood donated to the Museum by a local family whose father had purchased the suits in Heathcote. Worn on several occasions in and around the district of Heathcote.

Inscriptions & Markings

has label on back of inside jacket collar E P Hood /Heathcote

Police Troopers Helmet - Helmet

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Police Helmet made of leather or hide, black in colour, lined with brown textured material in layers. has band attached. no badge but holes where number would have been on front and top

Inscriptions & Markings

inside rim signature of owner and in bowl of helmet is a blue label not able to read. 21 3/4" written in blue

Drum - Bass Drum

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

Bass Drum made of wood and skin, with brass fittings. rope and leather stretchers around barrel

Historical information

Drum has been in Historic Society for many years no history known till 2010 when a visitor donated several photographs to society .one with the bass drum in front of group of Heathcote Brass Band members.


only item known still in exsistance from the brass band dated from 1890-1930 in Heathcote.

Inscriptions & Markings

No markings or name of maker visible

Glass Slides - Photographic

Heathcote McIvor Historical Society, Heathcote

set of 9 Glass Plate Slides in original box. photographs of Heathcote McIvor

Historical information

Belonged to Percy Webber who took the slides while he was parish priest of the church of england in Heathcote in 1893.


these Glass slides are only known original pictures still in original box 9 in total taken in 1893 of the various views around heathcote.

Inscriptions & Markings

on lid of box Gravura Lantern plates