Kilmore Courthouse can tell a few white-eyed stories, says Michael Challinger. Michael is the author of Historic Courthouses of Victoria which describes Kilmore Courthouse as once having had a ‘litigious reputation’.
Built in 1864 to replace the original timber courthouse which was destroyed by fire, the new building was inspired by the Renaissance and was made from bluestone. Michael says the building is unique in Victoria as it’s a court with “a lock-up and a lock-up keeper’s quarter … within the building”.
In 1916 the Country Court was discontinued for “lack of business”, yet petty sessions, and later a Magistrates’ Court, sat until 1990.
After the court closed, the building was handed over to be run by a committee of management. It sits under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and under this arrangement the courthouse is currently used by Kilmore Mechanics Institute, Kilmore Historical Society and Kilmore Celtic Festival.
* Michael Challinger, Historic Courthouses of Victoria, 2001, p108. Sourced from Kilmore Historical Society (online),https://kilmorehistory.wordpress.com/kilmore-courthouse/, accessed 21 August 2018.