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June 23, 2024

Heathcote’s Union Hotel: the early days

THE Union Hotel is one of only two nineteenth century watering holes still operating in Heathcote, the other being the Commercial Hotel. At one stage...

June 17, 2024

The weather outside is frightful

EVERY year in late May, a sharp wind whistles up High Street, Heathcote, stripping the last burgundy leaves from the claret ash trees and...

June 9, 2024

Back to Heathcote 1925

THE King's Birthday long weekend sees many people travel to the district for Heathcote on Show. But while the modern wine industry has heightened public...

June 2, 2024

From the pages of the McIvor Times

140 Years Ago Published 2 May 1884 A mud storm A STRANGE phenomenon, in what is described as a mud storm, was experienced at Heathcote and locality,...

May 3, 2024

International touch down for Heathcote player

HEATHCOTE'S Gabe Bradshaw is about to don the green and gold as part of the national under 20s gridiron team, the Australian Outback. He's taking...

April 28, 2024

From the pages of the McIvor Times

140 years ago Published 18 April 1884 To the Editor of the McIvor Times Sir, -- The late secretary of the Acclimatisation Society made a fatal mistake...

April 21, 2024

Local soldiers help defend Australia

DESPITE the gathering clouds of war in Europe, the McIvor Times was largely preoccupied with local issues until mid 1939. But amid stories of council...

April 14, 2024

Stepping out at the Easter parade

BY 1915 Heathcote's Easter Hospital Fete had been a semi-regular part the district calendar for more than 40 years. This was the 22nd event since...

April 7, 2024

Remembering Redcastle

REDCASTLE was once a thriving mining centre with its own township, but these days it's a rural district where sheep graze and wine grapes...

April 7, 2024

Remembering Redcastle

REDCASTLE was once a thriving mining centre with its own township, but these days it's a rural district where sheep graze and wine grapes...

March 31, 2024

From the pages of the McIvor Times

140 years ago Published 7 March 1884 Snake encounter A snake of the brown species was pluckily killed on Saturday afternoon last by Elizabeth Herman, who was...

March 24, 2024

The early days of a bluestone beauty

THE TOOBORAC Hotel has been a landmark since it was built in the late 1850s. In its early days, the sturdy bluestone walls provided respite...

March 19, 2024

Making a difference

SINCE January 2016, Heathcote's Never Give Up Group has been raising money to help support people living with Motor Neurone Disease. The last ever MND...

March 17, 2024

Help keep Heathcote Show happening

HEATHCOTE'S agricultural show society is looking for a new secretary. Society president Alan Harris said it was a fantastic opportunity for someone to become involved...

February 24, 2024

From the pages of the McIvor Times

February features bank closures, road closures and planning permits.

In 1884, the Commercial Bank’s plan to abandon Heathcote was overturned after a successful campaign by...

February 17, 2024

Keeping Heathcote’s past under lock and key

THE old stone lock-up which stands on Camp Hill at Heathcote was an 1860 addition to the original Government Camp established in 1853. Today it...

February 10, 2024

Thomas Craven: Heathcote’s early entrepreneur

THOMAS Craven arrived in Heathcote in the early 1850s as part of the initial rush to the McIvor diggings. He quickly realised the much greater...

February 2, 2024

MND Superchallenge ends in final hurrah

SEVENTY-FIVE bowlers rolled up on Australia Day for the Never Give Up Group’s ninth and final MND Superchallenge at Heathcote Bowling Club. They came from...

January 27, 2024

From the pages of the McIvor Times

FIRE, fashion and a milestone birthday, along with a grumble about the poor quality of council contractors, feature in this journey into the past. In...

January 20, 2024

Wowsers versus wine: The booze battle for Heathcote

FOR many people modern-day Heathcote is synonymous with wine. Viticulture is central to the region’s economy and prosperity, with cellar doors attracting tourists and award-winning...

January 12, 2024

The colourful character who helped build Heathcote

JAMES Crowle was a prominent nineteenth century Heathcote identity and his exploits featured regularly in the pages of the McIvor Times and its predecessors. Born...

January 6, 2024

Heathcote remembered part two

IN NOVEMBER 1913 the McIvor Times published a short history of the Heathcote district. This second extract mentions an 1853 robbery which netted thieves 2223...

December 31, 2023

A look back at 2023

January All about sport THE new year started with a roar as power-boat enthusiasts gathered for the Eppalock Gold Cup. In a day jam-packed with speed and...

December 30, 2023

Heathcote remembered part one

IN NOVEMBER 1913 the McIvor Times published a short history of the Heathcote district. This first extract covers early European settlement with its vast pastoral...