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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...

December 23, 2023

From the pages of the McIvor Times

FIRE, politics and the march of progress feature in this journey into the past. In 1873, one local family lost their house just before Christmas,...

December 9, 2023

The man who put Heathcote on the map

WHEN newly appointed district surveyor Philip Chauncy arrived in Heathcote in late September 1853, the McIvor diggings were less than a year old. William Bulling’s...

December 2, 2023

From the pages of the McIvor Times

SNAKES, alleged liquor licensing lawbreakers and the future of the Heathcote post office feature in this journey into the past. Changes to licensing laws in...

November 25, 2023

Saving Heathcote’s oldest building

HEATHCOTE’S oldest building has been fully-restored and is now home to critically-acclaimed restaurant Chauncy. But when Jasper Hill Winery proprietors Ron and Elva Laughton purchased...

November 18, 2023

The legacy of a lovable rogue

HENRY Rood Palling was one of Heathcote’s more prominent nineteenth century citizens and his larger-than-life persona inspired the naming of the present-day Palling Bros...

November 10, 2023

Heathcote Show art and craft competition results

Senior categories GARDEN AND FARM PRODUCE Trophy (donated in memory of the late Mr & Mrs F. Rowell): B. Mathieson, Blue ribbon, best exhibit: C....

November 10, 2023

Crowds flock to Heathcote Show

ORGANISERS have declared the 2023 Heathcote Show a resounding success after more than one-thousand two-hundred and fifty people came through the gates on Melbourne...

November 4, 2023

Looking back on the Heathcote Show

THE first Heathcote Spring Show took place on 15 November 1882. Its supporters, including the McIvor Times, hoped that competing for show honours would help...

September 30, 2023

From the pages of the McIvor Times

IN this month’s journey into the district’s past, 150-year-old warnings about snakes echo recent posts about reptilian dangers on local Facebook groups, and a...

September 15, 2023

It’s almost showtime!

AFTER three years of cancellations, the Heathcote Show is back on Tuesday 7 November and organisers say it’s shaping up to be bigger and...

September 9, 2023

Heathcote’s grand pastoral run

The Mount Camel Estate IN the 1840s, the wider Heathcote district was home to several large pastoral runs including what was then known as Mount...

September 2, 2023

Last train to Heathcote

Golden age of rail THE Melbourne and Hobson’s Bay Railway Company launched Australia’s first passenger railway in September 1854 with a four-kilometre track running from...

August 26, 2023

From the pages of the McIvor Times

A BROWSE through the McIvor Times over the past 150 years reveals an eclectic range of stories. From a search for a gun, to a...

August 18, 2023

Netball player marks double century of games

TARA Condon has just celebrated her two-hundredth game with Heathcote Football Netball Club with the current A Reserve player first taking to the court...