Keilor steps back in time

Bev Ellis and John Jennison at Harrick's Cottage.

By Tate Papworth

Historic Harrick’s Cottage will be open to the public later this month in a celebration of Keilor.

The Keilor Historical Society will be hosting its annual open day at the cottage, with president Susan Jennison enthused about what visitors will be offered.

“This year we’ll have three exhibitions on show,” she said.

“We’ll have banners telling the story of [Keilor pioneer] William Taylor … and we’ll also have a series of photographs on life in Keilor Village.”

There’ll also be activities to get creative juices flowing.

“We’ve created colouring books featuring Keilor icons which can be enjoyed by both kids and adults,” Ms Jennison said.

“We’ve featured sites such as the Maribynong River, the Keilor Hotel and Overnewton Castle.”

Visitors will be invited to take a look around the historic cottage which was built in the early 1860s.

Harrick’s Cottage is in its own right significant to Keilor because of its association with James Harrick, a councillor of long standing on Keilor Shire Council from 1898 to 1910.

It’s also significant because of its links with the sub-division and agricultural settlement of the Keilor region.

The open day will be held on Saturday, March 23, from noon-4pm at the cottage, which is located on Harrick Road, Keilor Park.

Entry will be by a gold coin donation and afternoon tea will be provided.