December 8, 2021

Old Places

Where we study the past to define our future


There are currently 4 active writers. Some of us are employed in a full time capacity, and some of us are fortunate enough not to be.  But we all share a passion for history and write from our homes, coffee shops, public transport, parks and wherever else we can find a spare moment to scribble.

Richard Cooper
Richard is creator and owner of He is ongoing website designer, head writer, and managing editor. He is unsociable with his work colleagues during lunch and instead spends his time researching and writing. He has always had an interest for old things, writing and technology, but it was through the creation of this website in 2019 to publish information on the Inverlochy Castle Hotel that he begin to marry them together. In his spare time when he is not writing he enjoys spending time in his backyard at Wallan, working on a never-ending list of projects which may never be finished.

You can find articles written by Richard by clicking here.

Annie Carlin
Anne is a relic of old Wallan where her family has been established since the 1840s. She grew up there when roads were unmade, the horizon was open and free, and there was magic in the pure air. She’s no historian: she’s a writer who loves stories of the past.

You can find articles written by Annie here.

Connors Roberts
Connors came to Darraweit Guim as a teenager in the early 1970s, and was always interesting in the districts’ local history, in particular that of the sporting nature.  Over the years he has written several sports history books and similar, as well as being a contributor to other writers efforts. It has now been over 25 years since he left the district, but has maintained an interest in its fast disappearing local history.

You can find articles written by Connors here.

Grahame Thom
Grahame came to Wallan in 2000, a year before retirement. He has lived in Sydney, Canberra, Hobart and Camberwell and worked in the Commonwealth public service, first as an accountant then as a senior executive. As he has been interested in family and local history of many years, Grahame joined the Kilmore Historical Society and Kilmore & District U3A, and has been President of both. He is also on the international Council of the Clan MacThomas Society and is the Clan’s Sennachie (genealogist). He also tries to play golf.

You can find articles written by Grahame here.