Office Bearers

We are a small team with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Susan Jennison – President

Susan Jennison is passionate about the Keilor community and has a strong interest in preserving its heritage. Susan was awarded the Order of Australia Medallist (OAM) in 2005, and has been instrumental in saving a number of significant landmarks throughout the municipality including Overnewton Gatehouse, the Old Shire Hall and the Keilor Village Library.

Les Norton – Vice President

Les was born in Melbourne, grew up in Bendigo and has lived in Keilor since 1975 and has a great love of Victorian history. A gastroenterologist, Rotary Club member, Life Member of KHS and keen yachtsman, Les is also the owner of Overnewton Castle, an icon of the Keilor district.

Susan LaMendola – Vice President

As a recent resident of Keilor, I was drawn to the area by its rich history. By joining the KHS I have furthered my knowledge of this picturesque village and its past culture. I have since found family connections to the area from during the gold rush and through my ancestral connections I feel like I have come home. I am a keen Genealogist and have an interest in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

John Jennison – Treasurer

John came to Keilor Village in the early 1950s, attended boarding school and studied Engineering at RMIT and became a qualified CPEng. Recently retired he has spent 50 years in the global newspaper industry in senior managerial positions. John’s practical experience and knowledge of Keilor brings a great contribution to the Society.

Aaron Magro – Secretary

Aaron grew up and lived in the Keilor area for much of his life. As a professional historian, Aaron brings his passion for history to the Society to advocate for the history of the Keilor region. Currently undertaking a doctorate at the University of Melbourne, his work primarily focuses on the history of the planning movement in Victoria and the projects that were abandoned or forgotten – one such being the Keilor railway. From time to time Aaron teaches history and planning across Victorian universities.

John Harrick – Public Officer

John joined KHS in 1991 and was intimately involved in the saving and restoration of Harrick’s Cottage, a local landmark in Harrick Road, Keilor. John is a direct descendent of James and Bridget Harrick – early settlers of Keilor. John has over thirty years of commercial experience and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants and former auditor of KHS.

Peter Ward – Contact Officer

Peter has been in and around the North-West suburbs of Melbourne all his life, including residing in Keilor for 37 years bringing up a family, and working in Tullamarine for 46 years. Peter was impressed by the passion and dedication of the Society’s members in recording, preserving and sharing the rich heritage of Keilor and its surrounding suburbs, and has been a member for some 25 years, having served in various committee positions including President for a couple of years. Peter is a member of The Institution of Engineers Australia.


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