Our rich heritage on show

October 12, 2017

Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee members Robyn Slee, Cilla Duane, Marj Earl and Anne Tyson (front) are excited with the Open Day tour this month.

Thornebridge (Gregory’sHotel) in Murchison was a hotel once known as the ‘‘Mecca of the Valley’’ because of its four acres of gardens.

The former Moorilim Catholic Church is a red brick country church cleverly converted into a comfortable private dwelling.

Murchison’s Days Mill is the finest example of milling technology in working order in its original setting.

The Tatura Water Tower was constructed in 1912 to replace the town’s original iron tank.

A tour of the Fairley Downs Estate in Tallygroopna West will take participants to the slab hut and private graveyard of early squatter Sherbourne Sheppard (after whom Shepparton is named).

The local Afghani population, who mostly arrived in the area in 2005, raised more than $1 million for their mosque.

The Tallygaroopna Soldiers’ Memorial Hall is topped by a WWI German trench mortar, value at £2500. It costs more than Shepparton’s most famous statue.

Residents and visitors to Greater Shepparton will have an opportunity to visit heritage properties never before opened to the public, at an event this month.

The inaugural Heritage Open Day will have walks, talks, tours and visits with free buses to over 40 places of historic interest across the region.

‘‘We wanted to boost the profile of heritage in the area,’’ Heritage Advisory Committee secretary Anne Tyson said.

‘‘People often complain about how the post office was pulled down ... but forget about the rest of the important heritage in the region.’’

Highlights will include tours and visits to some of the region’s historic homesteads and hotels, halls, churches, mosques and other places of worship.

‘‘We’ll have a leaflet at every place providing a history and heritage significance of the site,’’ Mrs Tyson said.

‘‘This is the first time a municipality has ever done anything like this ... so it’s very exciting.’’

Some of the venues include Murchison’s Days Mill, the Dhurringile Mansion, the Tallygaroopna Soldiers Memorial Hall and SPC’s oldest remaining cool stores.

Council’s sustainable development acting director Geraldine Christou said the idea was inspired by the Open House Melbourne series.

‘‘You may have to make hard decisions as there is so much on offer and getting from one place to another takes time in an extensive municipality such as ours,’’ she said.

‘‘We have some very generous venue owners and proprietors who are offering access to their properties.’’

Booklets are available from the visitor centre, libraries and the council foyer. All bus tours, some walks and some visits will require bookings, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour and booking information is also available at www.greatershepparton. or by phoning the building and planning department on 58329730.

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