Procession to lay flowers

Despite cold rainy weather, hundreds attended the Annual pilgrimage to the Italian Ossario at the Murchison Cemetery.


Flowers on the monument

The colourful pageantry was added to with many colours of assorted umbrellas but the weather didn’t seem to deter those that had travelled from long distances, some from interstate but mostly from Melbourne Italian Clubs and communities.

The formal proceedings included a speech from City of Greater Shepparton Cr. Bruce Giovanetti who also laid a wreath representing the people of Shepparton.


Cr. Bruce Giovanetti

The Murchison Lions Club was very supportive, with the surrounds in good order and on the day providing fresh flowers from Murchison Flower Farm for the attendees. The Club also organised for the Community Centre to be open so everyone could shelter from the rain and cold instead of the usual picnic in the gardens. Music soon filled the hall and many kicked up their heels and danced the afternoon away!

It is wonderful to see so many coming to this unique place each year to remember those Italian Internees and Prisoners of War who died on Australian soil during the Second World War.  The Ossario is the last resting place for 129 men and one woman of Italian descent, who passed away behind barbed wire in Camps all over Australia and whose remains were retrieved many years later to be together in one place here at the Ossario in Murchison.


Dignitaries at the Ossario

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Murchison’s Heritage Centre was a hive of activity during History Week. From Sunday 16th October to Sunday 23rd October the Centre was open each day and approximately 200 visitors enjoyed seeing our displays, finding out about their own family history and history of the district.

A large group from The Caravan Muster staying in Shepparton came down by coach for the day and experienced a History Meander around Murchison. Kay Ball hopped on the bus to provide the visitors with commentary as the coach toured the town taking in the site of the Aboriginal Protectorate, historic Aboriginal graves and the Ossario. The group then returned to the Heritage Centre for morning tea and information about the Murchison Meteorite and time to enjoy the displays in the Gallery.  Over their lunch break they were free to wander around the gardens, reading the interpretive signage about many things of interest. After lunch, back on the coach to hear about our irrigation history, a look at the site of Camp 13 and hear the story of the POW and Internment camps in the area. Our visitors tell us they had a great day.

A highlight of History Week celebrations was the launch of the 2nd edition of Warwick Finlay’s book Winter-Irving. This book tells the story of a pioneering family who have left a legacy of significant homesteads throughout the Goulburn Valley, most notably Noorilim south of Murchison. A special event for members was held at Noorilim to officially launch the new book and to herald the beginning of History Week. It was a wonderful evening and our guest presenter to launch the book was History Researcher, Anne Tyson who gave an excellent overview of the book and the context of the story. Several people commented that they learnt a lot listening to Anne as she introduced the book.


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Sandra Winter-Irving, Anne Tyson, Warwick Finlay and Andrew Winter-Irving at the launch at Noorilim


An afternoon tea on the following Friday at the Heritage Centre gave members of the public opportunity to hear about the new Winter-Irving book as well. It was very well received and there were lots of complimentary comments.


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Kay Ball (Joint Editor), Warwick Finlay (Author) and Marg Lock (Joint Editor) at the Heritage Centre


The book can be purchased from the Heritage Centre which is open each Saturday morning 10 am – 12.30 pm. The book sells for $18. If you would like the book to be mailed to you, simply ring Kay on 5826 2518 to arrange this.

The Murchison and District Historical Society is grateful for assistance from City of Greater Shepparton Council to stage this eventful History Week.

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History Week   –  Sunday 16th to Sunday 23rd October

Heritage Centre, 4 Stevenson Street Murchison open every day 11 am to 2 pm

Entry gold coin donation

Special event:  Join us for afternoon tea on Friday 21st at 2.30pm to celebrate the launch of 2nd edition of Warwick Finlay’s book :  Winter-Irving

Enquiries & RSVP: murchison-historical-society@hotmail.com

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Goulburn Weir

The highest rainfall on record has been recorded for the month of September in our area. Water is cascading over the Goulburn Weir and the powerful volume is surging down the river, making the level very high at Murchison.


Goulburn Weir 30th September 2016


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An opportunity for family fun at Day’s Mill this Sunday. The farming complex will be open from 10.30am – 1.30pm and entry is free. Come along and experience 150 years of perfectly preserved history, a fine example of milling technology still in its original setting.

days-mill     The Mill from the rear


Day’s Mill house

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Heritage Centre Open on Regular Basis

Now that spring is here and members are returning from their travels, the Heritage Centre at 4 Stevenson Street Murchison will be open on a regular basis from Saturday 17th September. Each Saturday morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm we will welcome visitors who can enjoy the displays in the gallery and learn about our special local history.

We are planning to celebrate History Week in October with the launch of a revised 2nd edition of Warwick Finlay’s book Winter-Irving. The new edition will be in colour and will include additional material. The Heritage Centre will be open each day during History Week too so there will be more opportunity to visit and also obtain a copy of the new Winter-Irving book.       

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Noorilim, Murchison, architechtural drawing c.1878


William Winter-Irving 1840 – 1901









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History Meander around Murchison

There are two walks you can do around Murchison, mapped out in a little pocket size booklet called Walk in Greater Shepparton produced by our local Council. The shorter walk called History Meander is 1km return, starts at Meteorite Park and finishes at the Heritage Centre. Along the way you will find lots of information about the eventful history of the town. Copies of the booklet can be obtained at the Murchison Bakery and Wagner’s Produce Store in Stevenson Street Murchison and from the Visitor Information Centre in Shepparton. I apologise that reproduction (below) causes the map and tour guide to blur. Best pick up the booklet!

Kay Ball

Murchison History meander map         Murchison History meander

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