Day’s Mill Open Day in February



Anyone keen to visit Day’s Mill will have an opportunity on Sunday 19th February from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

This Open Day is arranged as part of City of Greater Shepparton’s Activities in the Park Program and entry is free. Bring along the family and enjoy a picnic after exploring the Mill, house and outbuildings. Signage at various locations explains many aspects of daily life and farming practises as they happened in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.



The Mill and farm complex located in Day Road, South Murchison, was established by the Day family from 1865.  It was acquired by Parks Victoria in the 1980’s as it is the best preserved example of a 19th century steam-driven flour mill in Victoria. This Heritage listed site is remarkably intact and visitors will feel transported back in time while wandering around the property.


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Open Hours during Christmas

The Heritage Centre will be closed Saturday 24th and Saturday 31st December.

We apologise for any inconvenience. The Centre will resume normal Saturday opening times as from 7th January 2017: 10 am to 12.30pm every Saturday. Visitors are very welcome at other times by arrangement.

To organise a visit other than a Saturday morning please email:

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Visit from Artist’s Grand-daughter

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One of von Gruenewaldt’s murals.

The murals painted on the walls of the Recreation Hall once used at Camp 13 Murchison, are well-known locally as they were retrieved when the hall was demolished and now hang in venues around the township of Murchison.

These comical caricatures were painted by Hans Wolter von Gruenewaldt, a German POW in Camp 13. Hans was a Mining Engineer working in South Africa who was trying to escape internment when World War 2 broke out, but was captured by the British on board a ship off the coast of South Africa. He had an eventful journey after that, from miraculously surviving being torpedoed aboard the ill-fated Arandora Star only to be transported to Australia under appalling conditions on the notorious ‘hell-ship’ Dunera.

During his time in Camp 13 his artistic ability was evident as he sketched and drew the scenes around him, painted portraits of his fellow in-mates and decorated the backdrops for various stage productions. He used a wide variety of painting and drawing materials according to what could be sourced.

The Murchison Historical Society have a large collection of his work that have been donated by his son, Axel.

Recently, von Gruenewaldt’s grand-daughter Fleur and partner Steve, who live in New Zealand, visited Murchison. We were able to show them the murals hanging in the Community Centre and DPJones Nursing Home, as well as the large collection housed at the Heritage Centre. Fleur was delighted to see her Grandfather’s ability to paint in a wide range of medium, the extent of styles and obvious talent evident in his works. We also drove out to the site of Camp 13 and explained how the camp was set out and how it functioned.

It was wonderful to have a visit from von Gruenewaldt’s grand-daughter. Fleur would like to return to Murchison and bring her mother with her – hopefully in October 2017 to coincide with the launch of a book telling von Gruenewaldt’s amazing story.


Fleur and Steve outside entrance to the site of POW Camp 13 Murchison


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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 0475 018 743 and leave a message 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:

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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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