Historic buildings and places
The towns of Mitchell Shire are full of history worth discovering, whether it’s stories of the gold rush, bushrangers or explorers. While enjoying our towns be sure to take notice of the historic buildings that surround you, reminding you of the years gone by.
During the Gold Rush years, Kilmore was a major stopover for travellers coming from the ports and town of Melbourne to the goldfields. It was home to over 26 public drinking and boarding houses, numerous churches, schools, and a large hospital in its busiest times. Other towns in the Shire were also places to stop and offered boarding and drinking houses and other services such as blacksmiths, butchers and banks.
Today you will see rustic timber cottages, old country pubs, century-old bluestone buildings and infrastructure, as well as historic farms, homesteads, machinery and shedding that scatter the countryside.
Seymour Heritage Drive
Various locations throughout Seymour.
Take this self-guided tour of Seymour and surrounding areas to see 41 historical buildings, sites and parks, dating back to 1839.
The drive commences at the Goulburn River Bridge built in 1892 and takes in the railway and military history of the region before arriving at the scenic heritage-listed Trawool Valley.
Ask for a map and overview of the points of interest at the Seymour Information Centre at the Old Court House, Seymour.
Local Historical Landmarks
- Broadford Courier NewspaperAttraction & Historical landmark110 High Street, BroadfordThe Broadford Courier building is now home to a museum of local history, run by the Broadford and District Historical Society.
- Broadford War MemorialAttraction, Historical landmark & Military heritageHigh Street, BroadfordThe Broadford War Memorial was originally dedicated to those from the district who served in World War One. Names of the fallen of World War Two were later added. A wall was also built alongside the Memorial to commemorate those involved in conflicts after the Second World War.
- Former family residence of Ned KellyAttraction & Historical landmarkKelly Street, BeveridgeBeveridge is home to the Ned Kelly House, the birthplace of the infamous bushranger and where he spent his early childhood years.
- Hume and Hovell MonumentAttraction & Historical landmarkMonument Hill Reserve, Monument Road, KilmoreLocated in Kilmore, this watchtower was erected to honour the explorers whose expedition played a significant role in establishing the colony of Victoria.
- Kilmore CourthouseAttraction & Historical landmarkPowlett Street, KilmoreDesigned by J J Clark, the Kilmore Courthouse was constructed in 1863. The building is an example of Victorian Romanesque style architecture.
- Kilmore Town HallAttraction & Historical landmark16 Sydney Street, KilmoreThe former town hall was built in 1894 and features a decorative facade with enormous Corinthian pillars.
- Mills CottageAttraction & Historical landmarkHigh Street, BroadfordThis fully furnished three-roomed pioneer cottage has been set up to help explain the lifestyle of Broadford's early settlers.
- Old Goulburn River BridgeAttraction & Historical landmarkOld Hume Highway, SeymourThis Victorian heritage-listed composite trestle and metal road bridge was constructed in 1862.
- Old Trestle BridgeAttraction & Historical landmarkOver Hanford’s Creek, PyalongThe Rail Bridge over Hanford's Creek is a rare opportunity to view a largely intact timber trestle bridge.
- Pioneer ParkAttraction & Historical landmarkCrawford Street, SeymourHome to a memorial of Seymour pioneers, in a serene formal garden setting.
- The Old SchoolhouseAttraction & Historical landmarkHigh Street, BroadfordOriginally built in Hilldene, this building was relocated to Kurkurruc Creek in 1928 and used by the local community as their school until 1943.
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This page was last updated on 16 September 2021.