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Local history and heritage

Historic buildings and places

The towns of Mitchell Shire are rich in history. Their histories include stories of the gold rush, bushrangers, and explorers. Today you can see historic gaols and public buildings, bridges and take the self-guided heritage drive through the region.

Gold Rush

During the Gold Rush years, Kilmore was a major stop over for those coming from the ports and town of Melbourne to the gold fields. In its busiest times it was home to over 26 public drinking and boarding houses, numerous churches, schools and a large hospital. Other towns in the Shire were also places to stop and offered many boarding and drinking houses and other services such as black smiths, 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 dot the country side.

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 stunning 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

Visitor Information Centre