Overview

Military History Itinerary

Discover the rich military history of the Goulburn River Valley. Beginning in Seymour, this fascinating 334-kilometre itinerary takes in major military landmarks, museums and memorials in Euroa, Benalla, Shepparton, Tatura, Murchison and Eildon.

Itinerary highlights include Seymour's Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, Australian Light Horse Memorial Park and RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum; the Honouring Our Heroes statues in Euroa; memorials to Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and Hector Waller in Benalla; Shepparton's War Memorial; the Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum; The Ossario in Murchison, and the hillside memorial to wartime pilots at Mt Torbreck, Eildon.

Each town in the region has its own rich military history of people, places and stories, so take some time to explore. For further information, visit heartofvictoria.com.au/military-history

Itinerary

1. Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
High Street (junction of Emily Street and Tallarook Street), Seymour

A one-of-a-kind memorial dedicated to Vietnam Veterans, the Walk has been created using symbolic elements of Vietnam and the names of the more than 60,000 men and women who served in Vietnam.

2. Australian Light Horse Memorial Park
Goulburn Valley Highway, Seymour

Explore the relics and bush tracks on part of the former Seymour Camp, Victoria's largest training facility prior to the opening of Puckapunyal Camp in 1939.

3. RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum
Hopkins Barracks, Puckapunyal Military Area

Located on the functioning Puckapunyal Military Base, the RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum is home to over 70 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, making it one of the largest armour museums in Australia.

4. Honouring Our Heroes
VC Memorial Park, 19 Kirkland Avenue, Euroa

Euroa is the only town in the Commonwealth to have been home to three Victoria Cross recipients. Statues honouring Lieutenant Frederick Tubb, Corporal Alexander Burton and Lieutenant Leslie Maygar stand in the Euroa VC Memorial Park.

5. Hector Waller Memorial
Benalla Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla

A granite monument commemorates Captain Hector 'Hec' Waller as an outstanding naval officer who served during both World Wars. It is also a tribute to all men and women lost at sea on operational service.

6. Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Memorial
Benalla Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla

A moving sculpture commemorates soldier-surgeon and Australian war hero, Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. As a prisoner of war during World War II in Singapore, Sir Dunlop worked as a doctor saving men from the harsh conditions of camp life.

7. Benalla Aviation Museum
57 Samaria Road, Benalla

The historic home of the No. 11 EFTS Squadron, stationed at Benalla airfield during World War II. The Museum offers a fascinating look at Australia's military air training history plus passenger flights in restored military aircraft.

8. Shepparton & District War Memorial
Welsford Street and Marungi Street, Shepparton

The Shepparton Cenotaph commemorates those who served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. View the 'Helping Hand' sculpture by Web Gilbert, and the 'Mateship' sculpture by Bela Angyal.

9. Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum
49 Hogan Street, Tatura

A unique collection of the history surrounding the three prisoner of war and four internment camps that were established during World War II in Tatura and surrounding areas.

10. German War Cemetery
Tatura Cemetery, Mulcahy Road, Tatura

The final resting place for 250 German POWs and civilian internees who died during both World Wars. The remains of each individual were brought from cemeteries across Australia to be interred in one commemorative place.

11. Private Robert Mactier VC Memorial Garden
Hogan Street and Flanagan Place, Tatura

A statue honouring Private Robert Mactier stands in the Robert Mactier V.C. Memorial Gardens in Tatura along with an obelisk commemorating those who served during World War I, World War II and Vietnam.

12. Italian Ossario
Murchison Cemetery, Willoughby Street, Murchison

This Italian style Mausoleum commemorates and contains the remains of Italian World War II Prisoners of War and detainees whose original graves were badly damaged by floods.

13. Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue
Goulburn Valley Highway, between Arcadia and Kialla

The Avenue is the grandest and largest of Victoria's World War II commemorative plantings. Fen Woodburn planted 2457 trees between 1945 and 1949 initially as a memorial to his son Sergeant Calder Woodburn.

14. A4-4 AVRO Anson Memorial Track
Mt Torbreck, Eildon

A 2.4 kilometre uphill walk leads to the crash site and memorial of an RAAF Avro Anson aircraft which crashed on the north-east face of Mount Torbreck near Eildon in 1940, killing all four crew.

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