Murchison - Places to See

Tourist Information
Tourist Information can be obtained from Shepparton's Visitor Information Centre, tel: (03) 5831 4400 or free-call (1800) 808 839.

Murchison Italian War Memorial and Chapel
During the Second World War 4 000 Italian, German and Japanese POWs were detained at Murchison. Those who died at Murchison were buried in the local cemetery but floods in 1956 did major damage to the graves. A Mr Luigi Gigliotti persuaded Italian families living in the Goulburn Valley to pay for the building of a mausoleum. He also managed to persuade the authorities to bury all the Italian POWs and detainees who died in Australian prison camps in the mausoleum.

The mausoleum, completed in 1961, is Italian in style. It is built of Castlemaine stone with Roman roof tiles, a campanile and an altar of Italian marble. Each year, on Remembrance Day, mass is celebrated before a large gathering. There is also an Italian war memorial and chapel.

Elsewhere in the cemetery is the grave of King Charles Tattambo, the leader of the Goulburn tribe at the time of white arrival. He died in 1866. His son (the next leader) and widow were buried adjacent in 1874.

The cemetery is located at the southern end of town, by the Goulburn River, along the Murchison-Nagambie Rd.

Longleat Winery
Longleat Winery, established in 1975, is located 2 km south of Murchison in Old Weir Rd (the route is signposted from town). It is planted with shiraz, sauvignon, semillon, cabernet, Rhine riesling and pinot noir and is open from Monday to Saturday, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. There is a picnic area with barbecue facilities, tel: (03) 5826 2294.

Churches
The town's three churches are all in Impey St and all date from the 19th century. There is the Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church (1878), the Anglican church (1884) and St Brigid's Catholic Church (1900).

Campbell's Bend Picnic Reserve
Located at the eastern bondary of Murchison, Campbell's Bend Picnic Reserve is signposted off the road to Murchison East.

Murchison Gallery and Tea Rooms
Hand-made glasswork, tuned windchimes, wooden toys, turned woodwork, glazed porcelain, pottery and paintings can all be found in Robinson St from Thursday to Monday, tel: (03) 5826 2632.

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Dhurringile Mansion
Dhurringile is a lavish 65-room mansion which was built in 1877 for pastoralist John Winter. In the Second World War it was used for the detention of German officers and it is now a low-security prison. With orchards adjacent it can clearly be seen adjacent the Tatura Rd, 11 km north of town.

Tatura Museum
22 km north of Murchison, via the Tatura Rd, is the settlement of Tatura. At the corner of Ross and Hogan Sts is the Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum which features a display relating to local and irrigation history in the original Rodney Irrigation Trust building (c.1888). Another building contains memorabilia and photographs relating to the local POW camps which were established in World War II. They are open weekends and public holidays from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. or by appointment, tel: (03) 5824 1822 or (03) 5824 2111.

If you head west along the Rushworth Rd and turn right into Winter Rd you will come to the local cemetery where a number of German POWs are interred.

Avonlea Flowers
If you are heading north along the Mooroopna Rd you will soon pass the signposted turnoff to Avonlea Flowers, a wholesale-retail flower farm where you can view the process or buy the merchandise - fresh or dried, along with bulbs and crafts. They are open all year, tel: (03) 5826 2406.

Noorilim
'Noorilim' (c.1870), 6 km east on the Goulburn Valley Highway, is considered one of the grandest homesteads in the state. A two-storey Classical brick structure, it features a large central tower. It is only open to the public on an occasional basis, tel: 1800 808 839.

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