VC re­cip­i­ents’ new hon­our

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THREE blue­stone pavers were re­cently in­stalled at the Trav­ellers Rest on Kirk­land Av­enue, Euroa in hon­our of the Strath­bo­gie Shire’s Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ents.

This is part of a State Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive, in con­junc­tion with the Vic­to­rian An­zac Cen­te­nary Com­mit­tee, to help Vic­to­ri­ans con­nect with their An­zac Cen­te­nary sto­ries.

The three pavers, in hon­our of VC re­cip­i­ents Lieu­tenant-Colonel Les­lie May­gar, Cor­po­ral Alexan­der Bur­ton and Ma­jor Fred­er­ick Tubb, pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals and vis­i­tors stop­ping in Euroa to ac­knowl­edge the gal­lant ef­forts of th­ese men.

Vic­to­ria cur­rently has 32 Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ents, and each town will re­ceive a blue- stone paver in their hon­our.

Euroa is a place of con­sid­er­able sig­nif­i­cance as the only re­gion in the en­tire Com­mon­wealth to be home to three ci­ti­zens granted the pres­ti­gious award.

Vis­i­tors to the Trav­ellers Rest are also di­rected to the op­po­site end of Kirk­land Av­enue to the three bronze life- size stat­ues im­mor­tal­is­ing May­gar, Bur­ton and Tubb at the spe­cial trib­ute at VC Me­mo­rial Park.

Dubbed ‘ Hon­our­ing Our He­roes’, the five- year $300,000 project was un­der­taken by a small group of lo­cals to cre­ate a me­mo­rial for the three VCs, which of­fi­cially opened in Novem­ber 2014.

The project was es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant for the fam­i­lies of the re­cip­i­ents, with both the Bur­ton and Tubb lines con­tin­u­ing in this district to­day and May­gar’s Hill, just north of Long­wood, named in LtCol May­gar’s hon­our.

The stat­ues con­tain sto­ry­boards which give vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover their re­mark­able tales of brav­ery.

Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor Amanda McClaren said the memo­ri­als were a fan­tas­tic way to ac­knowl­edge the Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ents and all who have served the coun­try.

“Our wartime his­tory is a sig­nif­i­cant part of our com­mu­ni­ties and our na­tion,” she said.

“The pavers pro­vide an­other beau­ti­ful set­ting in which lo­cals and vis­i­tors to the re­gion can take the time to ap­pre­ci­ate the brav­ery of our re­cip­i­ents.”

HON­OUR­ING THEIR BRAV­ERY: (from left) Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor Amanda McClaren, Euroa RSL sub-branch vice-pres­i­dent Robert Holdsworth, Seven Creeks ward coun­cil­lor John Ma­son and Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) re­veal­ing the three Vic­to­ria Cross...

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