North East Tourist News

Strathbogi­e & District

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HIDDEN away within the Strathbogi­e region, just off the Hume Highway, lies Longwood.

Whether you are ‘just passing through’, or spending the day, the weekend or longer, you’ll be greeted with warmth and friendly faces.

The local pub is an icon unto itself, having quenched the thirst of locals and visitors alike since the mid 1880s.

Victoria Cross recipients Corporal Alexander Burton, Lieutenant Leslie Maygar and Lieutenant (Later Major) Frederick Tubb all hailed from the Euroa area, with all three honoured at the VC Memorial Park in Euroa.

Lieutenant Tubb was born in Longwood and was active in the community, being secretary to the local Mechanics’ Institute and a member of the gun and tennis clubs.

Two military crosses were also won by Longwood soldiers in World War I and there is a Boer War memorial in Down Street.

Fauna bridges have been hung above the Hume Freeway near Longwood to assist animals including squirrel gliders safely cross the road.

In addition to a school, Longwood has a large recreation area with an oval and tennis courts, a hotel, two churches and a gemstone museum.

Surrounded by the Strathbogi­e Ranges, the district has been affected by bushfires a number of times, but each time the bush and the people have come back strongly.

With a population of only approximat­ely 500 people, Longwood is a wonderful place to get off the highway and enjoy some relaxation and genuine country hospitalit­y.

 ?? PHOTO: Virtual War Memorial Australia ?? LIEUTENANT Leslie Maygar.
PHOTO: Virtual War Memorial Australia LIEUTENANT Leslie Maygar.
 ?? PHOTO: Virtual War Memorial Australia ?? LIEUTENANT Frederick Tubb.
PHOTO: Virtual War Memorial Australia LIEUTENANT Frederick Tubb.
 ?? PHOTO: Virtual War Memorial Australia ?? CORPORAL Alexander Burton.
PHOTO: Virtual War Memorial Australia CORPORAL Alexander Burton.

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