Celebrating a major milestone
There’s a lot of confusion about the use of terquasquicentennial and/or septaquintaquinquecentennial so we’ll keep it very simple.
Seymour was, and is, the second town mentioned in the original (Australian) version of the song I’ve Been Everywhere.
Most importantly, this year Seymour – our town – is 175 years old.
And the whole community is invited to celebrate one of the oldest towns in Victoria this weekend.
Seymour was surveyed in 1843 and duly named after Lord Seymour of Somerset.
The first permanent settlement was in the Lions Park area and was a river crossing on the overland route from Sydney to the Port Phillip District of NSW, now Melbourne and the state of Victoria.
Committee chairman and Seymour Historical Society member Don Wilson said, depending who you talk to, Seymour is the oldest town in the Goulburn Valley. And that is worth celebrating. “There was an inn and a punt here in 1838, and the first registered birth was in 1840,” he said.
“With gold discovered at Graytown, Whroo, Rushworth, and the North Eastern Goldfields, the town grew and prospered.
“Before Goulburn Weir was built, Seymour also had riverboat trade and then the railways arrived in town in 1872.”
Mr Wilson said military history began in the area with the Victorian Mounted Rifles in the 1870s and its military potential was recognised by Lord Kitchener and his visit to the Seymour area in 1910.
“Seymour was one of the largest training camps in World War I,” he said.
“Later, some land was acquired and from there the Puckapunyal Military area was established in World War II.
“Obviously the town has changed a lot in 175 years, and will continue to adapt and change as it grows into the 21st century.”
Mr Wilson said 175 years is a long time and it should be celebrated.
“It is our town’s birthday and it is bringing everyone together,” he said.
“Both days there is plenty to see and do for the whole family and I encourage everyone to come and celebrate with us.
“We are sometimes forgotten as we aren’t considered a tourist town but we have plenty of history dating back at least 175 years.”
A street procession will take place on the Saturday at 2 pm, making its way from Pioneer Park down Station St, Tallarook St and into Kings Park where an afternoon and evening of fun and festivities will keep the whole family entertained.
There’ll be a host of static displays from different groups and organisations, children’s entertainment including a jumping castle and old-style games, while an open-air cinema is on the cards for the evening.
Sunday is Remembrance Day, and Seymour RSL will host a commemoration for 100 years of Armistice, to be held outside the Seymour District Memorial Hospital gates at 11 am.
That afternoon, Australian Light Horse Memorial Park will be open for tours, while Seymour Railway Heritage Centre will be open all weekend.
Mr Wilson said the celebration has been a whole community effort.
“We have representatives from most community groups either in the parade or with a static display,” he said.
“This includes 15 past and present councillors marching, with the mayor leading the march.
“Our history is something of which we can all be proud and something the community should be interested in.
“There will be plenty of old uniforms, photos and displays as well as food stalls.”
The festivities kick off at 2pm on Saturday with 17 groups involved in the parade.
WARTIME — The arrival of ordinance train at Kitchener’s Camp during World War I.
VINTAGE — A passenger train pulls Station some time in the early 1900s. in at Seymour Railway