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Murchison Public Gardens

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 22nd 2019
Well worth a stop for a multitude of reasons
Every small town has a park or gardens in their main street, usually only noticed if they have a toilet block attached.

garden sign
We are here.

The Murchison Public Gardens is a very worthwhile stop if passing through. It is between Stevenson Street and the Goulburn River.

Goulburn river
The Goulburn River behind the gardens.

There are two viewing platforms to give an elevated view of the wide Goulburn River. One of the platforms has stairs leading down to water level for a different view of the fast-flowing river.

Viewing platform
One of the viewing platforms overlooking the river.

There is a partially under cover fenced playground, where the very young ones can have a play-break and unable to run off.

The fenced play area.

An interesting item is what appears to be a concrete planter box overflowing with a creeper. On closer inspection, it is an Annis & George Bills horse trough. When George Bills died in 1927, he left a legacy to build and locate horse drinking troughs in public places throughout Australia. There were over 700 built and distributed, mainly in Victoria and New South Wales.

Horse trough
The Annis & George Bills drinking trough.

The gardens is also the location for the town's war memorial, honouring all from the district who served their country.

War memorial.
The Murchison War Memorial.

A stand out feature of the garden is a herd of four cows. Not ordinary cows, but a tiger cow, a fly cow, a ladybird cow and an armoured cow. They are very colourful statues spread throughout the gardens and well worth stopping just to let the kid's imagination run wild.

Cow statue
The ladybird cow.

Cow statue
The armoured cow.

Cow statue
The tiger cow.

Cow statue
The fly cow.

At the far end of the gardens is a clean toilet block and the Murchison Heritage Centre.

heritage centre
The Murchison centre.

The heritage centre which has an extensive collection featuring the history of the area. It is open on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm.

The centre features a display on an event that put Murchison on the world-wide map.

The town had an extra-terrestrial experience on 28 September 1969 when a meteorite shower descended upon the town and surrounding areas. It is academically claimed to be one of the rarest and primitive meteorites to have landed on earth.

On a sidewall of the centre building is a series of four painted murals by local artist Jane Spencer depicting the reactions of man and beast when the meteorite shower descended.

Meteorite mural
The meteorite mural on the heritage centre wall.

There is a lot more to see in Murchison, the gardens are just the start.

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Where: Murchison Public Gardens. Stevenson Street, Murchison, Victoria. Melways map: X910 N.1.
Cost: free
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You are so good at highlighting all these parks and gardens Neil. It would make a great coffee table book if you put them all together.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 391 days ago
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