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Military History Trail

The Military History Trail provides the perfect opportunity for any type of getaway you need. You can easily do this drive in a day, or you can take your time and explore each town for all it has to offer.

War memorials offer special insights into local history and heroism. Each small town has their own stories of sacrifice, determination and devotion to duty. We invite you to experience these insights first hand and see how our communities have been shaped from the stories.

A rich military history is not the only drawcard of the area. Locals boast about gorgeous nature, fantastic food and wine and a thriving arts and crafts scene. The Military History Trail is a great way to explore all the region has to offer.

You can find the official Military History Brochure here



Victoria Cross Memorial


Honouring Our Heroes – Strathbogie Shire is the birthplace of not one but three Victoria Cross recipients – Australia and the British Commonwealth's highest award for acts of bravery in wartime. To honour the men and their families a group of local community members in partnership with the Shire Council created a special tribute. To commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC's these bronze lifesize statues of Leslie Maygar, Fredrick Tubb and Alex Burton.



Telegraph Park

This new park is situated on what was previously vacant land next to the Telstra Exchange building on Brock Street, just off Euroa's main street, and pays tribute to the 1165 volunteers from the district who service in World War I.




POW Camp

In Graytown there is a historic site that was used to host POW's from Italy and later German soldiers during WW2. The site started as a forestry site in 1916 until the 1990's. Before WW2 it was used as a sustenance camp for unemployed Australian men and afterwards used as a working camp for immigrants on supported visas. The immigrants were largely from the Baltic countries, whose families may still be in the area today.

The site has since been abandoned but history has been frozen in time with the foundations of the buildings still visible. One can get a sense of what the former camp would have looked like, with fids such as troughs, canals, red chimneys and fencing here, leaving them imagining what it would have been like to live in these buildings.


In 1941 the POW Forestry Camp was established at Graytown as an offshoot of the POW camp near Murchison. The camp sat on 14 acres and was across from the local school. Italian prisoners were the first to occupy the POW before being transferred to small Victorian farms. On the 3rd of September 1943, German prisoners were bought into the camp, the majority of whom were on the German ship he 'Kormoran' as well as the 'Ramsees'. Prisoners would cut timber and tend to a market garden which supplied the camp.

Post war the camp was used for immigrants. Government contract required immigrants to work for 2 years and many cut timber in the area. The site also continued to be used for forestry workers into the 1990's until it was eventually abandoned.


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