Amenities at the Pub Paddock parkland cater well for visitors. There are historic plaques, sheltered BBQ & picnic tables, seating, potable water, clean public toilets, info boards, even a BMX track.
It is great just to walk around, see and savour what people do with all the space in this spread out town. Photographers will love it.
St Patrick’s Catholic Church Still beautifully maintained and pretty as a picture, this structure was built by new settler Irishman Patrick Lyddy in 1895. If you enjoy a mystery, investigate St Patrick’s walkabout while here.
Longwood School No. 2707 As the population centre shifted from Old to New Longwood, schooling needed to move too. The “new” 1884 building still delivers, spruced up and handsome. Many notable men and women have attended.
Period domestic architecture If you love period homes, this is a walk you will really enjoy. Many 19th c entry cottages are a credit to owners who have cared for them such that they have survived well over 100 years.
The Spitfire This scale model features squadron and aircraft numbers matching the original plane. It has chainsaw bar propeller blades and Harley Davidson mufflers as cannon.
Under the tracks The railway arrived in the 1870s, moving the centre of town away from the original site at Longwood East. Cross the bridge over Cameron’s Well Creek, turn right to follow the track under the lines.
Prime lamb country Sheep are part of the landscape around here. Fat lambs are a major part of the economy.
Railway Hotel On this site, the first hotel built in New Longwood was the Railway Hotel. Sarah Kieran was its proprietor and the first woman in Victoria to be granted a hotel licence.
Longwood Railway Platform In 1981 a deputation met with Transport Minister Mr Maclellan to try to stop the closure of Longwood Station. Today, the once longest platform in Victoria is all that remains.
The Smithy Now shuttered corrugated iron, the Blacksmith site near the town centre reflects its importance to a bygone age. 1871 assault charges arose from a jealous spat between a young smith and his overseer.
Across the tracks
The Rockery The Rockery Gemstone Museum boasts nine rooms housing an impressive collection of jewellery, crystals and polished gemstones.
Period cottages Home to generations of Longwood residences, the many 100yo plus domestic residences are a charming feature of the township.
What will you find? Who knows? But, certainly Longwood offers the chance to seek and ye will find. It feels a bit like an historic treasure hunt.
The Commercial Hotel Originally a wooden structure burnt down at the turn of the 19th / 20th century, business continued in the stables until the brick replacement was complete. Boer War homecomings took place here.
The Old General Store In a sad sate of collapse, this was once a township activity centre. Nearly everyone had an account. Bills went out first day of each month. A twist of boiled lollies rewarded prompt payment.
A window tells a story Signs of the changing times.
The Boer War Memorial From 1903, the inscribed pedestal has crossed rifle designs. The granite first base is from Harcourt, second from Graytown, pedestal and column from Belgium. The cannon was donated by Defence Dept.
The Old Fire Shed Longwood and District were the first registered Bush Fire Brigade in Victoria. Black Saturday 1965 their darkest day, with 7 local deaths. A commemorative mural now graces the old Fire Shed.
The General Store and Post Office It may be a quiet looking country town, but watch the store for a while and you will see just how many people come to town to do business here. Friendly service, take away and all the basics provided
Take a walk along the wide streets of Longwood, a classic Central Victorian town. Historic sites, rural lifestyle and evident community pride will keep you engaged.
Start: Pub Paddock 55 – 65 Down St., Longwood 3665
This is an easy 3.6km walk around the township. For a longer distance add in the Longwood Recreation Ground Walk (linked below). To complete the whole Longwood Heritage walking package also visit Longwood East on the other side of the Hume.
As for so many Victorian towns, traffic to Victorian goldfields saw the original Longwood settlement securely established. However, arrival of the railway in 1872 moved the town’s centre of activity. It resulted in Old Longwood’s steady depopulation. Now known as the locality of Longwood East. The site of today’s main township is (New) Longwood, surveyed in 1885 to take full advantage of of the railway line.
The town has interesting stories to tell. Bushrangers and ne’er-do-wells roved local hills and plains, including the notorious Kelly Gang. Drought and fire have taken their toll. New technologies such as rail and and the motor car have heavily influenced resident’s comings and goings.
There were many enterprises supported by the town. At various times there have been several hotels, a telegraph repeater station, a tolling station, a railway station, a bank, Post Office, a coach builder and blacksmith, sale yards, 7 saw mills, grocery stores, butchers, a horse racing track and numerous social and sporting clubs.
Today, it is hard to believe that at the turn of the 19th / 20th century this was dairy as well as sheep country. By the 1920s, land was five pounds per acre. One acre was said to support a ewe and a lamb. The arrival of superphosphate increased stock holdings significantly.
Resident Brian Morrison broke the world shearing record by shearing 410 Merinos in 7 hours and 48 minutes. With wife Judy, their next big accomplishment was “Morrisons”, a company that became a household name across the nation for quality rural apparel.
Few localities can claim multiple heroes awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. Three local soldiers have been memorialised here and in grand style at the VC Memorial in nearby Euroa. Major Leslie Maygar in the Boer War, Captain Fred Tubb and Corporal Alexander Burton at Gallipoli in WWI.
The ever busier modern world, with its urban focus and city to city fast cars whizzing past on the freeway by pass, have seen quieter times come to Longwood. However, this is probably another good reason for you to take some time out here.
Houston, Ildie B. “From the Days of Old Longwood” Euroa Printers 2007
Brodie, Maurie “Welcome to Longwood” display maps at the Pub Paddock
Limbs may fall
Road surfaces vary
Snakes may be active
Tracks may not be clear
Beware of vehicle traffic
Mobile reception may be unreliable
Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart
Be equipped for self-reliant hiking
Dogs must be leashed & under control at all time
Historic relics are protected
Drivers/riders: use formed roads only