Seymour’s Military Heritage
Seymour has a rich railway history, being one of the first towns in Victoria to experience the railway town phenomenon. During the railway heyday the railway employed one third of the Seymour (1,500 people). Victorian Railways came to the region in 1872 where Seymour became the gateway junction for the North East & Goulburn Valley lines, which stretch as far as Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga and onto Sydney.
Australian Army Tank Museum
The Australian Army Tank Museum is located 10 kilometres from the centre of Seymour in near-by Military Area Puckapunyal. The collection ranges from the First World War through to today’s twenty first century advancements; it holds the finest collection of Australian armoured fighting vehicles in the world. In excess of 80 tanks and armoured vehicles make up this collection of Australian military history plus memorabilia from the Australian Light Horse period, uniforms and military weapons
The museum is located in an active Military Area, because of this all visitors over 18 years of age must provide valid photo identification (Driver’s Licence, Passport, Student card, ADF pass or other appropriate photographic id) to gain access to the museum. Please contact museum for details to help you arrange your groups visit to the museum
Although the museum has regular opening hours, our tip is to call ahead before you visit to check on any unscheduled closures due to the museum being in an active military zone.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phone: (03) 5735 7285
Address: Australian Army Tank Museum, Hopkins Barracks Puckapunyal Military Area, VIC 3662
The Australian Light Horse Memorial Park
The Australian Light Horse Memorial Park is one of Seymour’s greatest attractions, located just one kilometre from the centre of Seymour. The land the park occupies began it’s history as apart of an extensive cattle and sheep run known as ‘Marengo’ inn 1848. In 1910 Lord Kitchener then Commander in Chief of the British Army visited Seymour during his review of Australia’s military capabilities, he was met with an impressive parade of 4,000 men 2,000 horse and artillery. In 1914 when the Great War broke out, Kitchener was appointed Secretary of State for War and because of his favourable views of Seymour, the ‘Seymour Camp’ was established. The Seymour Camp was used for military training and activities during WW1 between 1914 and 1921, and WW2 during 1939 and 1942.
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
The commemorative walk located in Seymour is the only one of it’s kind in Australia dedicated solely to Vietnam Veterans. The walk has the names of the 60,000 Australian servicewoman and servicemen who served during this dark time in Australia’s history. The commemorative walk is located on High Street in the centre of Seymour with ample parking to complete the walk.
The Walk is a meandering red earth path set in native trees and grasses that resemble rubber trees and rice paddies. These two plants are synonymous with Vietnam. The centre piece of this Walk is the wall, made up of panels of DigiGlass with the name of every Serviceman and Woman who served, in their various capacities in that conflict. The names are separated only by the Service in which they served and are in alphabetical order. The plinths on which the panels stand have holes for you to place Poppies; the effect is to have a field of Poppies under the names. Behind the names is the picture story of the Vietnam conflict. There are areas of contemplation for people to use along the length of this walk.
Address: High Street at the junction of Emily Street and Tallarook Street, Seymour, VIC 3660