History of Seymour
Today Seymour is the crossing point where the Hume Highway and North East Railway cross Victoria’s longest river the Goulburn River. However, Seymour has a rich history of being the Gateway to the heart of Victoria.
- In 1824 explorers Hume and Hovell camped on the banks of the Goulburn River near present day Seymour before crossing the river.
- Then in 1837 Seymour, became known as The New Crossing Place because it was the new Goulburn River crossing point for the mail service as it lessened the journey between Melbourne and Sydney by 10 miles.
- During 1843 Seymour was formally named by the Executive Council of NSW and Major Mitchell, named after Lord Seymour, the son of the 11th Duke of Somerset.
- 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 and onto Sydney.
- In 1909 Seymour’s convenient central location and railway links saw Seymour become an area of training for the Goulburn Valley and North Eastern cadets. This early activity by the Australian Military would see Seymour become a major military hub with the Puckapunyal Army Base being established in 1939 during the outbreak of WW2. Puckapunyal is still a large training facility in present day.
Today Seymour remains a proud gateway to the region, providing access to to Victoria’s High Country, the Snowy Mountains, the Goulburn Valley and being a pit stop between Melbourne and Sydney.
Whether it was explores Hume and Hovell, the Melbourne – Sydney mail service or the Victorian Railways, Seymour has a rich history in being the regions gateway. Next time you’re travelling through, why not drop in and explore our region.