Ten historical plaques were unveiled along the Campaspe River in Rochester last week.By Elaine Cooney
The Campaspe River Reserve Committee unveiled 10 historical plaques along the bank of the Campaspe River in Rochester last week.
Committee chairman Paul Poort said the plaques would make the walk more interesting to walkers.
‘‘I wanted to add a little bit of history about each place,’’ he said.
Mr Poort said the project cost the group $2500 and received a Campaspe Shire council grant of $1200.
He said it took the group 18 months to compile the history of each of the 10 locations and track down photographs to add to the historical information.
Plaques are located at the Red Bridge, the siphon, opposite Ngurelban Aboriginal Healing Centre, the Rochester Bridge, the site of the old swimming baths and saleyards, the water tower and brick pit and other spots along the river.
The plaque at the saleyards talks about how the still standing covered area was built in 1912 and was known as the Bull Ring.
It details the history of the saleyards before the use of trucks when stock purchased by abattoirs was walked to the train station and loaded onto trains bound for Melbourne.
The Ngurelban Aboriginal Healing Centre plaque reveals that the building, formerly Random House, was built in the 1860s.
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