Station Street, with the Terminus and Railway Club hotels in the foreground
|Elevation||145 m (476 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mitchell|
Seymour (//, locally [ˈsiːmoː]) is a township in Mitchell Shire in the state of Victoria, Australia and is located 98 kilometres (61 mi) north of Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Seymour had a population of 6,063. The township services the surrounding agricultural industries (primarily equine, cattle, sheep and wine) as well as the nearby military base of Puckapunyal (population 1,176), which is an important training centre for the Australian Army. Other important sectors of employment in Seymour include retail, light engineering, agricultural services support, medical services, and education.
Seymour, named by Thomas Mitchell after the British parliamentarian Lord Seymour, was established in 1839 at the crossing of the Goulburn River on the Melbourne-Sydney route (now known as the Hume Highway) where an inn was first built. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1844. The railway arrived in 1872 along with substantial infrastructure to support it, establishing the town as an important rail hub for the Goulburn Valley, the Melbourne-Sydney railway and North Eastern Victoria. It was one of the first Victorian examples of the railway town phenomenon, in the heyday of the railway it employed 400 men and along with their families comprised one third of the town, or 1500 people.
Puckapunyal Army Base
The Australian Army first established a large training camp 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the township during the First World War. During the Second World War, the eastern camp diminished in importance and a substantially larger and more permanent military township was established 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the west at Puckapunyal. As of 2008 Puckapunyal is the centre for the Australian Army's Land Warfare Development Centre (LWDC) and Headquarters Combined Arms Training Centre (HQ CATC), with three of the Army's five Schools located on site. Additionally there are smaller training centres and facilities as well as a road transport squadron based in Puckapunyal. The base is home to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Memorial and Museum.
Seymour has two schools.
Seymour College is the government school, providing classes from Prep to Year 12. The college was created in 2010 through a merger of Seymour Technical High School (STHS), Seymour Primary School (SPS), Seymour East Primary School (SEPS) and Seymour Special School (SSS). Major building works currently underway (in 2012) will ultimately see the merged school located on the one site in Loco Street, Seymour, previously shared by STHS and SPS.
St Mary's College is a Prep to Year 10 Catholic school located in High Street.
A number of fraternal, service and community organisations are active in Seymour including Freemasonry (established in Seymour in 1883), Rotary, the Lions Club, Scouting, and Apex Clubs of Australia. Seymour has an excellent indoor multi-purpose sports centre and indoor swimming complex as well as a number of large playing fields for athletics, cricket and football. The township has a number of successful and well resourced sporting clubs including the Seymour Turf Club, the Seymour Football Club (Goulburn Valley Football League Premiers 2005, 2006 and 2007), Lawn Bowls, Kick Boxing, Basketball and Netball.
The Seymour campus of the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, opened in 1998, provides a variety of short courses and vocational education and training.
Seymour is located adjacent to the junction of the Hume and Goulburn Valley Highway. The Hume Highway crossed the Goulburn river and diverted all Melbourne-Sydney bound traffic though the township for over 100 years until a freeway bypass was opened routing all non-local and interstate traffic around the township in 1982.
Seymour station is served by regular V/Line hourly services to and from Melbourne Southern Cross Station as well as services on the Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton lines. The station was once a major freight marshalling location and the home of a significant locomotive depot. The depot is now the home of the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. The heritage centre has a large collection of vintage and heritage locomotives, diesels and rolling stock (in various stages of restoration) that is opened to the public regularly for inspection.
For over 150 years, Seymour has held an agricultural show the Seymour Show, the first Saturday in October every year, drawing thousands across the state to compete in many competitions. Other local tourism events include Tastes of the Goulburn and Victorian Wines Show.
Seymour also hosts an annual Alternative Farming Exposition each February which draws many thousands of visitors from around Australia. The township is also home to a well-established railway museum and art Galleries - Old Courthouse and Old Post Office Seymour. Seymour offers a wide selection of dining options to visitors that include The Prince of Wales Hotel, Old Post Office Seymour, Fine Art Gallery & Restaurant, The Seymour Club, The Royal Hotel, and The Railway Hotel, which all provide visitors with a selection of fresh locally-produced foods and wines.
The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk was opened in 2013, the only one of its kind in Australia dedicated to Vietnam Veterans. The Walk has been created using symbolic elements of Vietnam and over 60,000 names of every serviceman & servicewoman who served in the conflict are listed.
There are several wineries near the township. Seymour is also home to a horse racing facility, with regular meetings held throughout the year. The Hume International Raceway is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) West of the township and holds regular go-cart racing meetings on most weekends.
Seymour is host to many community and service groups. These include local Rotary, Lions, and Probus. In addition, local advocacy groups include The Seymour We Want, and locally based offices of statewide organisations including Berry Street, Closing The Health Gap, amongst others.
Seymour is also host to a major regional market - The Seymour Market operates on the third Saturday of every month
It is the home town of the Seymour Soccer Club, which plays at Bennett Oval, and represent Seymour, Puckapunyal, Nagambie, and other surrounding areas.
The township is well equipped with sporting facities that include an indoor multi-purpose sports complex, an indoor heated pool, an Olympic outdoor pool, several cricket ovals, as well as all season basketball, netball and tennis facilities.
Golfers play at the course of the Seymour Golf Club on Yea Road.
Media - print, radio and television
- Seymour Nagambie Advertiser
- Seymour Telegraph
- 87.6 FM - Hit Radio 87.6 FM (Top 40 Hits, New Music, Dance.)
- 103.9 FM - Seymour-FM (Community Radio - Incl: Sport, Music Features, Classic Hits)
Neighbouring Community Radio services heard in Seymour:
- 88.9 FM - UGFM Upper Goulburn / Murrindindi Radio (Yea translator/repeater)
Shepparton Radio heard in Seymour :
- 93.7 FM - STAR FM (Flowerdale/Seymour Re-Transmission Site)
- 94.5 FM - ABC Triple J
- 95.3 FM - 3SR FM (3SSR) (Classic Hits - commercial radio)
- 96.1 FM - ABC Classic FM
- 96.9 FM - STAR FM (Contemporary Hits commercial radio)
- 97.7 FM - ABC Local Radio (relay of 774 Melbourne)
- 98.5 FM - ONE FM Community Radio (Poor reception in Seymour)
- 1260 AM - Sport 927 (Relay of 927 AM Melbourne - Racing)
Melbourne Radio heard in Seymour :
- 621 AM - ABC Radio National
- 693 AM - 3AW (Talkback / Sport)
- 774 AM - ABC Metropolitan Radio
- 927 AM - Sport 927 (Racing)
There is no digital radio transmission in Seymour at this time.
- Prime7 (plus 7TWO & 7mate)
- WIN (plus GO! & GEM)
- SC Ten (plus ONE HD & Eleven )
- ABC1 (plus ABC2, ABC3 & ABC News 24)
- SBS ONE (plus SBS TWO & SBS HD)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Seymour (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Puckapunyal (State Suburb)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- John C. Jennings and Robert K. Whitehead (July 2005), Seymour - A Railway Town, Seymour and District Historical Society, p. 3, ISBN 0-9751658-0-1
- "Myki to start on VLine Commuter Services". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Full Points Footy, Seymour, retrieved 2008-07-25[dead link]
- Country Racing Victoria, Seymour Racing Club, retrieved 2009-05-07[dead link]
- Golf Select, Seymour, retrieved 2009-05-11
- John C. Jennings and Robert K. Whitehead (July 2005), Seymour - A Railway Town, Seymour and District Historical Society, ISBN 0-9751658-0-1
- Seymour Victoria Visitor Information Website
- Seymour Victoria Community Information Website
- Seymour Tourism website
- Hit Radio 87.6 FM (Seymour's Youth Radio)
- Seymour FM Community Radio
- Seymour Show (Seymour Agricultural Society Inc)
- Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
- Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
- Old Post Office Seymour
- Seymour Agricultural