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A taste of history

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October 20, 2017

Dhurringle mansion as it was during World War II when it was used to house German prisoners of war. Picture courtesy of Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum

The history of the Dhurringile mansion will be explained and explored at the inaugural Heritage Open Day next weekend.

Residents and visitors to Greater Shepparton will have an opportunity to visit more than 40 places of historic interest, never before opened to the public.

‘‘We’ll have a leaflet at every place providing a history and heritage significance of the site,’’ Heritage Advisory Committee secretary Anne Tyson said.

The story behind the Dhurringile mansion involves a Scottish family who migrated to Ballarat in 1841.

Discovery of gold on the Winter family property transformed their life and provided the funds to build the two-storey brick residence.

In March 1965, Dhurringile was purchased by the Victorian Government Penal Department for use in the rehabilitation of alcoholic prisoners.

Today, it remains as a minimum security prison but the house itself accommodates no prisoners and has undergone restoration and been adapted for use as a training centre.

Walks, talks, tours and visits with free buses will be running throughout Saturday, October 28, with interested people urged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour and booking information is available at www.greatershepparton.com.au or by phoning the council’s building and planning department on 5832 9730.

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