is a picturesque little town settled on the banks of the Glenelg
River. Nestled beneath rolling hills and grand old red gums, it
is reputed to be one of the oldest inland towns in Victoria. In
its heyday it was a thriving town with three hotels, a courthouse,
a log jail, stabling for the trooper's horses, brickwork's, Chinese
market gardens and a depot for Cobb & Co. Harrow today is a journey
into living history.
The first business was established at Harrow in approximately 1840
on the common boundary of three major grazing properties. The town
grew to accommodate the expanding workforce and there was at one
time two hotels in Harrow as well as three general stores, a drapery
business, a blacksmith, a saddlery shop, a bakery, a shoemaker,
flour mills, Chinese market gardens and a brickwork's.
The migration of people to larger centres and the reduced workforce
on the land have seen Harrow decrease in size but it still holds
it's quaint beauty and old-world charm.
Things to Do and See
The Harow Sound and Light Show has quickly become a major tourist
attraction for the small town. Developed entirely by members of
the community, the show sees the town come alive at night as you
mingle with characters typical of the 1800's. The Hermitage Hotel
(1884) is the starting point.
There are Pioneer Market Days every third Sunday, and many other
notable places to visit including the Kalang Cottage -a restored
cottage built in 1876 and the Log Gaol (1859) which is a fine example
of pioneer craftsmanship.
Don't miss the annual Billy Cart Races on the Labour Day weekend
Other Points of interest
Harrow claims to have Victoria's oldest 'inland' pub, but watch
The Red Hill Museum is a pastoral museum, showcasing old world machinery,
horse gear, and buggies.
The Harrow Transport Museum in Blair St, offers an insight into
motoring history with a selection of rare vehicles, garage equipment
and transport memorabilia.
The old Police Station: Built in 1886. The police were first stationed
in Harrow in 1853 and the site of the first station is near the
The Original Post Office (1885- 1993) and the R.S.L. Hall (1877)
which was originally the Court house and was used for hearings until
1960, Memorial Hall (1977), built on the site of the original Mechanics
Hall which was destroyed by fire in 1976.
The Johnny Mullagh Memorial Park, which commemorates the memory
of Johnny Mullagh, a well known koorie from Western Victoria. He
was a famous cricketer from Harrow who played with the first koorie
cricket team to visit England, in 1868.
How to Get There
Harrow is 390km north-west of Melbourne
Melways Ref: 519 K11
Edenhope Visitor Information Centre
98 Elizabeth St, Edenhope
Tel: (03) 5585 1509
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