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Bluestone pavers commemorate Shire's VC recipients

Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Three bluestone pavers were installed at the Travellers Rest on Kirkland Avenue last week, in honour of the Strathbogie Shire’s Victoria Cross Recipients.

The pavers are part of a State Government initiative, in conjunction with the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee, to help Victorians connect with their Anzac Centenary stories.

The three pavers, in honour of VCs Lieutenant Leslie Maygar, Corporal Alexander Burton and Lieutenant Frederick Tubb, provide a great opportunity for locals and visitors stopping in Euroa to acknowledge the gallant efforts of these men.

Victoria currently has 32 Victoria Cross recipients, and each town will receive a bluestone paver in their honour.

Euroa is a place of considerable significance as the only area in the entire Commonwealth to be home to three citizens granted the prestigious award.

Visitors to the Travellers Rest are also directed to the opposite end of Kirkland Avenue to the three bronze life-size statues immortalising Maygar, Burton and Tubb at the special tribute at VC Memorial Park.

Dubbed ‘Honouring Our Heroes’, the $300,000 was a five-year project, undertaken by a small group of locals to create a memorial for the three VCs and was officially opened in 2014.

The project was especially significant for the families of the VCs, with both the Burton and Tubb lines continuing in this district today and Maygar’s Hill, just north of Longwood, named in Lt Maygar’s honour.

The statues contain storyboards which give visitors the opportunity to discover their remarkable tales of bravery.

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