Welcome to the Herons Creek Heritage & Tourist Trail

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In the coming year a Self-Drive Heritage Trail through Herons Creek district viewing significant historic sites with accompanying stories will be established. This recently funded project by ‘Your Community Heritage Program’ Australian Government - Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, will enable this invaluable history to be preserved and told. 

Herons Creek district former glory was a significant area for the pioneer timber cutting industry. In the late 1800's the area settled by a number of pioneer families many of whom are still represented by their descendants. Past community meetings have identified a large number of historical places of prominence. There are at least 30 significant landmarks with stories to be told of the former glory of Herons Creek, such as the indigenous people who lived in this area & significant relics, where the paddle streamers picked up logs, where the railway station was located, whereabouts of first settlers homes & their stories, where people like Alice Latham (101 years) was born and that her off-springs are still focal in this district, of several OAM stories, one being our very own Bill Boyd who received national recognition for timber industry, location of marked graves, and where the hub of Herons Creek was in the late 1800s before the rail or Herons Creek Timber Mill was established: are just some of the significant landmarks & stories to be shared.

“Our dream, is becoming a reality,” Martin Parish, Pastor of Herons Creek Heritage Community Chapel, said. “Creating a Heritage & Tourist Trail throughout our district, recording & displaying some incredible stories & its people, will put Herons Creek back on the map, bringing people in to the area, show casing its forgotten history. It will promote growth in tourism, accommodation & businesses in the district. It will educate local primary school students giving an overall appreciation of past residents & their stories. It will build pride in a township which has lost its sense of community & connectedness.”

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Heritage Trail through Herons Creek district viewing significant historic sites with accompanying stories.

“It will include Aboriginal & European settlers’ history & stories. These signs will be similar to the recently erected heritage sign at St Mary’s Anglican Church in Blackbutt Road, Herons Creek”.

As the bulk of relevant information has been recorded in recent publications in ‘Footsteps and Foundation’ of a number of districts within the Kendall district including Herons Creek. (These were resourced & written by members & produced by the Kendall Heritage Society. The books are A4 sized with over 100 pages which include photo-graphs, maps and newspaper extracts from the mid-1800s covering 100 years of history. There are 3 in the series).

This project is under the auspices of the Kendall Heritage Society, an active Heritage group that started 15 years ago, with the aim of preserving the history of Kendall & surrounding districts. What they have achieved since is an acknowledgement of the people involved. Two notable projects include a section of the historic Longworth tramline and the Henry Kendall statue in town. In the past few years they have also produced three books: one on Kendall and the surrounding area; one on Kew and Herons Creek; and the last one were about the Lorne Valley. There are other numerous projects completed & new ones underway in the near future. And now they are giving valuable oversight to this project at Herons Creek.

Funding has been secured to erect signs near each location creating a Heritage Trail, recording & highlighting significant heritage locations & stories of Herons Creek district & its people. It will include Aboriginal & European settlers’ history & stories. These signs will be similar to the recently erected heritage sign at St Mary’s Anglican Church in Blackbutt Road, Herons Creek.

"Our dream includes the establishment of a website with QR codes to support the Trail.
This trail will connect to Kendall, adjoining historic town where Henry Kendall lived, increasing tourism & business there also."

As the bulk of relevant information has been recorded in recent publications in ‘Footsteps and Foundation’ of a number of districts within the Kendall district including Herons Creek. (These were resourced & written by members & produced by the Kendall Heritage Society. The books are A4 sized with over 100 pages which include photo-graphs, maps and newspaper extracts from the mid 1800s covering 100 years of history. There are 3 in the series).

On April 21st 2013 we ran tours of this proposed trail as part of the National Heritage Festival, just a glimpse of some of these sites & stories.

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