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15-April-2016(Sandra Brown)
15-April-2016(Sandra Brown)

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Sandra Brown

The Memorial Archway was originally erected for the visit of the Colonial Governor, Sir Henry Brougham Loch. It symbolises the importance of the local redgum industry in Echuca, which supplied piles used in the construction of wharves in Geelong and Williamstown, sleepers for the railways, and export timber for use in India and other British colonies.

The Red Gum Memorial is a tangible reminder of the redgum pioneer, James Mackintosh, and his Echuca and Moama Redgum Sawmill Company which was once responsible for the employment of over 500 people. He was a prominent local citizen, being a Borough Councillor and Mayor, and an elder of the Presbyterian Church.

The Memorial Arch is registed by the Heritage Council of Victoria. 

Location

Address:Scenic Drive, Victoria Park, Echuca, 3564
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.1163
Long: 144.742619
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:September-1884
Approx. Event End Date:September-1884

Dedication

Front Inscription

The James Mackintosh Red Gum Trophy
Presented On The Occasion Of Governor Sir H.B. Loch`s Visit September 1884

Left Side Inscription
Plaque :
Shire Of
CAMPASPE

RED GUM ARCH

In 1884 Sir H.B. Loch, Governor of Victoria, visted Echuca to open the "Grand National Show" at Echuca South Showgrounds, organized by the newly formed A.& P. Society. It was a gala occasion and after a huge welcome at the station, the Governor's party in 54 horse-drawn vehicles drove through the decorated streets and crossed the new bridge. 

James Mackintosh, leading Echuca sawmiller, donated this red gum arch, first erected near the corner of High & Heygarth Streets, It was held together with wooden pegs but when later moved to Victoria Park, these were replaced with tie rods to ensure its stability.

By 1948 the arch was unstable and demolition contempated but a group of volunteers held working bees and repaired the structure, After another 60 years it again showed signs of wear and was repaired by the Shire of Campaspe & Heritage Victoria in 2012. 

Plaque:
           Heritage
           Council
           Victoria
           Heritage
           Council
           Victoria

Redgum Memorial Arch

     is registered by the 
Heritage Council of Victoria

Erected in 1884 by James Mackintosh, owner of the local sawmill, for the visit of the Governor Sir H B Loch, this is the only known example in Victoria of a 19th century ceremonial arch, a type usually intended to be temporary. 

Victorian Register Heritage Number H1092

 
Source: MA,VMR,RHSV
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