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October 26, 2017

Murchison's Day's Mill is among a number of historic Shepparton district places on show during the Heritage Open Day on Saturday.

Heritage aplenty

- Kay Ball, Murchison

It was difficult to identify the point Eric Haass was trying to make in his letter (October 23), and some statements made require correction and clarification.

The statement ‘‘... there is nothing left of heritage value in Shepparton and surrounding district’’ is simply not true. The motivation behind the upcoming Heritage Open Day on October 28 when 40 places of heritage significance are accessible to the public for free, is to debunk this common misunderstanding.

In the Murchison district alone, seven places are involved next Saturday.

They are Day’s Mill, the former Moorilim Catholic Church, Thornebridge (formerly Gregory’s Hotel), historic graves and ossuaries at the cemetery, Heritage Centre, Anglican Church and Dhurringile Mansion.

Dookie, Harston, Merrigum, Tallygaroopna and Tatura have much to offer as well as Mooroopna and Shepparton.

The wording of the letter suggests the former Mooroopna Hospital is part of the Heritage Open Day which is not so.

To say ‘‘... heritage ... it’s all about the visual appeal’’ is a small part of the significance of heritage properties and sites.

The outside appearance might catch your eye but the events and stories of the people connected to heritage places effects the lives and practices of the ensuing generations — this is our heritage.

I invite Eric to join in the Heritage Open Day next Saturday to learn about the history and heritage available in City of Greater Shepparton.

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