Australia Day in Seymour

Friday, 7 February 2014

Every 26 January – Australia Day – I go somewhere in the state of Victoria as part of the Australia Day Ambassador Programme. This year it was Seymour, a country town about 100km (60miles) north of Melbourne.

Seymour Vietnam Veterans Walk 542

▲ Seymour’s got lots Goulburn Valley countryside around the town and some interesting wineries to sample. Right in the centre it’s got the Vietnam Veterans Walk, a curving glass and steel memorial which names every Australian serviceman and woman who served in Vietnam.

Seymour SES in action 542

▲ The Australia Day activities included the SES – State Emergency Service – showing how they can rip a crashed car apart to get a trapped occupant out after an accident. The car they chopped up was a 1994 Mitsubishi Lancer and I was kind of sad to see it destroyed (it looked perfectly usable) because it was a slightly older (1988) version of the same car that Maureen and I drove from London to Banjul in Gambia on the West Coast of Africa in the 2007 Plymouth-Banjul Challenge. Our little Mitsubishi performed perfectly on that three week excursion.