Horsham is the next town (city)
encounted when traveling the Great Western Hgy from Adelaide to
Melbourne. Horsham is the perceived ‘capitol’ of the west of Victoria,
but falls short on ‘friendly city’ aesthetics. The town has all
services and is easy to navigate, but from a design and heritage
perspective the place is a disaster.
Horsham was surveyed and settled in the late 1840s,
the Post Office opening on 1 July 1848. The first settlers were James
Monckton Darlot and Charles Carter.
The Horsham Borough Council and the Shire of Wimmera
operated the McKenzie Creek Tramway from the town to a stone quarry,
some 8 kilometres (5 mi) to the south. The horse tramway opened in
1885 and ceased operating in 1927. Special picnic trains operated from
time to time conveying residents in open wagons.
The city a key service provider to the extensive
rural network of the region.
Horsham is a town with no central feature. The
helps the city profile to the north but nothing in any other
Many a building is awful and one wonders what decision
processes are/were at work.
The location of the War Memorial is city fringe and
unsigned from the north. The Memorial itself is ok and modern.
There are a number of old pubs that have so far
survived the developers hammer.
There is no museum that was identified.
With the exception of the Anglican
the churches are of a modern design.
The Catholic being just awful.
With exception of the Anglican Church and the window
at the Royal Hotel
other than attending for an event, function or shopping there is real
need to visit.