WALK down any street in Echuca and you’ll probably stumble upon a building designed by William Vahland.
And during National Trust Month, the Echuca Historical Society will celebrate the famed architect’s work by offering free guided tours of our town’s main Vahland sites.
A migrant from Germany, Vahland was much more than an architect.
He was a key shaper of the Echuca we know today.
The pre-eminent Goldfields architect designed many of north-central Victoria’s prominent public and private buildings, including many in Echuca and surrounds.
Based in Bendigo, he worked at an office in Echuca one day a week.
And while there, created some of our town’s finest buildings including the former town hall, the former courthouse, the former Bank of New South Wales – and even the former Riv office.
The free guided tours of Echuca’s main Vahland sites will be held on Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, May 20.
Led by members of the Echuca Historical Society, the walks will leave from the Campaspe Regional Library at 2pm, lasting for approximately an hour.
For those interested in self-guided tours, maps of the tour will also be available from the library, the Echuca Historical Society and the Echuca Moama Visitor Information Centre.
A booklet celebrating the life and works of William Vahland is available for sale from the Echuca Historical Society.
For more information, call the Echuca Historical Society Museum on 5480 1325.