Towong Shire

History, Arts and Culture

The Towong Shire is rich in pioneering history dating back to the 1830's when early settlers followed the path of Hume and Hovell in 1824 to take up large tracts of rich pastural land. The generations born in this region are proud of their heritage and passionate about the area. The Upper Murray is home to the legend of the 'Man from Snowy River', Jack Riley, a famous bushman purported to be the subject of Banjo Paterson's famous poem. Museums and galleries offer an insight into the history and culture of the area. The picturesque valleys and mountain views afford many an artist the inspiration they need to produce their best works. 

Australia Day Community Awards 2021

Council, in partnership with local community groups, recognised the achievements of community members at Australia Day Community Award Ceremonies across the Shire on 26 January 2021.

Man from Snowy River Museum

The Man from Snowy River Museum is located in Corryong. Here you can learn about Jack Riley, purported to be the subject of Banjo Paterson's famous Australian poem, 'The Man from Snowy River' and learn about the pioneering life of the early settlers.