Park is named for brave soldiers

July 13, 2017

Mivo Park in 1965 with Civic Centre site in background.

Mivo Park by the courthouse.

Mr Harold Patterson, a member of Cobram Barooga RSL, says that back in the late 1950s and early 1960s the council of the day called for names for what we now know as Mivo Park, for which there were many suggestions.

Mivo, pronounced ‘‘Mervo’’ by the army, is a river at Bougainville, in New Guinea.

It was as far down south as the troops of the 15th Brigade reached during World War II.

The 15th Brigade comprised about 50 to 60 members from within 80km of Cobram, Berrigan, Corowa, Finley and Tocumwal.

They patrolled the banks of the river for two weeks before the end of the war.

It was there, in the middle of the river, that a Japanese general surrendered his sword at the end of hostilities.

So the park was named in honour of these men who served in the 15th Brigade.

The names of these brave Aussie soldiers are recorded in the RSL minutes; should you wish to know who they are, contact Mr Patterson.

The Cobram Historical Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8pm at the Old School House in Punt Rd; all welcome.

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