This page has been written by Dianne Young, Devenish community member.
Devenish was founded in the early 1870s and was built in line with the railway line that ran from Benalla through to Oakland's. In the late 1800s and early 1900s Devenish was a vibrant little community. It boasted a number of hotels, a Post Office, a Butter Factory, two General Stores, Blacksmith, Bacon Factory, Bakers Shop and three Churches to name a few.
Today there is a Post Office/General Store, Hotel, Hall, Primary School, a Church and Sporting Facilities. We also have a Park and an Agricultural Museum.
Devenish is home to around 100 residents. A small group of local ladies cater for numerous functions and in 2016 held a very successful High Tea in the Devenish Hall.
In 2018, the community revealed their silo art masterpiece on the eve of Anzac Day - Tuesday 24 April 2018. The small community of Devenish contributed more than 50 volunteers to the First World War. They marked the centenary in a unique way, painting their GrainCorp silo as a lasting memorial. Artist Cam Scale completed the project, which focuses on the role of wartime nurses. The funding for the project was sourced by the Devenish community, and the launch event was attended by more than 150 people and many media representatives. You can read more in our Media Release - Devenish silo art celebrates a century of the service of women to their country or visit enjoybenalla.com.au.