The Goulburn Club

The Goulburn Club, ‘a social club for gentlemen’ until 1988 when it opened up to anyone wishing to join or visit, was established in 1877. It originally met as a group of whist players in the Commercial Hotel then located on the corner of Market Street and Sloane Street – less than one hundred metres to the right of the current club premises and now the site of the Goulburn Soldiers Club (worthy a visit in its own right). Continue reading “The Goulburn Club”

Smell the Roses -Victoria Park Rose Gardens

Goulburn has for a long time been seen as little more than a highway stop and a place to see the Big Merino (see separate review on this oversized ram) en-route between Canberra/Melbourne and Sydney. In 1992 the Hume Highway bypassed the city by a few kilometres and to make matters worse, eateries and fuel stations set up at one of the highway turnoffs and soon the Big Merino was moved there as well. Many saw the bypass as a death knell for the main part of the city. Continue reading “Smell the Roses -Victoria Park Rose Gardens”

It’s Green! – St Peter and St Paul’s Old Cathedral

Yes, it is indeed green!

It is green, I can assure you not because of the Irish connection (that will become evident shortly) but rather, because it is built from a locally quarried green diorite porphyrite igneous stone. It is finished with a Marulan sandstone dressing (I make it sound rather like a salad!). The deep purple roof slates are from Bangor in Wales. Continue reading “It’s Green! – St Peter and St Paul’s Old Cathedral”

St Saviour’s Cathedral

This is one of the, if not the, most beautiful Gothic Revival churches in Australia. It is the Cathedral Church of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, named after Jesus, in his role as Saviour. It may come as a surprise to some readers that the Anglican Cathedral and the Bishop for Canberra (Australia’s capital city) are located in this small city of around 20,000 people, nearly 100 kilometres from the capital. Continue reading “St Saviour’s Cathedral”

Jerrabomberra Mountain Reserve – Summit Walk

As a continuation of my exploration of the New South Wales – Australian Capital Territory(ACT) border city of Queanbeyan, started the week before, I thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk to the summit of nearby Mount Jerrabomberra from which there are expansive views down over the city. An added treat, I read, would be the views back to the ACT summits of Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie and Mount Majura, as well as views out towards the distant Brindabellas. The also touted views down to the Hume light industrial estate were less of a drawcard, for me. Continue reading “Jerrabomberra Mountain Reserve – Summit Walk”

Argyle Emporium (Bookshop) – Former Court and Police Station

For those who love secondhand books (including rare and hard to find editions), vinyl records/ music and audio cassettes, comics, or other entertainment memorabilia including limited edition items, but above all books, and who are in need of a bit of retail therapy, it is impossible to go past the Argyle Emporium – housed in the Goulburn’s former courthouse and police station. Continue reading “Argyle Emporium (Bookshop) – Former Court and Police Station”

Belmore Park War Memorials

Belmore Park, in the centre of Goulburn, has not one but three War Memorials none of which relate to the most commemorated war of all, World War I. The most impressive of the memorials here is the one commemorating those who served and died in the Second Boer War. The others are an Honour Roll, honouring those who served in World War II and subsequent wars up to and including Vietnam, and a National Servicemen’s Memorial remembering all the National Servicemen from Australia who served between 1951 and 1972. Continue reading “Belmore Park War Memorials”

Drink Water! – Temperance Fountain

Temperance societies first appeared in the United States in the early 1800s though they became more active in the late 1880s and early 1900s. Their aim varied from trying to get people to cut down on the consumption of alcohol, to asking people to abstain (teetotalism), right through to demanding the total prohibition of alcohol. The societies had varying degrees of success in the US but still spread to the United Kingdom and Australia, among other places. Continue reading “Drink Water! – Temperance Fountain”