Gundagai Historic Museum

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Step back in time with a visit to the Gundagai Historical Museum. This place is a real treasure trove packed (10,000 items, so they claim) with old machinery, photographs, clothing, household items,etc, all depicting life in the town in the late 18th and early 19th centuries – a time of pioneers, gold prospectors and bushrangers. Continue reading “Gundagai Historic Museum”

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ANZAC Park War Memorial

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I have written separate reviews on Gundagai’s Boer War Memorial, located in front of the town’s ornate court house, and the WWI Memorial at Rusconi Place near the former railway station. Typically, and especially so in smaller country towns, World War I memorials have been expanded to also commemorate sacrifices in WWII and later wars and conflicts. Indeed this occurred in Gundagai but in 1958 a new memorial park, with a grouping of memorials to various wars and conflicts was built in what is now known as ANZAC Park, which also includes a football stadium and various other recreational facilities. This is now Gundagai’s main war memorial. Continue reading “ANZAC Park War Memorial”

Yarri and the Great Flood of 1852

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Located along Sheridan Lane by Morley’s Creek are a number of reminders of the 1852 flood in Gundagai.

Europeans began settling in Gundagai in the 1820s. Ignoring the advice of the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, they established and developed the town on the low-lying alluvial flats between the Murrumbidgee River and Morley’s Creek – that large expanse of lowland (floodplain) between the river and today’s town which you can see traversed by the Prince Alfred Bridge and the Old Railway Bridge (picture 5). Continue reading “Yarri and the Great Flood of 1852”

Dog on the Tuckerbox Murals

74Gundagai is famous for its Dog on the Tuckerbox sculpture located at Five Mile Creek outside the town.

In my separate review of the sculpture I have given details of the story behind it so will not repeat the details here. Please read my Dog on the Tuckerbox review in conjunction with this review if you have not already read it.

Here on Sheridan Street, Gundagai’s main street, the Dog on the Tuckerbox story is depicted in a few aging/ flaky murals on the outside of the Gundagai Pharmacy (across the street from St Patrick’s Church). Continue reading “Dog on the Tuckerbox Murals”

Gundagai Post Office and Mounted Postie

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Certainly for me the post office is one of the nicest buildings in Gundagai. It is a fairly simple red brick building built in 1879. I especially like the ‘swirl’ on the balcony which has an early art deco look, so either it was ahead of its time or it was a later addition to the original building.

More interesting than the building itself is that Gundagai Post Office was the base of Australia’s last mounted postie (postman). Continue reading “Gundagai Post Office and Mounted Postie”

Boer War Memorial

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The Second Boer War (1899–1902), which ended with the Treaty of Vereeniging and the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies, involved large numbers of troops from many British possessions right across the world. This was the last great war restricted to Empire participants and ironically Australia’s first war as a nation, following Federation in 1901. Australians made up five per cent of all Commonwealth forces serving in South Africa during the war. This was a major contribution given the size of its population. Continue reading “Boer War Memorial”