Gundagai Railway Station

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Gundagai, being roughly half way between Sydney and Melbourne, was for a long time an important transport hub. Sadly, nowadays it is a town most people speed by in a vehicle on the Hume Highway or in a metal tube 30,000 ft above the town. Continue reading “Gundagai Railway Station”

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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”