Looks like a light house.. but its a war memorial....... even has light on top that rotates like a light house,,,,, but it`s a war memorial.......
**when you drive into town from the north.. you will pass a ``cemetary``,,, just before the ``maximum security prison`` look up and to your left... can`t miss it........
The bulb blew a while ago like $20,000 for a new light globe!!!! so we were without a `light` for like almost a year before the RSL finally took some pokie credits out of the machines got off their bums and got a new globe..
Tax deduction right?? They must have been too busy with Sunday night chook raffles to have the time
I can see the memorial from my house and it`s really pretty at night with the light,, and a fantastic view from UP there at night of Goulburn...... but please dont eat your McDonalds up there enjoying the view and dump the rubbish there ! Disgusting...... have more respect !
Into the streets
Goulburn, along with other towns like Bathurst, Orange, Bendigo etc., is very fruitful if you get out and tour the streets.
Aided in its early days by being the rail centre it became a place where money was spent, even on basic cottages for the workers (pic 2)
The opening shot is of a building called "Cliffortia" which, perhaps not surprisingly, is in Clifford Street.
SIGHTS ON THE HERITAGE WALK OF GOULBURN.
Some other interesting buildings I saw on my heritage walk were.............
[photo1] THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE in Bourke Street.
which was completed in 1901, and has been in continuous use since opening.
[photo 2] THE OLD TOWN HALL in Auburn Street
Built in 1887, is a classic revival building, built with red bricks and a slate roof. It housed the Cities government offices until 1990.
[photo 3] THE POST OFFICE in Auburn Street.
The postal service commenced in 1832, but the Post Office didn't open until 1881. The building is in the Victorian Italianate style. The original arch in the centre of the building gave horse and coach access to the yard behind.
[photo4] ISLINGTON HOUSE in Auburn street.
Was completed in 1883. There has been controversy over the sculptured roof top figures, with nobody knowing exactly who they are.
[photo 5] MARKET STREET
The road to rustic
About 20kms south of Goulburn there's a property that, for me, sums up the word rustic. There are tin sheds, stacks of tyres, crumbling ruins, a cemetery (pic 4), old motorized vehicles and an abandoned shed with remnants of past use donning its shelves.
Me, I love this sort of stuff so I pulled up and went over and took some shots. Hope you enjoy.
The road to somewhere
"What to see?"
For the majority of Australians, Goulburn is a town en route to somewhere else, yet, like others of its ilk, it has things to see and an interesting past.
For instance, considering Australia is noted as a nation of beer drinkers, I would suggest it's a safe bet that hardly any of the topers would know that Australia's oldest brewery is located here.
Its main basis has been rural though the Police Academy and the Goulburn Gaol are certainly significant employers and the reason many people would even know Goulburn is on the map.
Ex-convict John Wilson was the first European to lay eyes on the place in 1798 but it was another 20 years before noted explorer Hume discovered Lake Bathurst in 1818.
The area was named Goulburn Plains in 1820 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in honour of the then secretary of State for War and Colonies.
There are strong links here to some of Australia's most famous explorers, Hume and Hovell, the latter being buried in the local cemetery.
It has other claims to fame though. It is the first inland town to be officially proclaimed a city on 14/3/1863.
Its heritage of fine Federation style buildings make a side trip around the side streets more than worthwhile. To find your way around and know what to see I can heartily recommend the Tourist Information Centre next to the Railway Station in Sloane Street. They have self-guided walking, riding or driving tours all laid out on easy-to-use maps that will cost you the princely sum of ..........nothing!
One thing that never goes unnoticed is the Big Merino (type of sheep, over 100,000,000 of which are in Australia) and it is situated on the main highway south, but was actually shifted from the main road through Goulburn. It's still popular with tourists and, if you're in to some memorabilia, you could do worse than stop here.