More woolly facts - Rambo eat your heart out
Ta to David Clark for the following:
"Over three quarters of Australia's 136 million sheep are merinos and the Big Merino pays homage to this region's fine-wool past. The brainchild of Big Things visionaries Louis and Attila Mokany (who were also responsible for the Big Oyster at Taree, now a car yard, and the Big Prawn at Ballina), the Big Merino was modelled on a real-life, prize-winning local stud ram named Rambo from the Bullamallita Stud. And if you like your Big Things big, you can't fault this woolly mammoth for shear size – it's 15.2 metres high, 18 metres long and tips the scales at 98 tonnes.
Glenn Industries constructed the giant steel frame and covered and shaped it with wire mesh. It was then sprayed and detailed with reinforced concrete by Adelaide sculptor Silvio Apponyi. It took six months to build and in its first year attracted over 1.2 million visitors.
There was a storm of controversy a week before the opening when Canberra Times journalist Ian Warden dismissed the new ram as 'tasteless and a monstrosity', bringing a swift rebuff from local MP John Sharp. The Goulburn Post described the media madness on opening day, 20 September 1985, as a 'ram jam'. Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism John Brown presided over the official opening and said, 'Anyone who doesn't like the ram is not a true Australian.'
You can also get fleeced at the gift shop, wedged below its tail end, which is well stocked with Big Merino (and other sheep-related) memorabilia, including postcards, tea towels, coffee mugs, fridge magnets and highly prized snowdomes. Upstairs, the complex houses an educational display featuring the history of wool in Austrlaia and from there you can climb to the top level and peer out from the eyes for a 'sheep's eye' view over the town. A pair of giant testicles are also visible on the roof of the souvenir shop, upon which they discreetly lie.
Sadly, Goulburn and the Big Merino were bypassed by the freeway in 1994, but the mighty ram still draws crowds."
See my opening page for a picture.
St. Saviour cathedral - THE GREAT EAST WINDOW
Walking towards the altar, I couldn't help noticing the beautiful Christian artwork of this window.
Noted for its size and beauty, this window forms the visual climax of the building. It was made in London in 1885 after the style of early sixteenth century Flemish glass such as is found in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
My photo is a little blurred, so you probably will not be able to pick these out, but I will tell you, and you can go for a look yourself.
Its seven lights portray six events: (upper left) the angels announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds; (lower left) the twelve-year-old Jesus converses with the doctors in the Temple; (lower centre) Jesus is baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist; (lower right) Jesus teaches the multitudes; (upper right) the apostles and women watch Jesus ascend into Heaven; and (centre) Jesus hangs on the cross.
This building, started in 1843 and completed at the end of the 1840s, is now the home of the Goulburn and District Historical Society.
James Sinclair, and architect and builder, moved here in 1839 and this was his home until 1852. It has 18 rooms and was done in three stages.
Among other buildings accredited to him are the fabulous court house, shown in my earlier tips.
After him came a lot of Bull, namely Joseph, who was half of the firm Bull and Woodward. After he vacated in 1876, Edward J Ball, twice mayor of the town, moved in until 1900. However, during his occupancy, various rooms were used as doctor's consulting room, boarding house and a school for young ladies.
From 1900 it was used principally as a boarding house, aided no doubt by its favourable position near the railway station.
It was with the Pursehouse family till 1967 and then it was earmarked for destruction. Fortunately, far sighted people in Goulburn saw a need to preserve their heritage and, with the aid of a grant, the council bought it in 1970.
Just seven years later St. Clair, as it was named, was reopened in its new guise.
"AUSTRALIA'S 1ST INLAND CITY"
A little information about Goulburn……..
GOULBURN IS OLD!
TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND THE COTTAGES OF OLD..........
On 14th March, 1863, Goulburn was proclaimed a City by Royal Letters
Patent by Queen Victoria, making it the First Inland city in Australia.
The settlement was drawn up in 1828, and was situated on the bend of
the Wollondilly River.
As this area frequently flooded, a new site further down was chosen, this
is the Central Business District today.
The new town plan was gazette in 1833.
A productive district for grazing and agriculture, then the Pastoral industry
became predominant in the 1860’s.
Goulburn was known for its harsh correctional facilities, with a lock-up
being established in the 1830’s.
There still is the Goulburn Gaol operating here today.
The 1st steam Train arrived in Goulburn in 1869, with the Railway officially
opening the same year.
Goulburn is well known for Merino sheep and the Wool industry, hence the big Merino tourist attraction.
So, as you can read, this City has a lot of history to offer those who are interested.
LOCATED…. 2 HOURS FROM SYDNEY….
AND 1 HOUR FROM CANBERRA.