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445-465 Sandy Point Road, Goulburn, 2580, Australia
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St. Peter & Pauls Cathedral
Belmore park & Hollis fountain
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The house was what I first noticed. It's a standout early Australian piece of period architecture, complete with dormer windows.
Built in 1857, Garroorigang is a unique heritage home lived in by the collateral descendants of explorer Hamilton Hume. Filled with a rare collection of 150 years of colonial and Australian history, Garroorigang is included in the Register of the National Estate as a site of national significance.
The home's history and contents reflect its time as a teamsters Inn on the route to the goldfields, a private school for gentlemen's sons and today as a classic example of a private residence in the Victorian era.
Located two minutes off the old Hume highway, Garroorigang is open daily for individual and group tours. Members of the family provide visitors with a personal guided tour through the home and its fascinating contents.
The Homestead and garden are also available, by arrangement, for weddings and other special events.
St. Saviours cathedral - THE FONT
As I walked into the Cathedral, I noticed what is the original font. As baptism is the way a Christian enters Christ's Church, so the font stands near the door as a sign of the way in.
It was also carved by John Roddis in Birmingham, U.K.
It shows the baptism of Jesus; the Ethiopian being baptised by Philip with camels in the background; Jesus blessing the children and the baptism of the Centurion.
On the corners are the four Gospel writers. The stone comes from Caen in Normandy, France, from the same quarries used in many of the great French and English cathedrals. The canopy is made of Queensland maple
The house on the hill
Just south of Goulburn, on the Hume Highway, there's an abandoned house set beside some mature pine trees on the rise of a hill.
I first jumped the fence (trespassing is a photographer's constant companion) about 20 years ago when the building was slightly more presentable than it is today. There was a little more iron on the roof and one or two more bricks but it is still recognizable as an early settler's farm house.
Sadly these buildings are decaying with few attempts to preserve them. I noticed many on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. In reality, there's little one can do but lament their passing. Australians are generally much more aware of their heritage than they were, say, 50 years ago, but there's only so many buildings you can conserve.
I hope with some photography here and there to at least have images of some of them.
I hope you enjoy.
GOULBURN - thirsty town
I shall revisit this page at some future time to add details on what is a quite historic and pleasant town. I've been prompted to create the page now by discussions in VT about water restrictions.
Goulburn isn't normally a particularly dry place, but the drought which began in the late 1990s in eastern Australia has created a particularly severe water shortage there - to the extent that the dams essentially are dry. That meant the introduction of Stage 5 water restrictions from 1 October 2004. These involve a ban on all outdoor use of water and a request that household use be kept under a target of 150 litres per person daily. As far as I am aware, Goulburn is (to date) the only Australian city which has needed to go to this stage of water usage limitations.
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