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Could be a song in that title. I digress. Cooma has quite a few historical buildings and they tend to be in clusters. One of the prettiest, especially in spring, is Lambie Street, in which the name Hain figures over and over again. The street itself was named after John Lambie, the then Commissioner for Crown Lands on the Monara during the 1840's.
The Hain name is writ large upon every second building here. The builder Joseph Hain marked the bricks at number 7 where George Mould, a former medical student from Dublin, offered free medical services (form an orderly queue to the right please!).
Next door (9) was a licenced premises built for James Hain and tragedy ensued when William Hain was sleeping in a newly-painted room in the hotel the night before it opened and lit a fire in a bucket to speed the drying of the paint but was overcome by the deadly fumes.
The pub on the previous page was built by James Hain and number 19 was built for Frederick Hain, son of Joseph, and it later became an honorary magistrate's home.
Number 20 was built by a skilled English stonemason for Joseph Hain's daughter, Mre. Rose, and the remodelled garden has won several awards.
Number 23 was built by Joseph Hain and was the residence of the journalist who founded the local paper (the Cooma Monaro Express), Gustave Miller.
Written Sep 24, 2005
Address: would you believe Lambie Street?
The verandah, that's what you should notice. It seems some public servant got it in their head to get rid of verandahs on public buildings in the 1950's. This tragic (to my mind) point of view had the effect of ruining the look of old towns, around N.S.W. at least. Fortunately in Cooma, one building, and one building only, survived the demolition order and today it stands proudly at number 59 Lambie Street.
It's the Royal Hotel and, harking back to another era, it used to have two dining rooms, first and second class. It also had a ballroom and they used fire-resistant iron, the latter a bit of a mystery to me as I thought all iron was reasonably fire-resistant!
The verandah and decorative gables were added in 1902, some 44 years after the original construction.
Written Sep 23, 2005
Address: 59 Lambie Street
I'm sure there are other great 'Must See' activities in Cooma, but we only had time to find a couple of them.
I was rather taken with the quality of the murals.
Written Feb 25, 2005
As a result of Cooma's varied history there are many interesting historic and cultural attractions in the town.
The Lord Raglan Inn was built during the Kiandra Gold Rush to accommodate travellers to the gold fields.
Today it houses the Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre. Where you can view works by local artists as well as special exhibitions by artists from further around the area.
Updated Mar 4, 2003
Favorite thing: The construction of the Scheme began officially on 17 October 1949 with a blast of dynamite on the Eucumbene River at Adaminaby. During the next 25 years, the Snowy Mountains Scheme brought together over 100,000 people from more than 30 countries, including Australia, to work on the project. While migrants outnumbered Australians, Australians (including Indigenous Australians) made up one third of the workforce.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the commencement of the Scheme's construction, an Avenue of Flags was erected in Cooma in 1959, celebrating the diversity of nationalities that worked on the construction of the Scheme.
Written Dec 12, 2002