The Big Merino

  I stayed in Goulburn for a few days this week to help our southern plant out for work. I had a bit of spare time after work so I decided to have a look around. Where I stayed was right next door to The Big Merino. So I had to go and have a look. Built in 1985 as a monument to Goulburn and the surrounding districts fine wool industry, it stands 15.2m high, 18 metres long and weighs in at 97 tonnes. He is an impressive life like model of ‘Rambo’, a stud ram from a local property, Bullamallita.  Recently relocated to his present home just off the Hume Highway, its worth stopping in to check him out and look out his eyes over Goulburn.The Goulburn district is an area rich in Australian history and culture, with sweeping plains, rolling pastures and dramatic gorges. Discovered during exploration by an ex-convict, John Wilson, Goulburn was Australia’s first settled inland city and was named after Henry Goulburn, the Secretary of State for War and Colonies at the time 

Goulburn Panorama


 Goulburn War Memorial and Museum

Located on the top of Rocky Hill standing at a height of 20 meters is a square tower of stone conglomerate and concrete known as the War Memorial.

It was built by public subscription in 1924 as a lasting tribute to the gallant men of Goulburn and the District who served in World War 1.

A tablet inscribed with the names of those enlisted from the District can be found inside thee tower.

The lookout gallery at the top of the Memorial provides spectacular views over the city of Goulburn and its surrounding environment.

Housed in the adjacent cottage is a valuable collection of artefacts allocated to the city of Goulburn after World War 1, consisting of weapons, personal items used by soldiers, memorabilia and medals.

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  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

  2. I love the panorama! The clouds look wonderful!

  3. That is certainly one big Merino!

    I’ve got an ‘out west’ mission coming this weekend, Friday afternoon we head to Dubbo for the night, then out to Bourke on Saturday morning, then to Tamworth on Sunday, then to Port Macquarie on Monday morning.. Load and loads of kilometres!

    Just finished a writeup on AdToll, check it out here..

    PS. Not sure if it’s only me, but your sidebar isn’t displaying on the right..it’s been pushed by something down to the bottom left at the end of the page..weird..

  4. Hrmm, seems that it’s only a problem on the frontpage, not the content pages..

  5. Thanks everyone for the great comments.

    Matt: It appears as though a youtube embed was upsetting the formatting of the theme. I have deleted the offending post as I have tried embeding it 3 times to no avail. It wasnt getting hits anyway.

  6. Wow, I love that panorama, and thanks for the info. I’d never heard much about goulburn.

  7. Hi… just came across your site… I too am from Newcastle but am now living in the US… it is fun finding people from home… nice photos too… I too am a ‘budding’ photographer… though very far from it… they are at http://flissyscorner.blogspot.com/ nice meeting you and will drop by again one day… take care

  8. What an awesome statue. Your photography is beautiful.

  9. Hey Mate,
    Love the big Merino! I have driven by that slag of concrete many times traveling between Melbourne and Sydney. ON the last trip, I took a picture of the full moon descending above Rambo’s butt. It didn’t turn out as nice as I had hoped as the moon was too pale to catch the humour in the shot.

    Nice blog and photos. Drop around my place sometime http://www.littleredplanet.com


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