Thursday, 8 November 2018

At Holbrook, NSW

Crossed the border from Victoria to NSW in winter then came to a town called Holbrook, so we stopped for a rest at the rest area where the submarine the Otway is a tourist attraction.

A little about Holbrook..
It's a small town in Southern New South Wales (NSW) with a population of about 1,715 people.
Holbrook is renowned for merino wool, wheat and other grains, lucerne, fat cattle and lambs.

To honour Lieutenant Holbrook, the town's namesake, the Holbrook council acquired a portion of the hull of HMAS Otway, an Oberon-class submarine, after it was decommissioned by the Royal Australian Navy in 1955.  The Navy gifted the fin from the submarine to the town.  This resulted in a fund-raiser by almost all of gift from Lt. Holbrook's widow, Gundula Holbrook.  However, this amount was insufficient to purchase all of the Otway.  Through negotiations with the scrap yard in Sydney, the town succeeded in purchasing all of the outside casing of Otway above the waterline.  This part of the Otway is now displayed in Germanton Park in the heart of Holbrook, having been dedicated on 7-8 June 1997.
Wikipedia

That's the story of how the HMAS Otway came to Holbrook.









Interesting to read what these are called - just enlarge the photo.




A place for a cuppa tea or coffee and a snack plus our vehicle and caravan on a rather chilly morning in winter.


32 comments:

  1. Ein U-Boot an Land ist mal was neues, schön.

    Noke

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    1. It's different and certainly not expected that's for sure when driving through a town with no sea :)

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  2. I must admit I cringed, thinking about this noble craft being cleaved in half. But better to leave behind memories.

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    1. I expect many submarines, ships end up being destroyed as there is use for the metals..

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    1. Such a large one too, have seen smaller ones at times in Darwin when there a few years back.

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  4. We've never stopped to look at the submarine. We must do so. Holbrook was always the cheapest place to buy petrol between Melbourne and Sydney.

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    1. Well that's interesting regarding the petrol, I bet it's expensive now or maybe a little cheaper than the rest of the places.

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  5. Learning all the time. Thank you. And smiling at the name of that rear view.

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  6. Interesante es la historia y las imágenes que has incluido.

    Besos

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    1. Thank you. IT's always nice to know how certain things got to certain places and why.

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  7. Seems odd to see a submarine up on dry land like that.

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    1. It does David, but Australia does do weird things at times, plus it's different :)

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  8. It seems a worthy monument--- not like turning it into a hamburger stand. Nice pictures.

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    1. We have very few hamburger stands here in Australia. Thanks.

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  9. Quite something and kudos to the people of Holbrook.
    Sure would be a great tourist attraction.
    Holbrook as you write is certainly a top place for excellence in the
    rural economy.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Was lovely and green when we went through, hopefully it still is.

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  10. Didn't recognised the name of the town but when I saw the sub I thought I have been there

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  11. we also saw one submarine, USS Albacore last month.. :)

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  12. Algo inesperado, sin duda, y que tu nos invitas a conocer... Muy bello todo
    Un abrazo

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  13. thank you for the interesting story of submarine Margaret!

    i loved all the images of area

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