Friday, 8 November 2019

Gundagai, NSW

Gundagai NSW

The site of Gundagai originally a sheep run called Willia Ploma, was surveyed ij 1838, and the town, a former riverport derived its present name from an Aboriginal term meaning 'going upstream'.  A disastrous flood in 1852 drowned 89 townspeople.

We stayed two night in Gundagai giving us more time to look around. Last year we didn't drive into town only stopped on a hill to have lunch.

The first photo was taken not that far from Gundagai.






The characters of Dad and Dave are well-known part of Australia's cultural history.  Created by Steele Rudd for his 'On Our Selection' novels, Dad, Dave, Mum and Mabel were characters set against the backdrop of land selection in the late 19th century.  The humour of the 'On Our Selection' novels struck a chord with readers, and the Dad and Dave characters formed the basis for a couple of silent films.

During the 1930's the characters became the basis of a popular radio series, Dad and Dave.
There was Dad and Dave from Snake Gully on the radio which was created by radio actor and producer George Edwards, the series ran for 16 years - an astonishing 2,276 episodes - finishing shortly after Edward's death in 1953.
For those interested you can here the very first episode of Dad and Dave [ here ].  The audio/episode goes for 12 minutes and it's priceless.


Yarri and Jacky Jacky the larger than life-size, bronze sculpture to commemorate the 165th anniversary of the Great Flood of Gundagai in 1852.
The sculpture celebrates the heroic work of Yarri and Jacky Jacky, along with other members of the Wiradjuri tribe in saving some 69 townsfolk from the floodwaters.





The railway station




The Post Office and Gundagai Theatre.


One of the Hotels - Pubs.

33 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful place to explore. I like the sculptures and thanks for the link.

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  2. As soon as I saw the post title, Slim Dusty leapt into my head
    'There's a track winding back to an o-old fashioned shack
    Along the road to Gundagai
    Where the blue gums are growin' and the Murrumbidgee's flowin'
    Beneath the sunny sky...'
    For such a small town it carries a heap of history with it - and carries it well.

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    1. Great song EC. Lot of history in Gundagai and I don't know half of it.

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  3. Interesting and historical little town, and I love the sculptures commemorating the awful flood.

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    1. When a town has such history is lovely to see that they remember those who helped.

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  4. I remember it well from a couple of years ago. It is a nice town. I love the two sculptures.

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    1. The are wonderful and so well done, unfortunately the sun was in the wrong place for Dad, Dave, Mum and Mabel.

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  5. Muy simpáticas las estatúas que has fotografiado.

    Besos

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  6. Great memories of Gundagai -visiting college mates from my Joeys days.
    They were all very sports mad and GOOD - Rugby Union, Tennis and Cricket.
    The hotel in the last shot was owned by the family of one of the boys.
    We had great reunions in that bar!!!!

    The country side looks OK when you visited.........I am sure it is a lot drier now which is most disheartening.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Colin

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    1. Well fanny that about the pub it still stand tall and proud. Lovely and green there on the way up and I do expect no so much now even though it may have rained.
      You are welcome on your memories..we forget some things, then see photos and it brings back lovely memories.

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    2. I think it is the first time that I have enlarged a photo on a blog.
      I was sure it was the pub and the enlargement brought quite a smile to my face.
      Colin

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  7. Muy bonito. Esperando el siguiente reportaje. Besitos.

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  8. I will have to check into Dad and Dave a little further. I had never heard of them before.

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  9. I love the post office-- but I often do like your post offices. I see that our "Yield" sign is "Give Way" the the land of Oz. In the American idiom I thin give way would be restricted to something that is collapsing. Like me. Nice post, as always.

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    1. Didn't know about your 'Yield' sign, learn something everyday :)
      Thank you.

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  10. Great photos and great memories of a few trips there over the years. Thanks.

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  11. Magnifica serie de imagenes. Me gusta mucho la fotografia de la cabecera

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  12. How did they get that lorry on top of container...................

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  13. A crane I guess, we have several large 'thing's that are heavy up high in Australia.

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