The Big Merino, Goulburn, New South Wales

Over at Travel Tales Of Life Sue has some photos of magnificent Big Things. In the comments Australia’s fetish with Big Things was mentioned so I thought I would pop some pictures up here for your enjoyment.

First The Big Merino at Goulburn, New South Wales. You can read about it here and see the current picture of the giant merino ram wearing a giant scarf! These are scans of the postcards I purchased since I doubted I could do it justice with the camera. A day and a night view.

The Big Merino
Biggest Merino in the world, standing 15.2 meters in height and weighing in at 97 tonne.

I’ve just discovered that the Merino was actually relocated 800 metres in 2007, when after it was stranded by the Goulburn bypass. So this is the old location. Historic pictures folks! I purchased the postcards in July 1986 while on a bus tour to Sydney to see the musical ‘Cats’.

(Added later)    In 2013, 100-120 people knitted a gigantic scarf for the ram in celebration of Goulburn’s 150th birthday celebrations. It took 12 people to piece the knitted portions together. Made from about 25kg of 8 ply acrylic (about 7000 metres). The local paper has a gallery of putting the scarf in place. See Goulburn Post.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    All right that is absolutely hilarious. Looks like Canada and Australia have a competition going on here. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the link to my post. Hope my giant T Rex doesn’t pop over for a snack on your sheep!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      You’re welcome Sue. Just about to pop up the big crayfish!

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      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Looking forward to it!

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  2. bkpyett says:

    That looks amazing Christine. My kids used to love the big structures when we were travelling.
    In Tasmania, instead of the big things, they had topiary animals following the highway in the Midlands. They were a big hit too!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Hello Barbara, I hadn’t heard about that. Just found Railton, Town of Topiary, on the internet. It’s amazing what ideas people come up with to promote their area! 🙂

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  3. The locals knitted it a scarf, I believe!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Hi Susan, they did. I found photos at the Goulburn Post, I’ll add the url above. Knitted for 150th birthday for Goulburn in 2013. Thanks for that! 🙂

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  4. cheergerm says:

    Love, love all our ‘big things’. They crack me up.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I’m always awed when I see them in real life. They light one up with smiles!

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  5. That is an incredibly big sheep! I like the daylight view the best. It shows more detail

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    1. ChristineR says:

      It is, Cindi, and it does. 🙂

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