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The Dog is dead :-(

Posted by redracer on December 26, 2006

The trip down the Hume Highway from Sydney to parts south is always broken by a rest stop at the famous ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ memorial, just north of Gundagai in southern New South Wales.

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If you don’t know the background story, I’m sure you can find out about it easily on the internet, but it is a ‘legend’ that every Aussie knows. There are always lots of people there taking photos, particularly international tourists …

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The cafe and gift shop has been there since 1956, and apparently run by the same people since 1982.

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You can even post letters there and get a special postmark !!!

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So imagine our surpise and shock when we saw this notice on the door …

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We only missed it by 4 days😦

The notice says …

“This shop will cease trading at 5 P.M. on Friday 22/12/06.

After 24 years the big boys have finally got us!

We have greatly appreciated your past support and we have done our best to make your visit here enjoyable.

Any enquires should be directed to the Gundagai Shire Council, TEL (02) 6944 0200.

Good luck from the management and staff and the dog.”

I imagine the ‘big boys’ refers to the nearby establishments of a large restaurant/souvenir shop called ‘Bullocky Bills’ (foreground in photo), together with a large service station complex that also contains a Subway and KFC (background in photo). We actually stopped for lunch at the ‘Bullocky Bills’ place on the trip down, and whilst it was busy, there is no excuse to have to wait 45 minutes for a simple takeway meal !!! They seemed to have lots of staff running around aimlessly not knowing what to do next, looking at dockets etc and not enough bodies in the kitchen actually preparing the food. However I must say when the food finally arrived there was nothing wrong with it.

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There is also another service station across the road that has been closed for a while now, and another one a little way up the road in the other direction that is based around a couple of old railway carriages (not sure if it was still open though) .

This is a another shocking example of a famous Australian icon losing out to the greed of commercialism. It had lots of nice trees and shady places to sit and also to park your car under, and old farming relics scattered around. So what do the new places offer ? – no trees and acres of hot concrete parking !!!

If you want to voice your support, I urge you to ring the number listed in the notice above and make a complaint !!!

2 Responses to “The Dog is dead :-(”

  1. redracer said

    Thanks for the update Denny, although your message does smack of a little ‘self-promotion’🙂 However I will allow it in the interests of Australiana …

    Readers – see the following page for more history about this Australian icon than I knew myself …

    http://www.diamonddog.org.au/history.html

  2. Denny said

    The Dog is back! Yes that closure was sad, and the Dog site languished for a while, but new proprietors have reopened the Dog kiosk, new businesses have opened up in the old servo and at the Train Stop, the coffee is hot, the icecreams nice and cool, the gardens (mostly) green and the trees shady, so drop by and say hello.
    And on Sunday 18 November 2007 Gundagai celebrates the Dog’s 75th birthday with a big party! Starting at 7.30am with the Dog’s Breakfast, then live music, markets, car club displays, working antique engines, spinning and blacksmithing displays, working dogs, whip-cracking, a dog-barking contest (for humans) and more. At 2pm the official bit gets under way, with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, and special guests who were at the unveiling of the Dog in 1932. The day culminates with the cutting of a large bone-shaped birthday cake. Join us at the Dog for this special day!

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