You can follow the statue walk along the river banks of Koondrook (Vic) and Barham (NSW) to learn about some of the local pioneers and animals of the area. The statues have been carved out of local red gum by world renowned chainsaw carvers Kevin Guilders and Angela Polglaze. The walk starts by the riverbank at Riverside Park in Barham. An information brochure is available for this walk.
The statues include:
Nurse Elizabeth Rosen
1882-1943 - Aged 61 years
Nurse Rosen established the 'Carnarvon" Private Hospital in Koondrook where she attended to many patients and delivered more than 1000 babies. See Nurse Rosen in Apex Park, Koondrook.
1850-1914 - Aged 64 years
Mr Alexander Arbuthnot was the founder of the Arbuthnot Sawmill in the late 1800s. The Arbothnot Sawmill continues to operate on the original sawmill site in Koondrook.
1907-1993 - Aged 86 years
Arthur Molin was born in England in 1907 and migrated to Australia in 1912. Arthur moved north in 1935 to Koondrook, taking over the Koondrook Petrol Station in 1936. He added a mechnical business to the service station. Arthur worked seven days a week, all hours.
Pioneering women raised families, cleared land, built fences, tenders stock, sowed crops and faced many of the dangers of living on the land alone. They endured basic living conditions in uncomfortable huts distanced from other women by hundreds of kilometres. To survive the touch conditions the pioneer women need to be tough, resilient, resourceful and very capable.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Eastern Grey Kangaroos are found in the eastern parts of Australia and in Tasmania. They are commonly observed on Gunbower Island and in other redgum forests and grazing areas in the Murray Lakes and Rivers region.
Sir John Gorton
1911-2002 - Aged 90 years
Sir John Gorton completed university studies in Oxford but instead of pursuing a career in journalism as intended, he returned to Kangaroo Lake, north of Kerang, with wife Bettina and took over his father's orchard.
The Australian Pelican is found throughout Australia in freshwater, estuarine and marine wetlands and waterways. The pelican is common to his local area.
1938-1990 - Aged 52 years
John Powell tragically died in a tree felling accident in the Koondrook State Forest. John was a man of many great qualities, who loved his family, life, sport and a good yarn. The life of a tree feller when on the job is a lonely one, and when John's body was found he had only his loyal dogs for company.
The Murray Cod is renowned as one of Australia's largest freshwater fish. Murray Cod are found in many ries and creeks in the Murray Lakes and Rivers region. See the Murray Cod near the Koondrook Primary School.
Stuart Appleby was born in Cohuna in 1971. He resided on a dairy farm where he used to hit golf balls from paddock to paddock as part of his practice regime. Try some golf at Stuart Appleby's home course at Cohuna.
1858-1937 - Aged 79 years
Herbert Keck purchased land from the owners of the Barham Station in 1911 and became the first citrus grower in the Barham area. See Herbert Keck at the Victorian approach to the bridge.
The Wedge-tailed Eagle
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is the larges raptor in Australia and is the most common of all the world's largest eagles. It has long, fairly broad wings, fully feathered legs, and an unmistakable wedge-shaped tail. Because of both its tail and its size it can be identified at a glance as a "Wedgie" even by the non-expert.
Sir John Monash
1865-1931 - Aged 66 years
Sir John Monash as the chief engineer of the Barham/Koondrook Bridge. The bridge was officially opened in 1904. See Sir John Monash at the NSW approach to the Barham/Koondrook Bridge.
The Kookaburra is found throughout eastern Australia. Its chuckling voice is a familiar sound around the redgum forests of this region. The loud "koo-koo-koo-kaa-kaa-kaa" is often sung in a chorus with other individuals. They laugh to advertise their boundaries of their territory, they wait to hear the replies of neighouring groups. Kookaburras usually laugh longest in the morning and the later afternoon.
Paddle Steamer Captain
Paddle steamer captains worked long hours and had an enormous knowledge of the Murray River. for many years Barham and Koondrook were important trading stops on the river-boat jounreys. In 1882, a wharf was constructed at Koondrook. A number of paddle steamers and barges were built from the locally milled red gum in Koondrook. The Alexander Arbuthnot was built in 1923.