Grinding grooves, Goal & Zoo fun

Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
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Trip End Oct 18, 2009


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Dubbo goal, Terramungamine, Western Plain Zoo

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Today we headed out to Terramungamine. This is an Aboriginal site formed as a result of sharpening axe & hatchet edges, sharpening spears, rejuvenation of damaged edges & occasionally seed grinding. Each grinding groove normally represents one sharpening event. Experimental work has shown that 6-13hrs of labour is required to produce each groove. This was a beautiful area above a river but it had so many flies. We spent a while here inspecting all the groove sites. Next we headed to The Old Dubbo Goal. It was a courthouse lock up in 1847. & was proclaimed as an official Goal in 1859 & closed operations as a penal institution in 1966. We wondered around the Goal for quite a while locking the children in cells, pretending to sleep in the cells & looking thru all the animated people in the Cells & staying in the solitary confinement cell for a little while this is so pitch black I would hate to spend more than a few minutes in here. This is a very fascinating & well set out historical Goal, the kids had a great time inspecting everything. We had a quick stop off on our way home thru the farmers markets & got some food items for lunch which we had back at our caravans. We then drove back to the zoo spending a couple more hours taking photos of all the animals around the zoo. This time we were lucky just as we drove past the giraffes they were starting to feed them. It was a weird feeling giving them carrots with their great big purple tongues coming out to take the food out of your hand. The kids loved this experience. It was alot hotter today so the animals in the afternoon were alot more active.
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