Whatever. After leaving the TSR we rolled down the hill and into Berridale. To most people this is simply a little village to hurtle through on the way to the fleshpots of Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher. It appeared that most of the town was modern buildings of modest proportions servicing the tourist-service industries along the main drag. There were a few older houses - check the stonework and veranda roof on this one.
site created by Michael Southwell-Keely I knew there was a memorial to a resident who had died in Burma during WW2. This is a plaque at the entrance to the town pool. I was surprised to find another memorial to him in the Anglican Church.
Service Records held by the National Archives of Australia and find that he was recorded as a PoW on 27 September 1943 and thus conclude the window is correct. I have subsequently confirmed this through the Roll of Honour maintained by the Australian War Memorial.
The next image is of the Cenotaph alongside the main street. This is written up in "Sacred Places" as being very unusual since officialdom didn't approve of Calvary representations on memorials. This is the only one in Australian erected by a civic committee.
Moving along towards Cooma we stopped to photograph this art work beside the road. Thanks to Frances of the Cooma Visitors Centre (an incredibly service-oriented person) I now know:
- It was erected by the Snowy River Shire Council early last year. It was made of waste metal from Ski Tube (the rack rail train that runs from the Alpine Way to Perisher).
- The artist responsible for the sculpture is Richard Moffatt.
- A naming competition resulted in the sculpture being named Snowyriversphere.
The court house is rather splendid!
The main park celebrates Banjo Patterson with this image of the Man from Snowy River. (A nearby plaque quotes the third verse of that great poem.) The statue was created by the late Ian McKay.