Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sheep in the city


We were in the southern suburbs of Canberra today, and spotted a small flock of sheep grazing on the grassy slope leading up to the Kambah Village Shopping Centre. This is another of the Group Centres, and includes a large supermarket, a hotel, and numerous smaller shops.

Kambah derives from the same Aboriginal word as Canberra: Ngambri or Kamberri, the name of the group of people who lived here before European settlement. It was named after Kambah Homestead, a property which was farmed from 1875 until 1970 (and which was originally known as Sulwood until the turn of the century). All that's left of the station now is Kambah Woolshed.

Kambah is the largest suburb in Canberra, and was the first suburb established in the Tuggeranong satellite 'Town', in 1973-1974. I think the sheep (the ones pictured, not the real ones) arrived about 2001 or so, but I haven't been able to find out anything about who made them. Apparently they get dressed up for special occasions like Christmas and Australia Day!

5 comments:

*Honest Abe said...

Golly, look momma, they got steel wool...

karen said...

Love it!

J Bar said...

That's cool.

Chol Dau Mawuer said...

Wow! it's impressive and i love it... That's great for adventure.

Katrina said...

Michael Harding made the sheep, as well as a number of other popular sculptures around Canberra, such as the 'Cushion' in Civic. Check out http://matthewharding.com.au/work
:)