Steeped in History
Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and nestling at the foot of Mount Parnassus in the beautiful Murrumbidgee Valley, the famous town of Gundagai is steeped in history and wonderful heritage attractions.
Long time favourite stopping place for travellers along the Hume Highway, historic Gundagai is a fascinating place to visit and learn about many of the uniquely Australian events, characters and buildings which have etched a special place in the folklore of this country.
Many of its magnificent heritage-protected buildings, such as churches and the outstanding court house, (scene of many historical court cases, including the trial of the bushranger Moonlite), date back well over 130 years.
Gundagai today is a blending of fine historic architecture and modern commercial and residential development. Gundagai's expanse of fertile river flats remains to this day, with the central shopping precinct surrounded by a patchwork of farm pastures and crops, constant reminders of Gundagai's important role as a service centre for a widely recognised, rich, agricultural industry.
The Dog on the Tuckerbox
The monument gives expression to probably the best-known slice of Australian folklore - mateship between man and dog. In the pioneering days a dog accompanied each wagon and, besides being a faithful friend of the teamster, guarded his master's possessions. A verse about a dog sitting on a tuckerbox was written by an unknown teamster some 100 years ago, but the well known poem was written by poet and traveller Jack Moses.
Rusconi's Marble Masterpiece
The famous dog on the tuckerbox was sculptured by the late Frank Rusconi, but it certainly isn't the most impressive example of the work of this exceptionally skilled artisan on exhibition in the Gundagai district. In fact one attraction not to be missed at Gundagai is a unique cathedral-in-miniature containing 20,948 individual pieces of marble, every piece cut, turned and polished by hand.
The Rusconi Marble Masterpiece and the replica of the altar of St.Marie's Cathedral are both on display at the Gundagai Tourist Information Centre in Sheridan Street.
A visit to the Gundagai Historical Museum is a giant leap back in time, with a most interesting and varied collection of machinery, wagons, equipment, a Model-T Ford, photographs, clothing, household items and other knick-knacks associated with Gundagai life a century or more ago.