[Editor: This postcard (unused), which incorporates a photo of the Pioneer Monument (Gundagai, NSW), including a statue of the dog on the tucker box, is believed to be from the 1950s. The postcard is undated.]
[Front of postcard]
[Description: A photo of the statue of the dog on the tucker box (Gundagai).]
[Reverse of postcard]
This Monument was erected to the memory of the early pioneers, who selected this spot as one of their camping grounds in their trek to the Riverina after the days of the explorers Hume and Hovell in 1824. Ruins of the old hotel can still be seen at back of the monument and was frequently used by bushrangers. Sergeant Parry of Gundagai was shot dead by Gilbert of Ben Hall’s gang in this vicinity.
This card bears 2d. Royalty to Gundagai District Hospital
[No identifying information about the manufacturer was included on the postcard.]
Dimensions (approximate): 89 mm. (width), 141 mm. (height).
The text on the reverse side of the postcard appears to have been added by use of a rubber stamp and ink pad.
Ben Hall = (1837-1865), an Australian bushranger
See: 1) Edgar F. Penzig, “Hall, Ben (1837–1865)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography
2) “Ben Hall (bushranger)”, Wikipedia
d. = a reference to a penny, or pennies (pence); the “d” was an abbreviation of “denarii”, e.g. as used in “L.S.D.” or “£sd” (pounds, shillings, and pence), which refers to coins used by the Romans, as per the Latin words “librae” (or “libra”), “solidi” (singular “solidus”), and “denarii” (singular “denarius”)
Gilbert = John Gilbert (1842-1865), an Australian bushranger
See: 1) Edgar F. Penzig, “Gilbert, John (Johnny) (1842–1865)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography
2) “John Gilbert (bushranger)”, Wikipedia
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