So good they named it twice?
20.09.2007 - 20.09.2007 0 °F
I decided to break up the journey from Sydney to Melbourne with a stopover in Wagga Wagga. Why? "I remember when i was a lad" (about 5 or so) looking at a map of the world and seeing Wagga Wagga, alongside Sydney, melbourne and the other major cities. I remember wondering what that place would be like. Well now i have been there.(still, i'm still not sure why it was on the map).
Wagga means crows, so Wagga Wagga means lots of crows (although i dont remember seeing any). The town is low key, it reminds me of Hamilton in New Zealand, with a main street for shopping, a picturesque rail station, a small shopping centre and a river with a decent park alongside. Like the larger cities, Wagga has numerous war memorials with an eternal flame burning in the park. The most impressive memorial being a scupture showing the route of the Sandakan - Ranau Death March in the second world war.
It's commendable how the Aussies embrace their history and achievements. If i looked around Grimsby, where would i find any sence of history and respect of the past? A cenotaph at Nuns Corner, tooked out of the way, is that it? Sad.
Yes, even Wagga Wagga has pride in their towns history and their achievements .They've immortilised them with bronze plates embedded in the pavements. I only been a day here but supprisingly learnt alot (plus they have a beach!)