Posted by: travelrat | February 26, 2016

Geelong Bollards

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I’ll just break away from the Great Ocean Road tour for a short while, and take a step back to Geelong. You may remember our stroll along the waterfront, and admiration of the various ‘clothes pin’ figures we saw along the way.

I want to record a big ‘thank you’ to Lara Dunston, who posted about them on Facebook, and gave the name of the artist, which prompted me to do a little research into them.

There are 104 of them, usually called ‘bollards’, all the work of the local artist and sculptor Jan Mitchell. Much of the timber was salvaged from the Yarra Street Pier at Geelong, which was destroyed by fire in the 1980s.

The figures represent figures from Geelong’s history; from explorer Mathew Flinders, who came here in 1802 to John Howard, who was Prime Minister of Australia at the times the bollards were designed.

Apart from the ones at Geelong, there are also some bollards representing a troop of soldiers near Barwon Heads … and an enterprising tourist organisation place two at Melbourne Airport, in the hope of encouraging visitors to come to Geelong, and see more.

Jan Mitchell was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work on this project in 2006; sadly, she passed away in 2008.

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Photo by Lorraine Kellett 

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