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27-November-2014
27-November-2014

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Shire of Lowan erected this memorial to celebrate its 100th anniversary and it consists of seven tiered circles of brick on which is surmounted a mallee fowl "mound" cut open on one side to reveal six eggs.

Two mallee fowls, their necks touching stand on top of the mound. Mallee fowl are one of the most fertile birds in the world, laying up to 35 eggs with most of them hatching. Once so common across Australia, they were a regular roast on the dinner plates of early European settlers. But now much of their habitat has been cleared, with estimates that their populations are only 20% of original numbers.

Location

Address:Nelson Street, Municipal Offices, Nhill, 3418
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.332686
Long: 141.651122
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Local
Monument Designer:Stanley Hammond O.B.E.

Dedication

Front Inscription

This monument commemorates the centenary of the Shire of Lowan proclaimed a shire 31st December, 1875.

 

Back Inscription

The Lowan or Mallee Fowl builds a mound of sand and debris in which its eggs are incubated.

This cutaway shows the position of the eggs in the mound.

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