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13-March-2014
13-March-2014

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

A monument commemorates Eliza Forlonge, who with her sister-in-law Janet Templeton, introduced the first fine-wool saxon merino sheep into Victoria. An appeal for additional funds to complete the memorial was launched in March 1934. 

Eliza Forlonge, sheep classer and Scottish gentlewoman, personally selected in Saxony fine wool merinos that helped establish the Australian wool industry. Saxon merino wool fetched highest prices. She walked throughout Saxony buying sheep for her son William to bring on the Clansman in 1829 and then again for her own voyage on the Czar in 1830. Assisted by shepherds she drove her selection to Hamburg for shipment.

Discontented with land grants at Kenilworth, Van Diemen's Land, the widowed Eliza moved to the Port Phillip District with William. After some years at Woodstock, Merri Creek, they overlanded their sheep and settled at Seven Creeks, Euroa.

The contract for the supply of material for, and the erection of, a memorial to the late Mrs. John Forlonge, who was one of the pioneer pastoralists in Victoria, and who brought the first fine woolled sheep to this state, has been let to Messrs. Talachino and Son, monumental masons, of Benalla. The memorial, which will be a representation of a wool bale carved in granite, will be erected over Mrs. Forlonge's grave by the side of the road opposite Seven Creeks station, near Euroa. It has been designed by Messrs. Blackett and Forster, architects, of Melbourne. The material is on the site, and the work, which is expected to cost about 80 pounds will begin shortly.
Argus (Melbourne), 1 July 1933.

Monument characteristics :

A slab of granite, identical in size and shape to a bale of wool.  It is located at her gravesite at the foot of the Gardens Range.
 

 

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Location

Address:Forlonge Memorial Road , Seven Creeks Estate, Euroa, 3666
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.829105
Long: 145.623489
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:1835
Approx. Event End Date:1835
Monument Designer:Messrs Blackett & Forster (Melbourne)
Monument Manufacturer:Messrs Talachino & Son (Benalla)
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:Circa 1934
Front Inscription

    In Memory Of
Mrs JOHN FORLONGE 
With Her Sister-In-Law
Mrs JANET TEMPLETON 
Imported The First Fine
Wool Sheep To Victoria
        1835

Source: MA,RUMV,VMR, ADB
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