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The sculpture Eliza & The Ram commemorates Eliza Forlong (1784 - 1859), the founder of the super-fine wool industry in Tasmania.

The Forlong family decided to establish themselves in New South Wales as producers of Saxon merino wool. Eliza undertook the task of selecting the finest merino sheep in Saxony. She travelled by foot, buying sheep for William’s voyage on the Clansman in 1829 and for her own voyage on the Czar in 1830. In all, Eliza and her sons walked across Saxony three times, leading flocks of 100 sheep to the port at Hamburg.

In June 1829, her 16-year-old son William sailed for New South Wales with a flock of seven rams and 90 ewes. The Clansman stopped at Hobart en route, where Governor Arthur recognised the value of the flock and persuaded William to take up a large grant of land near Campbell Town. On reaching Van Diemens Land in January 1831, Eliza, her husband John and son Andrew, with a second flock, joined William at the Kenilworth property. These sheep formed the basis of the Winton superfine stud at Campbell Town, Australia’s pre-eminent superfine wool stud, and the neighbouring St Johnstone stud.

Note: There are several variations of the surname. Forlong, Forlonge, Furlong & Furlonge. 


Address:Midland Highway, Valentine Park, Campbell Town, 7210
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.928277
Long: 147.493833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Peter Corlett (Melbourne, VIC)
Monument Manufacturer:Meridian Sculpture Founders


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 19th April, 2013
Inscription in Proximity

Plaque :

Eliza and the ram
( Historical Information) 

Plaque :

Eliza & the ram

Unveiled by  Paolo Zegna Di Monte Rubello Chairman 
Ermenegildo Zegna Group - Italy
19th April 2013

Sculptor : Peter Corlett OAM 
Bronze casting : Meridian Sculpture Founders

Source: MA, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au