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black and white photograph

From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

Description
A small black / white photograph of a face carved into a tree stump.
Size
H=140mm W-90mm
Object Registration
1327
Keywords
woodcarving pons-asinorum boulder-creek-east-gippsland princess-highway
Historical information
Pons asinorum was the name given to a wooden carving made by road worker Finlay Munro in the early 1920s at Boulder Creek, on the old Princess Highway, between Orbost and Cann River. The carved face was said to mock the supervising engineer after an argument about putting the road alignment across a swamp that required new bridges. The Italian workmen had advocated for a different route to avoid the need for building new bridges across the swamp.
This photograph is from a set of thirteen black and white postcards in a fold-out format.
When Made
1920s
Significance
This is a photograph of an iconic tourist attraction which records the woodworking skills of workers in the early 20th century. The carving is no longer there.
Inscriptions & Markings
on front at bottom - ON THE ORBOST CANN ROAD
Last updated
6 Sep 2019 at 4:48PM