Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Merry-Go-Round

This merry-go-round is one of my earliest childhood memories. Growing up in Canberra, this was the highlight of my shopping trips with Mum. If I was good, at the end, I would get a ride.

Originally, the merry-go-round started operating in 1914 at the St Kilda Esplanade in Melbourne.  It was designed and built by Herbert Thomson of Armadale, Victoria, for German showman Anton Weniger.

The merry-go-round and organ were later purchased for the people of Canberra. After extensive restoration work, the merry-go-round began operating in a colourfully painted pavilion in Petrie Plaza in the centre of Civic during Canberra Day celebrations on 13 March 1974. The horses are four abreast in 14 rows. There are also two hand carved wooden elephant carriages.  One elephant is white the other is grey. My favourite horse was always Pharlap and I never rode the elephants (they didn’t move up and down and were for babies!)

On a recent visit home to Canberra, my sister and I decided to take a ride…for old time’s sake!

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 102 – Memories

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