Cheese and Church
We headed off from Depot Beach for Tuross Heads. Along the way we paused briefly in Moruya to have a look at the old quarry that supplied the granite facing and other materials for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a couple of other buildings in Sydney in the late 1920s. After this it closed when work dropped off due to the depression. Nothing has happened since. There is a small park that commemorates the work and some river footings for the wharf that was once here. We added to our rock collection with a piece of the Moruya granite, the back of the truck is filling up.
We travelled past the Tuross turnoff to call in at Bodalla a few kilometres to the south.. The van fridge had run out of cheese and we needed to refill. The Anglican Church at Bodalla is the most prominent building in the town, sitting up on a hill overlooking the Princes Hwy. It was built it appears from funds provided by the Mort family, prominent agriculturalists and pastoralists from the mid 18 century onwards, as a ‘memorial’ to them. As you did in those days it seems. It was made from local granite, the interiors are oak, the organ from England along with stone parquetry inlaid in the floor. Mort family members are recognised on the walls. I think these Morts are the ones, who among others, formed the big pastoral and trading group Elder Smith Goldsborough Mort Ltd. Now it is Elders Limited, a small shadow of its former self.
Enough of this! The real reason for coming here was to get some cheese. And we did. After having a cheese plate for lunch. They have a big range of aged cheddar, many were those flavoured sorts with herbs and spices. These are not my cup of tea normally. But these ones were good. Particularly, the sage and thyme one. We ended up with a round of that as well as a 3 year vintage cheddar.
After having a stroll around the town looking at these usual run of over priced ‘in’ shops……candles, wood carvings, old wares and bright coloured clothing…we turned back and headed for Tuross.