"In the centre of Rokewood with a lovely view of the church spire (and the pub), Wilbur the hog accepts the admiration of passing travellers. I finally stopped to capture his magnificence for your enjoyment He knows I don’t eat ham or bacon or pork."
Wilbur has passed away, peacefully in his sleep with a full tummy. His death was widely reported in various daily papers. I went past today and the junction was not funny anymore.
The church under this spire was built in 1862 by
Edinburgh-boy Alexander Davidson who
had eloped here with his cousin Eugenia Cooper, to avoid
a scandal and be married by their uncle the Revd. John Cooper.
They built themselves a substantial cottage in Rokewood and as well as his uncle’s church under that steeple, he designed bluestone mansions right across Victoria’s Western District for all the rich graziers competing with each other for the most rooms and biggest ballroom -
Kurruc-a-Ruc and Wurrok both in Rokewood, ,
Mooleric, and Barwon Park in Winchelsea,
Barunah Plains in Inverleigh, Narrepumelap in Wickliffe, Darra at Meredith,
Titanga and Gala at Lismore, and just up the road from me -Yeowarra which was originally called just YEO -