The Big Marino

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The Big Marino
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Goulburn has the Big Marino. Small country towns in Australia have a predisposition towards building a giant concrete replica of what they consider iconic. We have the Big Orange, Big Prawn, Big Banana (distinct from the Big Bunch of Bananas, of course), Big Pineapple, Big Ant, Big Avocado, Big Beer Can (also, there is a Big Stubbie), Big Chook, Big Mosquito, Big Murray Cod, Big Poo, Big Cane Toad, Big Dugong, Big Golden Gumboot, Big Paperclip and Big Cow, among many, many others.

Today though, was just about the Big Marino, built in 1985 at 15 metres tall. Within the Big Marino is the Merino wool museum, which really wants visitors to discover the facts about merino wool.
The Big Marino
In order to help them with their mission, I repeat them here:

  • The Australian Merino wool clip is one of Australia's major agricultural projects
  • Australia can be considered the finest wool producer in the world, producing approximately 94% finer wool than its nearest competitor within the 19 and 20 micron range.
  • The diameter of a wool fibre is measured in microns (one millionth of a metre), which directly contributes to the subsequent garment attributes such as softness, drape and hangle.
  • The biggest consumer markets for Australian wool are China, USA, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and UK. In the western world, consumers spend around US$78 billion each year on wool apparel.
  • Australian Merino wool is primarily utilised in the production of knitwear (27% of the clip) and mens and womens wovens (60%).
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