Pooh Bear Corner

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Anyone know the story behind Pooh Bear Corner on the Kings Highway?
Apparently during WW2 there was a Battalion stationed in the cave ready to blow up the highway in case of Japanese invasion (and some say the explosives are still there) but what about the name, and now all the stuffed animals? I remember going past it in the 70's and always knowing it as Poohs Corner.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 01:00
"Pooh Bear's Corner"
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Follow Up By: SDG - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 01:41

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 01:41
Thanks, I did find that but what about the name? Was a pooh bear the battalions mascot? Type of explosive? etc. Have seen some info saying the name was this even back in the day it was a dirt road, however long ago that was.
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Reply By: bill m - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 07:07

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 07:07
Where exactly is this corner.
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Follow Up By: braggy - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 07:43

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 07:43
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 08:21

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 08:21
It's on about the first tight right hand corner going down the Clyde Mountain part of the Kings Highway. From a vague memory of looking at the odometer I think that it could be about 25Kms east of Braidwood and 30Kms west of Batemans Bay.

Geo: 35.54483S 149.96031E
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Reply By: Keir & Marg - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 07:56

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 07:56
The Kings Highway from Canberra to Braidwood is sometimes called the Avenue of the Bears by us Canberrites. Apparently many years ago, there was an overhanging branch across the Highway, and there were complaints to the Roads Authority about the danger if it fell. So, instead of cutting off the branch, the road gang felled the whole tree, which upset the greenies because of the loss of native habitat. In protest, people started putting stuffed toys in the trees lining the road, and the tradition has continued to this day. If you read Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne as a child, you'll understand why the adit (mine entrance) became known as Pooh's Hole, and the corner in the road, Pooh's Corner. Presumably the same people who decorate the Avenue of the Bears also decorate Pooh's Corner??
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 11:13

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 11:13
That avenue of bears is a new one to me. I moved out of the ACT in 2000, there were no bears in trees up to that time. When was the tree chopped down?

Pooh Bears corner I believe is just a colloquial name that developed over a number of years by people who use the road. It started way back when a kid left its bear in the cave following a stop there.


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Follow Up By: Keir & Marg - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 14:48

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 14:48
The Avenue of the Bears has been round for quite a while, and is certainly entertainment for the kids/grandkids in the car during the drive - keeps them occupied seeing who can spot the most number of stuffed animals in the trees. In 2003, I was working at a site halfway to Bungendore and travelled the road on a daily basis; there were plenty of bears then, and a 2 metre high black gorilla just near the Sonza kennels. I have a friend who is a Canberra historian so I'll check to see if he knows when it all started.
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Follow Up By: Keir & Marg - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 14:58

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 14:58
A bit more information if anyone is interested:
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Reply By: Bazooka - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 15:02

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 15:02
Sorry to dispell the myth. It was always Pooh's Corner, ala the cartoon. The "cave" is a small hole in the rock face on the Clyde Mountain, certainly not even vaguely like a cave. The myth has obviously taken on a life of it's own now if the explosives story has any merit (which I doubt). As someone said a stuffed bear first appeared there in the 70's, later someone added a sign, then came the current "desecration" by hangers on.

I've not heard of the "avenue of bears". Presumably that's the few kms of highway just west of Bungendore where someone put a few old stuffed toys in trees (copying what others had done elsewhere in various forms - shoes, bottles, stuffed toys). Probably for a bit of fun - that section of road was well known for the traffic snarl during holidays. If so there was no controversy about tree lopping or greenies. It first occurred a long time ago and apparently intermittently since if this is anything to go by: http://www.thinktag.com/country/archive/country_diary089.htm
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 18:13

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 18:13
Whilst the cave itself may not be the repository for the explosives, there were explosives located there to disrupt the use of the road if the Japs landed on the coast and attempted to head up to Canberra. A VDC group was set up at that point to blow the road.

The VDC was a sizable force of volunteers composing of men too old to serve and those in reserved occupations. When you see references to troupes guarding things around the coast, if you look into it you would find that they were VDC members. A lot of their training was in guerilla tactics.

Another site they manned is the Woy Woy rail Tunnel.


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Reply By: duck - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 19:51

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 19:51
I've travelled this road all my life & it started in the late 60's early or 70s & I doubt if any body knows how it really started, but the left teddy is the most likely as it was in a section where you could pull up, as a kid we would always check to see if poo bear was home & over the years I've stopped & added a Xmas tree with lights & a few years ago painted a 200ltr drum yellow & got my sign writer to paint it as a giant capilano honey jar. It only lasted 1night & weighed over 150kgs
The teddys in the trees started decades later & I,ve never herd of the explosives one till now & the cave is probably only 400mm deep & is no cave (even ted gets wet when it rains) in one of the above photos the reflective eyes are on the back wall so this shows it's recess not a cave
I hope it Carrys on for decades as I still enjoy checking it out & hope the kids get a kick out of it as we did
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Follow Up By: dingbat - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 14:02

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 14:02
Are there any bears near Williamsdale?
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