Bob the Railway Dogs Statue in Peterborough in South Australia

I have to admit I am a sucker for animal stories. I found this statue while staying overnight in Peterborough. It is recorded that  between the years of 1881-1894 that Bob the Railway Dog a German Coolie/Smithfield  enjoyed traveling on the South Australian Railways (known also as Terowie Bob).

Evidently Bob enjoyed the company of the railway workers near Strathalbyn, although his owner from the Macclesfield Hotel cared for him, he used to disappear all the time. It is believed that Bob was picked up as a stray in Adelaide with many other dogs and taken to Quorn to help with the eradication of rabbits.

Stop and read the information on his statue when passing through the main street of Petorborough
Stop and read the information on his statue when passing through the main street of Peterborough

William Ferry a guard working at Petersburg (original name of Peterborough) registered him as his dog in 1884.Bob enjoyed traveling with him on the trains. Evidently his favorite place of travel was sitting on a Yankee engine, attracted by the smoke coming from the engine. Never fussy as to where his next meal came from while enjoying these journeys.

He soon became a familiar site traveling on all types of trains often emptying compartments by barking loudly to ward of the passengers. He became a favorite of the workers who allowed him to travel free. It is believed he traveled through many states in Australia on his adventurous life.  More information on Bob.

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2 thoughts on “Bob the Railway Dogs Statue in Peterborough in South Australia

  1. A really lovely story about Bob. The statue is really nice and I love Bob’s sweet face. 🙂 your link didn’t work for me, but I looked him up on Wiki, and saw that he survived several accidents. The poem written about him is so beautiful. )

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