Fundraising campaign in steps of Peterborough railway dog

WE LOVE BOB: Students Caylan Harvey and Ethan Malycha are taking part in the Pet Paver venture under training provided within a Brighter Futures grant application for the proposal.

WE LOVE BOB: Students Caylan Harvey and Ethan Malycha are taking part in the Pet Paver venture under training provided within a Brighter Futures grant application for the proposal.

Bob the Railway Dog is part of Peterborough and Terowie folklore.

As a well-travelled and loved railway pet, he adopted a lifestyle that saw him make friends with many an engine driver and fireman in the late 1800s before his death in 1895.

Tribute is paid to Bob in the form of a bronze statue in the Main Street of Peterborough.

This icon of the town and railway history is looking to recognise other faithful four-legged friends in Peterborough and beyond through a Pet Paver Project to surround his statue.

Under the plan, the area surrounding the monument will be paved and include etched pavers that identify the loved pets, both past and present, as “Friends of Bob”. 

To have your pet included in the project or if you wish to donate, please email glogauhouse31@aapt.net.au with your expression of interest or phone Marg on (08) 8651 3257.  

There is no money being collected at this stage as the organisers are gauging interest in the project.

Before pavers are laid, interested parties will be contacted and given details about how to pay $50 to be included in the project.

Caylan Harvey and Ethan Malycha, senior students at Peterborough High School, are taking part in the venture.

Both have volunteered to learn more about project management as part of training provided within a Brighter Futures grant application for the proposal. 

The students will be mentored in their training by well-known Peterborough identity Heather Parker who several years ago initiated the monument that has inspired the town and the proposed paver project.

Harry Moate, an Apprenticeship Broker in the Trade Schools for the Future Project, is co-ordinating the venture.

He welcomed support for the project from the Peterborough History Group, Peterborough District Council, Flinders District Regional Trade Training Centre-Peterborough High School Campus, TAFE SA – Port Pirie, Peterborough Business Association and Lions International.

“The project will demonstrate our warm and caring community,” he said.