Australia’s only dedicated Golliwog shop burns in Uluru roadhouse blaze

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A fire has destroyed an iconic replica version of Uluru north of Newcastle overnight.

The fire, which is being treated as suspicious by authorities, completely gutted the entire 1/40 replica version of Uluru. The Rock Roadhouse complex had served as an iconic rest stop for travelers heading up and down the NSW coast for over 30 years. The complex was originally built by the Leyland Brothers as part of a theme park that eventually sent the family broke in the early 1990’s.

In recent years, new owners continued to operate the roadhouse. During that time, the complex drew criticism for it’s run-down state. The complex was also heavily criticised after it was discovered it had become home to Australia’s only dedicated Golliwog shop.

We almost wrote a story about the shop last year after a number of readers contacted us in disgust about the Golliwog shop. We thought this may backfire and actually result in the wider Australian public rallying around the business as we have seen in similar cases. But now it seems fate has had the final say.

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