What's the history behind the small cave called Pooh Bears corner on the Clyde Mountain ?

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Pooh Bears Cave

Pooh Bears Cave

Is this small cave cut into the rock towrds the top of the Clyde Mountain, natural or man-made ?

What's the significance of the teddy bears and other memorabilia left in the cave ?

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Jan 18, 2017
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How the pooh bear cave was made NEW
by: Anonymous

This is how the hole got there...

http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/demolition.htm

Jun 07, 2016
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Naming of Pooh Bears Cave
by: Kathy Vanduren

I believe that I was the first person t call the cave 'Poo Bear's Cave' for my children and then all my friends started to do the same. This was in the early 1970s when we travelled to the family coast house.
It is possible that some others had a similar association but I had never heard it called such before I began to do so.
Kathy Vanduren
Canberra

Oct 02, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Crookwell Potato farmers may have named it Pooh Bear Corner 44 years ago... but it was around long before that.. Back in WWII it was set with explosives to cut the Capital off if we were invaded by sea...

As for the teddies in the trees between Queanbeyan and Bungendore that someone asked about.. apparently they are to show the way to the Nudist Club grounds.. because their signs kept being damaged and stolen..

Oct 02, 2015
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How the name came about
by: Sue Berry

Here's some more info about the history of this landmark. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/why-crookwell-potato-farmers-created-pooh-corner-on-clyde-mountain-for-children-20150812-gixko6.html

Nov 23, 2014
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Pooh Bears Cave
by: Rosie

We use to go 'down the Clyde' in the 60's and seeing Pooh Bears cave was so exciting. It was so much better when there was a simple sign there and not all the stuffed toys snd junk. There was certainly never any mention of the stories of the explosives and tunnel in those days! #surethatsanurbanmyth

May 30, 2014
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Poohs Corner
by: Anonymous

I am 65 years old and I my family travelled that road when it was still a dirt road. We have always known it as Pooh's Corner (back in the 1950s), that s way before anyone started putting up signs or leaving bears in the cave.

Sep 22, 2013
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Teddy Bears and other memorials
by: Mark

Also, there are lots of teddy bears placed in the gum trees along the Kings Highway between Queanbeyan and Bungendore ?? Are these related to Pooh Bear's cave or a tribute to car accident victims along that route ?
There are also many memorial shrines, made of flowers and other memorobilia, dedicated to those who've passed away in accidents over the years. These are usually located against trees at or near the accident site, especially along the roads leading into and out of Braidwood.

Apr 16, 2013
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Pooh Bear's Cave
by: Anonymous

Is a small rock cave alongside the Kings Highway near the top of the Clyde Mountain that was the location of a munitions store during World War II designed to be detonated in case of a land invasion by the Japanese to prevent the enemy crossing from the coast to the national capital. This threat was a realistic possibility judging by the number of civilian fishing vessels torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarines during the War.
Pooh Bear's cave is now adorned with graffiti and teddy bears and other memorabilia left by passers-by. This has become somewhat of a tradition for families traveling the highway to look out for Pooh's Cave and occasionally stop to leave a bear at the site. During and in the days following rainfall, this corner of the road also features a very picturesque waterfall cascading down the gully just above the roadway.
The section of roadway between this corner and the top of the mountain is prone to some land slippage and the road authorities conduct stabilization works from time to time to minimize the risk of rock falls and landslides affecting the road users.

Feb 03, 2013
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pooh corner
by: Anonymous

I have been coming to the coast for years now now I live here . I enjoyed coming down looking for pooh but now i'm pist WHY because the teens up because pooh was attacked burnt out and each time people leave pooh's there scum come down or up and rip the pooh's apart . they even attack the sign saying pooh bear corner . to me teens & young adults should cop an attitude check they would not like it if there stuff got wrecked & spray painted and burnt would they .

Apr 28, 2012
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Lucky the landslide didn't set off the explosives under the road
by: Anonymous

If there really are still explosives stashed under the roadway at Pooh Bear's corner, it's lucky the recent landslip [and/or the Brindabella centred earthquake] didn't set them off !

Apr 20, 2012
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earlier than 80s
by: Anonymous

1980s accident explanation can't be correct - it has been Pooh Corner since the early 1970s ...

Feb 24, 2012
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its a memorial
by: Anonymous

I was told by an AFP officer that a family had an accident there in the 80's and they all passed away. A pooh bear was found in that corner as part of the wreckage.

Apr 30, 2011
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pooh bears corner
by: chook

I was told by a work mate that one of his male relatives (cannot remember which one) was stationed there during the war and that at the top of the creek (adjacent to poohs cave) there is a level spot where the radio antennas were situated.

Apr 10, 2011
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Pooh Bears cave (cont)
by: Anonymous

According to Wikipedia, Pooh Bears Corner is a 'small rock cave at 'Pooh Bear's Corner' can be found near the top of the Clyde Mountain pass. This was the location of a munitions store during the Second World War that could be detonated to stop passage from the coast to the national capital inland.'

Apr 10, 2011
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Pooh Bears cave (cont)
by: Gary Jenkin

Some people claim that the remaining 'cave' was one of several such excavations into the rock face that had been packed with explosives to destroy the roadway that is now the Kings Highway.

Apr 09, 2011
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Pooh Bears cave (cont)
by: Anonymous

According to Wikipedia, Pooh Bears Corner is a 'small rock cave at 'Pooh Bears Corner' can be found near the top of the Clyde Mountain pass. This was the location of a munitions store during the Second World War that could be detonated to stop passage from the coast to the national capital inland.'

Apr 09, 2011
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Pooh Bears cave
by: Mark

The small shelter is where many people donate their Pooh Bears. During the 2nd World War, the 14th Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps manned the shelter.

This was part of a plan to prevent any Japanese invasion party that might land at Bateman's Bay and attempt to advance on Canberra. The function of the Volunteer Defence Corps members located at Pooh Bear corner was to detonate explosives that had been placed at various points under the Kings Highway between Braidwood and Batemans Bay.
If an invasion did take place they would detonate the explosives, destroying the highway, with the aim of slowing the advance of the invading party.

From this shelter they would trigger demolition charges under the King's Highway between Braidwood and Bateman's Bay. This was part of a plan to prevent any possible Japanese invasion party who might land at Bateman's Bay from advancing on Canberra, the Nation's Capital. A tunnel was dug under the King's Highway at this location and explosives placed inside. The entrance to the tunnel has now been sealed by concrete. The conspiracy theorists suggest that there may still be some explosives inside the tunnel.

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