The mystery of the 12 Apostles

What’s in a name? In the case of the 12 Apostles – eight 50-metre columns of limestone off the southern coast of Victoria, Australia and the state’s single biggest tourist attraction – quite a bit of a mystery.

How did these majestic and much-visited blocks of limestone near Campbelltown, the last stop on the Great Ocean Road southwest of Melbourne, get their name?

After all there were never twelve of them and they are pillars of limestone, carved out of the cliff face by the action of the ocean without any obvious biblical connection and lacking any religious significance. Read PDF

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