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7081. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1870 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

That festival seems so interesting. The plants with the bows looks a lot like wheatgrass

To my pics. This place has three big claims to fame. The first:
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Dinosaurs (Sauropods the large ones in the background)
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Sauropod neck being cleaned
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Sauropod legs and feet
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Footprints

The second is a song considered an unofficial national anthem

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Visual representation of lyrics
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Main Character of song

The third claim to fame has to do with airplanes and travel:
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7082. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 366 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

(Hope this is not a duplicate as my previous "Submit" has disappeared)

One of most prolific sauropod fossil sites is Howe Quarry.

(Just 1st guess as location narrowed down).

Ian

7083. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2734 posts) 9w 1 Star this if you like it!

The character looks Jolly. :)

7084. Posted by Ray Bell (Budding Member 297 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Yes, perhaps like a jolly swagman...

Winton, Queensland, where dinosaur bones have been found in large numbers and where there's a museum for them. And where the song Waltzing Matilda is said to have been written.

Not sure about the 'plane, but possibly something to do with Qantas, which began in nearby Longreach.

7085. Posted by Ray Bell (Budding Member 297 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

sorry... but I hate the 'Edited...' line being so bold.

[ Edit: Edited on 1 Dec 2022, 23:39 GMT by Ray Bell ]

7086. Posted by Ray Bell (Budding Member 297 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

A few further views of Winton:

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Approaching from the West. Signs and sights advise that the town is near.

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Main street. Prominent, of course, is the old-style pub with the 'XXXX' sign advertising Queensland's favourite beer. Pubs like this, and automotive workshops like the one on the left, abound in these towns.

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Main street works. When I went through in 2019 there were things happening further down the main street.

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Back streets. There's plenty of room to move in the town, well-established homes abound.

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Barry Wilson Park. The location of the 'Jolly Swagman' is named for the local hospital superintendent of many years, he also having headed the local festival committee for some time.

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Leaving town. The shadows lengthening over my Yankee van as I head further East, making for Longreach.

7087. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1870 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Ray Bell

Yes, perhaps like a jolly swagman...

Winton, Queensland, where dinosaur bones have been found in large numbers and where there's a museum for them. And where the song Waltzing Matilda is said to have been written.

Not sure about the 'plane, but possibly something to do with Qantas, which began in nearby Longreach.

It is indeed Winton The museum closest to town is called the Age Of Dinosaurs:
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It is worth visiting just for the views from the jump up:
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Just watch out for the flies they were everywhere according to this it wasn't even the worst
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Susprisingly alot of it is volunteers keeping the place going. All the bone cleaning is all volunteers and they have extraordinary patience as it is a very slow process. The sauropod neck in the second photo is going to take years before it is ready for display like the Sauropod foot. The neck itself is an important find as it is the only full baby Sauropod neck discovered. They say it will help to understand how baby Sauropods developed. The neck itself was actually found by tourists. During dig seasons you can pay to join a dig. The paleontology tourism helps fund digs but also there is just not enough paleontology students to man the digs anyway. Our tour guide told us that was how he came to Winton and he loved it so much he never left

Waltzing Matilda was written and inspired by events of the Great Shearers Strike at Dagworth Station. They are so proud of it they built a museum dedicated to the song:
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The original burnt down with all the Waltzing Matilda memorabilia including rare recordings so they put a call out to anyone who had some memorabillia they would been willing to donate and it turned there was a man who was an obsessive collector of all things Waltzing Matilda and they pretty much rebuilt the museum around his collection.

Here is the unedited photo of the Qantas marker:
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The marker memorialises the site where they first started taking off and landing planes making Winton the place Qantas began. It is also the site of the interactive art installation the Musical Fence:
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Basically rubbish strung together as musical instruments to play. And speaking of rubbish strung together another of Winton's claim to fame is the beautiful wall of Arno, an eccentric local artist who had a dream:
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He kept it thematic with each section dedicated to different types of rubbish

Last lesser known claim to fame is the Willie Mar Fruit shop:
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It is the only preserved Chinese Market Garden in Australia. Late 19th century Chinese immigrants who came to work started fruit and vegetable stores alot stocked with home grown produced, the businesses spread all around the country especially in rural towns but over time they found it difficult to compete with emerging supermarkets. Winton is trying to turn this one into a museum and they have done a great job recreating the interior however the garden needs a lot of restoration work.

Essay over, your turn Ray Bell

[ Edit: Edited on 2 Dec 2022, 01:32 GMT by Teoni ]

7088. Posted by Ray Bell (Budding Member 297 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Okay, I'll have to think of something...

Meantime, I came across this article about the 'jump ups' of the Winton area:

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7090. Posted by Ray Bell (Budding Member 297 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

I wonder where I found that?

All the same, tomorrow I'll put up some pics...