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Winton

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Waltzing Matilda was written by Banjo Paterson while he was staying at nearby Dagworth Station in 1895. The words based on the events around the Great Shearer's’ Strike in 1891, and again in 1894. With this as a background, Banjo Paterson visited Dagworth Station and wrote the verses for Waltzing Matilda. The words were set by Christina MacPherson based on a Scottish tune which she heard at the Warrnambool races. The first public performance was held at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton on 6th April 1895.

Hudson Fysh and Paul McGuiness started an outback airline Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service out of Winton on 16th November 1920 and is still running today as one of the world’s great airlines. One of the reasons for the choosing of Winton as a base for the new airline was that the local council supported the idea and was willing to provide a landing site as a contribution to the project. A memorial cairn on Hughenden Road shows where this landing strip was.

Lark Quarry Environmental Park
The Lark Quarry Environmental Park, 113 kilometres south west of the town is where in the 1970s, the fossilized footprints of a dinosaur stampede were uncovered here, the only such instance discovered in the world.

Royal Theatre
The main street has the Royal Theatre, established in 1918. This is an open-air cinema with deck chair seating.

Waltzing Matilda Centre
This museum is dedicated to Australia's most popular song. Here you can find out the history of the tune with the help of a sound and light show. There are also displays of outback legends as well as an art gallery and cafe. Elderslie Street (07 4657 1466).


 
 
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