Winton is the home of a the Crackup Sisters, entertainers who incorporate whip cracking and joke cracking in their performances. The girls are now establishing a place in Winton where they and others can perform, the house they are rebuilding was about to be demolished but with help from several people it’s coming to life again. Most of the materials have been donated and bring with them stories from another era. The house has great character.
We investigated the Musical Fence today and had a lot of fun along with another couple who are passing through Winton. You can play “music” on the fence wires but there are other “instruments” around too.
The old Corefield and Fitzmaurice General Merchants building now houses a souvenir and craft shop with profits going to community groups and also a museum. It was interesting walking around the exhibits. I was particularly interested in the displays of wool types and also the records of stations and their stock in the 1920s.
Another place we investigated today was the site of the original town at Pelican Waterhole, the town site was moved to it’s present position after it was flooded once too often.
We’ve enjoyed our stay in Winton, it’s been fun sitting with a schooner outside the Australian Hotel (No beer for me!) and people watching. Seeing people come out of Searles with their brand new big hats, Bluey with height and legs of a jockey and Clarrie who apparently gave everyone a scare when he was taken off to hospital in Townsville by the RFDS but is back home now feeling like a million dollars having survived “the learner pilot” who made a bumpy landing coming in to Winton.