- Winton, Queensland
Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Winton
state = qld
lga = Winton Shire Council
postcode = 4735
pop = 1,545 [ [http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/335057400Population/People12000-2004?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=335057400&issue=2000-2004&num=&view= ABS Data] ]
stategov = Mount Isa
fedgov = Flynn
dist1 = 441
dist2 = 1153
dist3 = 1317
Winton is a town in central west
Queensland, Australia, located 177 kilometres northwest of Longreach. Shire population at the 2001 Censuswas 1612, although this had declined to 1,545 by 2004. Main industries of the area are sheepand cattle. Named by postmaster, Robert Allen, in 1876 for his place of birth Winton, Dorset.cite web
url = http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/latestnews/display.var.1480304.0.pop_down_under_to_winton.php
title = Pop down (under) to Winton…
accessdate = 2007-06-19
author = Jane Reader
last = Reader
first = Jane
date = 2007-06-19
year = 2007
month = JUN
format = HTML
work = Bournemouth Daily Echo
publisher = Newsquest Media Group
language = English
quote = a book which reveals the town in western Queensland was named after our very own Winton by the postmaster, Robert Allen, in 1876] climate chart|Winton
Winton was one of the founding towns of the Australian airline
Qantas. The first board meeting was held at the Winton Club on February 10th, 1921.
Winton is intimately involved in the story of the popular Australian folk song,
Waltzing Matilda, which had its first performance in the North Gregory Hotel in the town. The song was written locally on a property beside the famous billabong. The North Gregory Hotel has been ravaged by fire three times. The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the first museum dedicated to a song. 'Banjo' Paterson wrote the song whilst holidaying at Dagworth Station. The Waltzing Matilda Centre opened in 1998.
The area surrounding the town has yielded a number of
dinosaurfossils, including 'Elliot', a sauropod. Lark Quarry, 115 kilometres southwest of Winton, has preserved evidence of a dinosaur stampede. The stampede scene in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park was based on the Trackways.
The historic Royal Theatre is one of the few remaining open air picture theatres in Australia and home to the World's Largest Deckchair which was originally constructed in Victoria by the Freemasons Taskforce in 2002 and donated to Winton and the Royal Theatre by the members of that taskforce in April 2005.
Great Artesian Basin
Winton is situated on the
Great Artesian Basin. The water supply bursts to the surface at 83C degrees and is then channeled through cooling ponds before being distributed to the town. Sulphur gas gives the water an 'eggy' smell.
Bi-annually, Winton hosts a week-long outback festival in the main street featuring an iron man race, live bands, competitions and more.
Arno's wall is a strange mixture of art and architecture. Cemented contents of the wall include rusted lawnmower parts, boat propellers, vintage typewriters and sewing machines and even a couple of complete motorbikes.
2005film The Propositionwas filmed entirely in Winton and the surrounding area.
Ludwig Leichhardtexplores region
Augustus Gregorysearches for Leichhardt
*1861 Landsborough searches for
Burke and Wills
*1866 First European settlers
*1876 First hotel/store built
*1879 Town gazetted
*1880 First doctor arrives,
Cobb and Coservices begin, Police station established
*1881 First bank opens
*1882 First school opens
*1885 First newspaper
*1891 Great Shearers' Strike
*1894 Second shearers' strike
*1895 First public performance of 'Waltzing Matilda'
*1899 First train arrives
*1900 Worst drought
*1906 Record floods
*1909 Telephone connected
*1911 Open-air picture theatre opens
*1942 Former US President
Lyndon B. Johnsonwas on board an aircraft, as a crewmember, which did a forced landing at Carisbrooke Station
*1946 North Gregory Hotel destroyed by fire for 3rd time
World Rodeo Championships
*1962 Dinosaur Trackways discovered at the site now known as
Lark QuarryConservation Park
*1972 First Outback Festival
*1989 Winton to
*1996 The Agitator newspaper appears
*1998 Waltzing Matilda Centre opens
*1999 “Elliot”, the largest dinosaur find in Australia was discovered by a local grazier.
*2002 Lark Quarry building opened in August.
*2004 Lark Quarry receives National Heritage Listing.
* [http://www.experiencewinton.com.au/ Experience Winton]
* [http://www.matildacentre.com.au The Waltzing Matilda Centre]
* [http://www.dinosaurtrackways.com.au. Lark Quarry]
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