Arno's WallWho was Arno? Arno Grotjahn as a young man spent his time as a merchant seaman travelling the world. When he immigrated to Australia from Germany he spent his time around Winton opal mining. But then I think he spent quite a long time building this 70 metre long and two metres high wall. This wall is such an amazing piece of art constructed of concrete and rock bought from Arno's opal mine in Opalton. It is also studded with everything you could think of, lawn mower parts, sinks, typewriters, sewing machines, whole motorbikes even Batman got a show.
|Fans, Lawnmower parts and old Typewriters|
|Even an old AGA oven - they cost a fortune|
|Anyone lost a hubcap??|
|Even Batman makes an appearance|
Main street in WintonIt is said that on 6 April 1895 Banjo Patterson first performed the famous bush ballad "Waltzing Matilda"at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton.
|A statue of Banjo Patterson|
|The words of Waltzing Matilda|
|The art deco style North Gregory Hotel|
|The Tattersalls Hotel which is just across the road from where we are camped|
|The Australia Hotel is no longer open|
|The Post Office is a beautiful building|
The Musical FenceIn 2003 this fence was built making it the first musical fence in the world. It was designed by percussion and composer Graeme Leak. As I walked up to the fence I could hear a humming sound which was the wind blowing along the fence and echoing in the two wooden box resonators. As well as the fence there are a number of other musical instruments made out of junk. I have seen this on TV before and wanted to visit and have a go. So I grabbed a stick and a small metal pipe and walked around having a play of all the instruments. It was a great fun way to start my day.
|The Musical Fence|
|Not sure what this instrument would be called....|
|......or this one - but it sounded good and it was fun.|
|The drum set was made out of all sorts of junk.|