Fella’s a trib­ute to pas­toral roots

Western Times - - CUNNAMULLA 150 ADVERTISING FEATURE - Shan­non Hardy shan­non.hardy@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

WRIT­TEN by Stan Coster and made fa­mous by the tones of Slim Dusty, ‘Cun­na­mulla Fella’ holds a place in the heart of the town.

From this song came a mu­seum and the statue that now sits, pride of place, in town.

The words of the song talk about Cun­na­mulla’s her­itage as pas­toral land and the stock­men who worked it.

The re­gion’s hard won pros­per­ity in the sheep and cat­tle in­dus­tries are still a point of pride to­day.

In 2003 the town­ship de­cided they wanted to pay homage to the song with a sculp­ture.

A con­test was or­gan­ised in 2003 where artists from all over Aus­tralian could sub­mit a piece in their cho­sen me­dia that de­picted their idea of the Cun­na­mulla Fella.

The win­ning art­work would then be recre­ated as a sculp­ture and hold a place of promi­nence in the town.

Bris­bane based artist Michael Ni­cholas won the con­test with his im­age of a young stockman squat­ting on the ground.

A twice life sized sculp­ture was com­mis­sioned from artist Archie St Clair.

St Clair was a he­li­copter pi­lot in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory who turned to sculpt­ing af­ter an ac­ci­dent forced him to give up his fly­ing ca­reer.

He then moved to the United States to con­tinue his new ca­reer.

The sculp­ture was cre­ated in Texas be­fore be­ing shipped to Aus­tralia.

Twice the size of a real man, the statue was un­veiled on No­vem­ber 18, 2005.

Now the Cun­na­mulla Fella con­tin­ues to bring in the tourists with a fes­ti­val named af­ter him.

The Cun­na­mulla Fella Fes­ti­val fea­tures the best

Now I’m a scrub­ber, run­ner and a breaker too I live on damper and wal­laby stew I’ve got a big cat­tle dog with a staghound cross I never saw the scrub­ber we couldn’t toss ‘Cause I’m the fella from Cun­na­mulla Yes I’m the Cun­na­mulla fella. — Writ­ten by Stan Coster Per­formed by Slim Dusty and many oth­ers

that out­back Queens­land has to of­fer.

A pro­gram full of live en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic and more brings peo­ple from all over.

The bronze statue and song con­tinue to pay homage to the stock­men who played such a huge role in Cun­na­mulla’s cre­ation and growth.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PRIDE OF PLACE: The Cun­na­mulla Fella sits proudly in the town.

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