Fella’s a tribute to pastoral roots
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.
PRIDE OF PLACE: The Cunnamulla Fella sits proudly in the town.