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Trip Start May 09, 2013
41Trip End Jul 01, 2013
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To day we are heading off to Winton in search of dinosaurs. Winton is dinosaur capital of Australia, in the next couple of days I will know everything there is to know about life on earth of dinosaurs in our neck of the woods
As usual our first stop in town was the information centre. Bazza had a feeling that the Gregory Hotel had a car park at the rear which welcomed RV's. That was confirmed by the nice info lady, but she did advise us that it gets booked up very quickly and that we should go check it out as soon as possible. We walked around to the back of the hotel where we were met by a very unusual lady by the name of Helen. She told us to go get our vans, she then told us exactly where to park, she also told us it was free to park here but a gold coin donation would be appreciated, we had free use of a hot shower and toilet and she fully expected us to show up in the beer garden at 4.30pm for her free music show. I suspected that Helen's former profession was parking jumbo jets.
There was no way in this wide world that we would not have turned up for Helen's Music Show. Fred & I were a little late for the first number which was On The Road Again, I love that song. As we approached the beer garden the singing stopped and the whistling started, I don't think I've ever heard a woman whistle that well. Helen was plugging her CD's right after that first song and because we were such a good audience we could purchase her latest CD On The Road Again for just $15 instead of $20
Not to detract anything from Helen, when she finally returned to her stool and continued with her cabaret we did learn how our most beloved song Waltzing Matilda came about. A Matilda is the swag that a drover or shearer carried around his neck. In the shearing shed a shearer would throw his swag over the rafters and then grab hold of the ends and dance with it as if he was partnering a woman in a dance. The melody was written by Christina Mcpherson words by Banjo Patterson, it all happened one weekend at Dagwood Station, a very famous property just outside Winton. The song was first publicly performed at the Gregory Hotel and quickly became the most popular song sung throughout the country. Although the story of the jolly swagman is not strictly true, all the verses relate to individual events in the area which Banjo Patterson was able to bring together to create what has become our unofficial national anthem.
Another most entertaining day.