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Mulgildie Bunyip : 14-10-2013
Mulgildie Bunyip : 14-10-2013

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Russell Byers

The Mulgildie Bunyip commemorates the Mulgildie Branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) 80 years of service and Queensland's 150 years as a State of Australia. The mural behind the Bunyip was unveiled at the Mulgildie Bunyip Festival on the 12th November 2011.

The CWA is the largest women's organisation in Australia. Its aims are to improve the conditions for country women and children and to try to make life better for women and their families, especially those women living in rural and remote Australia. In addition to this the CWA supports many charities and local community projects as well as providing material aid to Asia Pacific Countries.

The bunyip is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. However, the bunyip appears to have formed part of traditional Aboriginal beliefs and stories throughout Australia, although its name varied according to tribal nomenclature.

 

Location

Address:Burnett Highway, Mulgildie, 4630
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.964802
Long: 151.131214
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Community
Monument Designer:Brett Benecke (sculptor) Arthur Hamblin (artwork)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th November, 2010
Front Inscription

                                                              Mulgildie Bunyip
                                                             Artist : Brett Benecke

This project celebrates the Mulgildie Branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) 80 years of service and Queensland's 150 years as a State of Australia.
This sculpture relates to the many and varied legends of the Bunyip Hole. The Artist has used plate steel that has been through a forge and shaped to depict the scales.
The Bunyip is carring a typical lunch, in relation to the legend of the area.
The Artist acknowledges the assistance and support of Paul Irvine.
Unveiled by Marion Mudra - QCWA State President on 20-11-2010
This project was supported by Arts Queensland and North Burnett Regional Council
through the Regional Arts Development Fund


                                                                 The Bunyip Hole
Aboriginals tell the story of fearsome booming monsters that inhabit swamps and waterholes. Just ten minutes from the tranquil township of Mulgildie lies the legendary Bunyip Hole, a place of mystery and intrigue.
Over the years, tales have emerged of strange noises, bubbling, churning water in the hole and of cattle disappearing into the depths as they drank. Known as "Devil Devil" country, Aboriginal tribes and drovers too, could not be persuaded to camp near the Bunyip Hole.
Some Aboriginal elders believe the Bunyip Hole is connected to a vast network of underground caverns passing Tellebang Mountain and stretching as far as Ban Ban Springs.
The mystery of the Bunyip Hole may never be known. Experience the intrigue and discover the mystery that lies beneath.

Source: MA
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