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Tex Morton
Tex Morton

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Portrait bus commemorates country music singer and Australia’s “Yodelling Boundary Rider”, Tex Morton who was born Robert Lane in Nelson, New Zealand, on August 30, 1916.

Tex Morton developed a career and reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile performing artists on any stage in the world. As the first to record original country music in this nation, Tex is renowned as “the father of Australian country music”. By the late 1930s, Tex had become Australia’s most popular recording and radio artist. His appealing songs and stories backed by his own accompaniments on the guitar increasing his popularity tremendously. He did quite a bit of professional work on commercial radio and undertook an extensive tour throughout Australia for national broadcaster the ABC. Throughout all this success, Tex retained his love of the outback. In the early `40s, he formed Australia’s "greatest Rodeo and Wildwest Show" for a tour throughout the nation.


Address:Kable Avenue, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, 2340
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.092887
Long: 150.929588
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 23rd July, 1991
Front Inscription

Just say there's no gold at the end of the rainbow
Tell him a rolling stone gathered no moss,
A wink and a smile and those merry eyes twinkle
"Moss would grow should I work for a boss!"

Oh how I envy the showman his treasures
Far from the city`s oppressions and schemes,
Did he but know it he`s rich beyond measure
For he has wealth beyond his wildest dreams. 

Yes now I envy the travelling showman,
His friend is as big as the wide land he roams,
Thinks like a king, has the heart of a gypsy.
And the whole of the wonderful country`s his home.

verses from "The Travelling Showman" by
             TEX MORTON

A gift from the
Tex Morton Memorial Association
To All People Who Admired And Loved
His Many Talents 
23rd July, 1991


Back Inscription
Source: MA,ACPH
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