|Über uns||Winton Business and Tourism Assoc. is an incorporated body facilitating the building of business, tourism and community options within the Winton Shire.|
|Mission||To promote Winton and through that promotion increase visitation to the community and its businesses to generate future income and sustainability|
40 Years of History …
The Winton Tourist Promotion Association (W.T.P.A.) was formed in October 1967, and because of the connection to Banjo Paterson and Waltzing Matilda, it was a natural concept to look at ways to encourage the writing of traditional Australian verse that was made so popular by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson, Henry Lawson etc. which is so much a part of our Australian heritage.
At that time, Winton had a number of residents writing and/or interested in Australian Bush Poetry.
In 1970, led by Bruce Simpson, these poets wrote and produced “Matilda Matilda”, a local booklet commemorating the 75th anniversary of A.B.‘Banjo’ Paterson’s writing of “Waltzing Matilda” in the Winton district.
This booklet proved so popular, that the W.T.P.A. decided to run an annual national competition for written Australian Bush Verse, with the prize to be a Silver Swaggie.
Miss Daphne Mayo, a famous Australian sculptress who had completed the famous fibre-cast swagman for the Winton Shire in 1959, was approached to create a swagman statuette to be used as a trophy.
In 1971, Miss Mayo was given permission to proceed with the statuette, but because of the high cost of silver, the swagman was cast in bronze instead, and a tradition was born.
Our most sincere thanks must go to Bruce Forbes Simpson, and his secretary, local bush poet Clover Nolan, for their dedication – not only at the beginning in 1972 – but for some years following during the rapid expansion of interest in what became known world-wide as the Bronze Swagman Award.
Although there have been several name changes of the Association from Winton Tourist Promotion Association to Vision Winton to Winton Business and Tourism Association Incorporated (current), the aim has always been to continue the Bronze Swagman award.
The Bronze Swagman itself is a striking 12” high statuette in bronze, mounted on a base. A Winton Opal was also part of the prize for many years, and recently a cash prize
|Auszeichnungen||Australia Day Community Award, Judith Hosier Heritage Award,|
|Produkt||Bronze Swagman Book of Verse|