A Shepparton man is appealing for funding to help repaint a giant mural displaying his town's history.By John Lewis
It has been part of Shepparton’s visual history for about 30 years and it is one of the city’s few pieces of large public art, but the Tirana City Walk mural needs a facelift.
Retired businessman and passionate Sheppartonian Arnold Gough is pushing for funding to help repaint the fading giant mural covering the north-facing wall of Tirana City Walk on Welsford St.
Mr Gough believes the mural could be eligible for up to $15
‘‘It’s such a part of Shepparton — it tells our whole history,’’ Mr Gough said.
The mural was painted in about 1982-83 with funding from the Community Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Victorian Ministry of Arts and Training.
Businesses that supported the project are listed in the lower right-hand corner of the mural and include J. Furphy, Shepparton News, Neil Werner Pharmacy, Shepparton South Technical College and Wynne Insurance.
The mural tells the story of Shepparton from left to right — starting with the first Indigenous peoples then the arrival of the first settlers, horses and early buildings such as Emu Inn.
It then moves through the decades showing a Furphy water tank, the original post office building, the Telstra clock tower and an aircraft leaving Shepparton’s airport.
New immigrants from across the globe can be seen arriving in the right-hand corner.
A prominent figure in the mural is a man riding a tricycle with a cockatoo on his shoulder.
‘‘I remember him. I think his name was Billy Russell and he used to live on the riverbank,’’ Mr Gough said.
‘‘I appreciate the work that was done and all the local history. Is there a bigger hand-painted mural than that anywhere in Victoria?’’
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