Playing tourist, visiting the town of Sheffield, about an hour from where we live.Sheffield is known
as the town of murals,as will become evident.Firstly, a little history, in the early 1980,s as with many
small rural communities the town was in rapid decline and a new way of providing income for the town
was needed.Tourism was the answer and to bring tourists to the area, something different was in order
and so the mural project began and continues to this day with new murals continually added.
This is the first mural commissioned ,it is titled Stillness and Warmth and was completed in December,1986.
It is of Gustav Wendorfer,a forward thinker, who is responsible for having one of our beautiful areas,
Cradle Mountain/Lake St.Clair declared a National Park,thus ensuring its protection for generations to
come to enjoy.The theme is based on an entry in his diary,”when the ground is all covered in snow,I do
build a big fire,open my door and presently,they come in,one by one,the wild animals,without the usual
fear of man or one another,and share with me,in stillness ,the grateful warmth.
This mural of the blacksmith at work was painted on the side of a coffee shop and craft store,where we had lunch. I so admire all the details,including the dog watching on. Many of the murals depict scenes of early
life in the town.
This mural introduces visitors to two of our iconic animals, the Tassie Devil and the Tasmanian Tiger.
The Tasmanian Tiger,so named because of the stripes,is more akin to a wolf or a dog,is sadly now extinct.
The last known Thylacine(its proper name) died in captivity in the 1930’s but from time to time in remote
areas claims of sightings are reported.The other animal the Tasmanian Devil is under threat from a Facial
Tumour Disease but some new colonies of the animal are now being established so hopefully they will be
saved from extinction.
Taking a closer view of the details,can you see the two wombats(the grey animals), they are my favourite
of our Australian animals.
Speaking of details, for my visit to the murals, I wore over my black basics, a leather jacket in a creamy,
putty colour ,a scarf in black ,white and beige with a shoe design(that sadly does not show) from Charles
Jordan that I have had for many years and my cream,grey and natural Fedora .
The theme is the scarf.
I hope you have enjoyed my little tour.