Silos could become historical canvases

Artwork: Farmer on the mural Nick Hulland (also pictured on the silos in Patchewollock, Victoria) with his dog Wally. Picture: Nick Hulland

Artwork: Farmer on the mural Nick Hulland (also pictured on the silos in Patchewollock, Victoria) with his dog Wally. Picture: Nick Hulland

For years two silos have stood tall on the eastern side of Appin Road, near Bradbury.

To some, the structures look like to empty storage containers.

But they also represent a major part of Campbelltown and the Macarthur region’s history.

Campbelltown councillor Meg Oates (Labor) has come up with an idea to ensure Campbelltonians are more aware of the area’s historically significant landmarks and people who played a major role in the shaping the city.

Cr Oates wants to follow the lead of other Victorian and NSW towns who have used old silos as canvases for portraits of local identities – particularly those of Aboriginal descent and those who contributed to the agricultural industries.

The silos on Appin Road.

The silos on Appin Road.

“The intention behind the idea is to retain and emphasise the importance of local history,” she said.

“A lot of people wouldn’t know what the silos are and a lot of the younger people certainly wouldn’t have a clue.

“(If big murals were painted on them) they would notice them and say ‘what’s that?’.”

“We recognise Fred Fisher (through events and landmarks) but we also have an incredible Aboriginal history which is also very sad (like the Appin Massacre).

“And we also have our pastoral history.

“We’ve got all this history so we should somehow highlight it.”

Cr Oates said she had seen murals on silos in small towns throughout Victoria and NSW and they looked “unbelievable”.

Campbelltown Council staff will investigate the cost of the project and present councillors with the findings once complete. 

Tribute: Brim locals (left to right) Peter Martin, Sam Martin, Win Appledore and Alan Quick pictured on silos located in the Victorian town. Picture: Paul Carracher

Tribute: Brim locals (left to right) Peter Martin, Sam Martin, Win Appledore and Alan Quick pictured on silos located in the Victorian town. Picture: Paul Carracher

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