Winton Wetlands exhibition: Shotguns, bottles and tools from a lost lake

Wetlands chief executive Jim Grant and exhibition co-ordinator Alison Ballard view the Winton Wetlands European History Exhibition that will be on display this week. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Wetlands chief executive Jim Grant and exhibition co-ordinator Alison Ballard view the Winton Wetlands European History Exhibition that will be on display this week. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

OLD bottles, photographs, rusty shotguns and old farming tools all tell the story of Winton Wetlands’ European history.

An exhibition featuring these items and more opened at the old Lake Mokoan Yacht Club in Chesney Vale on Friday.

“We have had many locals loan us items and share their stories through our European history project,” exhibition co-ordinator Alison Ballard said.

“Among the items are quite a few bottles that have been recovered over the years and are on loan to us by the local workers on the (decommissioning) site for many years.”

The display, opened by member for Benalla Bill Sykes, also includes copies of photographs provided to the Winton Wetlands by those with strong connections to the site over the years.

Winton Wetlands committee member Doug Bain shared his wetlands’ experiences at the opening and discussed the significance of the site’s history and the plans for its future.

Ms Ballard said a highlight of the opening was having former Winton North resident Clem Lee view the exhibition.

“At 94 years old, Clem is the oldest surviving member of the Lee family and shared many tales of early dairying days across the Winton North district,” she said.

The display had already attracted 160 people at the weekend.

The free exhibition will be on display daily, from 10am to 4pm, until Sunday.

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