The Story Behind This Mural
No, this is not Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen’s “Red Baron”. Manfred was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War 1. He is considered the ace of aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. This mural is the Red Baron of a tiny kind, also an ace in terms of flying ability. Urothemis aliena, commonly called the red baron, is a species of dragonfly found in northern and eastern Australia. Many of you would have seen this lovely dragonfly along the Mary River, and in its many lagoons and ponds. The Red Baron Dragonfly is a medium-sized dragonfly (wingspan 85mm, length 45mm) with a bright red body. The hindwing has a dark triangular-shaped reddish-brown mark at the base. Its Australian distribution is from the north of the continent to the southern Queensland border.
Contributors to this Mural
The Maryborough Mural Project relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors from our local community. The artist painted this mural for free. The Committee would like to thank Mr Ashley Bower, Mrs Tracey Christoffel, Mr Mal Finlayson, Ms Tracey Gray, Mrs Dawn Vanderwolf, and Mr Rai Whitten for their time and expertise in coordinating this mural. The Committee also thanks the following businesses for their kind and generous sponsorship of this mural: