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The Girl and the Croc
The Story Behind This Mural
A photograph of a girl sitting on a 4m crocodile at the turn of the century was the inspiration for this street art project. It’s believed the photo was taken after a crocodile was shot in the Mary River by Walter McIndoe and displayed by the Cran family at their Iindah sugar plantation in 1903. Mclndoe is said to have fired at the croc from his River Road property causing it to launch itself into the air and disappear. Sometime later, brothers punting timber down the river pulled the croc from the shallows while investigating a strange smell. It was put on display and contributions to a collection box ingeniously placed by Mrs James Cran raised significant funds for the local hospital appeal.
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: