Whip Cracker

The Story Behind This Mural

This mural portrays one of Maryborough’s timeless, interesting, brave and well known characters – Barbara Dalton, the matriarch of the “Dalton Family Whip Cracking Show” who performed at our local markets.  The Whip Cracking Show was announced each Market Day by the blowing of a bullock horn by one of her daughters.  The Show was a crowd favourite and Barbara would put a rolled-leaf in her mouth and let her husband or one of her sons crack it in half with a whip!  The audience, often six deep, would watch enthralled as the leaf was cut from Barb’s mouth, or in the case of her skills, a persons fingers.  Adding to this remarkable lady’s abilities was her skill with pistols and rifles – she was recognised in the Sporting Shooters Association.  She was born in Gympie in 1937 and moved to Maryborough soon after.  She married in 1956 and had six children.  She passed away in 2015.

Mural Location


About the Artist

The artist, Shanay Scarlet Prince is an interdisciplinary Australian artist and high school teacher.  In 2014 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching to share her passion for the arts with the next generation.  She generously waived her commission for this mural.

Contributors to this Mural

The Maryborough Mural Project relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors from our local community.   The artist generously waived her commission for this mural.  The Committee would like to thank Ms Katrina Dollin, Mrs Tracey Christoffel, Mr Mal Finlayson, Ms Tracey Gray, Mrs Dawn Vanderwolf, Ms Yvonne Loveday and Mr Rai Whitten for their time and expertise in coordinating this mural.  The Committee also thanks Brett Peters, Andrew and Aliona Kidd and the following businesses for their kind and generous sponsorship of this mural: