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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sculptures of the Hugh Sawrey Walkway Kogan

01st January 2016

HISTORICAL SCULPTURES IN KOGAN, WESTERN DOWNS, QUEENSLAND

Kogan is a tiny town found 54kms north west of Dalby in the Western Downs Region of Rural Queensland, on Kogan Creek. These photos are taken at the Hugh Sawrey Walkway in Kogan Park.

Hugh Sawrey was a popular Australian Impressionist Artist, who's family resided on Kogan Creek. His work featured the Queensland "outback" and his subjects reflected country workers.  The "Man who Steadies the Lead" sculpture is a tribute to Hugh Sawrey and is located at the very front of the Hugh Sawrey Walkway in Kogan Park.  "Bush Friendship" is a life size bronze Sculpture of artist Hugh Sawrey & Kogan Publican Darkie Dwyer, who formed a strong friendship after the Second World War. The bronze sculpture shows them playing cards.

There were other sculptures and plenty of history depicted in interpretive signage throughout the walkway park at Kogan. the park included a playground, sitting areas and shady trees for a good rest-stop.  The town consists of a Memorial Hall, Hotel and a small shop located in a transportable building, local homes and the Hugh Sawrey Walkway Park.

Unfortunately due to the long drought in Western Queensland, Kogan Creek was without water when we visited on New Year's Day, one could tell however, that it would be quite a picturesque spot to stop when the creek was full.

J G

 
"The Man Who Steadies the Lead", a Dion Cross Sculpture on the Hugh Sawrey Walkway, Kogan, Queensland

"The Man Who Steadies the Lead", a Dion Cross Sculpture on the Hugh Sawrey Walkway, Kogan, Queensland
Aboriginal Art at the Hugh Sawrey Walkway, Kogan, Queensland.

"Bush Friendship" Life Size Bronze Sculpture of artist Hugh Sawrey & Kogan Publican Darkie Dwyer

Some of the historical signage at Hugh Sawrey Walkway, Kogan

Historical signage about the pioneer families of the Kogan area, at the Hugh Sawrey Walkway, Kogan. 
A little more about the friendship depicted in the Bush Friendship Sculpture here:  http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/friendship-formed-in-kogan-pub-captured-canvas/1968040/

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