Led Steer & Heifer Section: Ian Mitchell
Ian was a humble, generous man with a massive appetite for work. He had a vision, amazing stamina and was a true quiet achiever. Ian was not afraid to share his ideas and great knowledge of the land to inspire others around him. Read More>>
Cattle Section: Bob Blacket
Bob came to Winton from the Mitchell area in 1957. He drew a block on the Diamantina River and subsequently named it Tibourie. At nineteen years old his dream of becoming a cattle producer was soon realized, the land and stock becoming his major focus and passion. This property was the beginning of a long and successful life in the pastoral industry. Read More>>
Horse Section: Beth Axford
Beth’s love of horses began as a young girl with her traindriving father dropping her off in paddocks full of horses outside of Rockhampton to walk through them to her Grandmothers place. In her teenage years Beth worked as a governess at Blue Range Station, outside of Charters Towers. The Cores were a big horse family who encouraged her to camp draft with the family. Read More>>
Horse Section: James Elliott
James came into this world on the 5thMarch 1996 (a beautiful bundle of joy), in the Roma Hospital and grew up at “Wirilla” Winton. He was always just a happy boy and his love for animals started from a very young age. His first pony was Crystal (a Shetland) and then he went up in size to Pete (Welsh) and anything else that he could possibly get on. The photo below of him on the black horse was when they were both about 4 and James got him over to the fence and just climbed aboard. He first cantered unaided at 18 months on Crystal and it snowballed from there. Read More>>
Bird & Poultry Section: Clint Laffin
Clint Tucker Laffin, was extremely passionate about his birds and poultry; breeding and showing them. Clint was very competitive as he travelled around the Central West Show Circuit. He always came away pretty pleased with his winnings and didn’t mind letting everyone especially other bird enthusiasts know how he went. Read More>>
Wool Section: John O’Connell
John O’Connell came to Camara with his wife Jean and their five young children in December 1959. He was passionate about sheep and wool and at that time Camara ran mostly sheep and only had a handful of cattle.
Photography & Handicraft Sections: Marg Wooderson
Margaret (Mag) Wooderson was born in Longreach in 1907 and moved to Winton with her family a few years later where she lived until her death in 2000.
She is best known for her dress shop “Wooderson’s Frock Salon” which was situated in the North Gregory Hotel building. Read More>>
Photography Section: Joan Little
Joan Little (née Smuksta) was born in Chicago in 1943, later moving to California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Long Beach City College, then travelled extensively, meeting and falling in love with John Little in Europe and later marrying him. She taught in Townsville for a few years, before settling at Lanifer, Winton in 1970. Read More>>
Rosemary Bryce moved to Colston in the Winton area in the early 80s when she married Ross Bryce. They had two children, Malinda and Michael. Rose was always a keen supporter of the Winton Show especially the cooking section and she most often won Champion Cake with her legendary sponge. Read More>>
C M Lenton
Mildred Lenton as she was known, was involved in the Handicraft side of the Winton Show for many years; either helping or entering many of her own Handicraft items. She was known in her family for making many different items from cross stich to teddy bears. Mildred was awarded an OBE for her services to the Community and Methodist Church. Read More>>
Nat loved preparing for the Winton Show; she would take the week off work to go and organise her sections. Nat’s love was the Art Section and she would take great pride in writing the cards up in her beautiful calligraphy handwriting. Nat started helping in the School section of the Pavilion in the early 1970’s. Read More>>
Tania was a staunch supporter of the Winton Show. Tania loved her Handicraft and took great pride in her quilts, also offering her time throughout the show week preparing sections of the pavilion throughout the years. Tania’s other love at the show was the horses and especially the pony/childrens section. She would never fail to help in the horse ring when needed and in Tania’s words “I help as long as I am in the Kids Ring”. Read More>>
This Memorial Award was put in place in 2018, to honour the memory of past Handicraft Steward, Chris Angus.
2018 Winner: E. East & J. Muntelwit