Devenish triumphs as final silo is revealed
15 April 2019
Devenish’s latest work of art was unveiled at the weekend, before a packed ANZAC Day commemorative service.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan officially opened painting of a Lighthorse soldier and his horse.
The work was created by Melbourne-based street artist Cam Scale on the side of the town’s steel grain silo, next to last year’s painting of two army nurses - one from World War I and the other from the modern day.
An estimated 2000 people attended the event, lining the streets for a 1920s themed parade, led by three local veterans Andrew Woods, Tom Trewin and Jarrod Lidgerwood.
Ms Ryan said the placement of the paintings on the town’s grain silos, located on the railway line, was very poignant.
“In 1919, Devenish families, like families from all over Australia, were waiting for their loved ones to return from the war,” Ms Ryan said.
“Fifty young men enlisted to fight from a population of just 300.
“While the silos weren’t built then, the families of those young men waited in the same spot 100 years ago for the train to arrive. For some, it never came.”
Ms Ryan said what the Devenish community had achieved, led by Kevin Mitchell and the Devenish Silo Art Committee, was extraordinary.
“The community estimates 75,000 people have visited the town since the murals of the two nurses was finished 12 months ago,” Ms Ryan said.
“They had no assistance from the state government and raised almost all of the money to complete the project locally.
“Devenish is an amazing small community which has proudly carved its own future and they should be congratulated for that,” Ms Ryan said.