An early morning blaze has gutted parts of the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton in western Queensland.
Historic displays at the famous museum much loved by grey nomads have been destroyed, including a World War I exhibition.
The ABC reports that two crews from Winton and one from Longreach, almost 200 kilometres away, attended the scene in the early hours of this morning.
The tourism complex of the centre was gutted and the museum has been severely damaged by smoke and fire.
“Unfortunately it is a bit of a kick in the guts but we will tough it out and keep going with it,” Winton Mayor Butch Lenton told the ABC. “It has done some serious damage unfortunately. There have been no injuries and we are grateful for that, but unfortunately you lose a lot of history which you can’t regather.”
The fire has been extinguished, but its cause is not known at this stage.
The centre was built in 1998 after the centenary celebrations for the AB “Banjo” Paterson’s 1895 song and houses memorabilia and interactive displays.
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