Cully Fest Combining Cultures with Tristan Evert Journalist
G’day everyone, my name’s Tristan Evert and I’m the newest addition to the Cully Fest team and I will be sharing all the news and details as it breaks for Cully Fest 2017. I am currently nearing the end of a degree in journalism at Griffith University here on the Gold Coast. I was born and raised on the Gold Coast, however have enjoyed numerous travels west, with family in both Cunnamulla and Winton, which has inspired me to share the many unbelievable experiences I have had. The characters, the mateship, the cultures and traditions.
I am passionate about sport, travel and music, which is why Cully Fest is of interest to me.
I will use my skill and zest for writing to take you on a journey of culture and tradition, which is what Cully Fest is all about. Cully Fest is about Outback and Aboriginal culture and bringing people together in creative ways to educate and understand. Together we can unearth the history, stories, characters, struggles and skills handed down over two hundred years of white settlement and up to 50,000 years for Aboriginals.
Cully Fest captured my attention after hearing about all of the success in 2016 and once I jumped on board it just kept getting better and better.
As I commenced interviewing a range of performers, artists and people involved, I was drawn into the positive and exciting creative ideas, artworks and performances on display. The wide array of unique musicians on show was one of the strongpoints for me. For a remote location, Cully Fest was able to draw out a spectacular line-up of diverse music. I have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people so far in my Cully Fest journey. People like Susie Klein and Christopher Coleman are just a couple of the incredible people that I have had the chance to talk to. I’ve learnt so much, however still have so much to learn and Cully Fest will broaden my perspectives on Outback and Aboriginal life and culture.
There is a real commitment for Cully Fest to deliver a hands on experience for all that attend, no matter their age, in 2017.
The family friendly event will get people involved and allow them to explore a range of festival activates. Cully Fest is about connecting with some of the most exciting individuals from all walks of life, mostly people you would never have had the good fortune to meet. The most exciting adventures and the brightest characters Queensland has to offer, starting with members of my own family.
Full of knowledge that births from a rich history in the far reaches of the Australian outback.
I come from a long line of country icons that have done some extraordinary things. I am an Evert and the Evert family were explorers, trail blazers and innovators. My great uncle Vince Evert was a visionary, originally the owner and picture show man, running one of the last open air theatres in Australia before furthering his enormous passion for open cut opal mining. He took the opal and travelled around the world, realising the enormous potential in over seas markets. He visited places like Japan and America showcasing opal and slowly creating the company now known as Evert Fine Jewellery. In the early days he would often bring people from all around the world to his fields and give them the outback experience, an early example of outback tours.
Vince, as well as his two brothers Neale and Peter are famous for promoting outback Queensland and they saw opal as an opportunity to bring people out. The trio journeyed all over the outback promoting tourism in their home town of Winton as the future that would keep the bush alive. No one believed Vince but he had tremendous vision and faith and because he was so highly regarded people followed his lead. Vince has since passed on but has a prestigious tourism award named after him, the Outback Tourism Queensland Association’s Vince Evert Award.
Not only the Evert side of the family are prominent in outback Queensland, my other side of the family also hosts some quite spectacular outback characters. In my own way I feel like I will be following in their footsteps through my writing and connecting with readers.
My great great grandparents, Catherine O’Rioden and William Robert Clayton were both drovers that toured the rugged landscape. Originally from Ireland, Ms O’Rioden boarded a ship in sight of Australia out of desperation, however was shipwrecked in the red sea. She was rescued and given a job in the North Gregory Hotel Winton before moving to the Boulia Hotel where she married. The pair called Bourke, Hungerford, Thargomindah and Cunnamulla home as they travelled around, running hotels and droving cattle. At one stage they were droving 500 head of cattle towards Burke when they ran into the legendary ‘Sir Sidney Kidman,’ who offered them a fortune for their cattle.
Bourne in Bourke, my great grandmother Margaret Emery grew up on the droving trails, sleeping under the stars every night, a real kid of the outback. Margaret and her mother would often have tea with the mother of famous bushranger Ben Hall. At the age of 26 she married Steven Emery, whom was known to everyone as Bub. Together they had five children, Peg, Tom, Elsie, June and Chris and in 1943 the family moved to Cunnamulla, where Bub began operating the mail run and developed a wool carting business. Margret became well known to all in Cunnamulla and was called Gran by many. A true outback icon that spent her 96 years of life in the outback.
This diverse and extensive outback family history provides me with an extremely unique insight into outback culture and life that I will enjoy sharing with my audience.
Full of amazing tales and adventurous stories, you will be left wanting more. You can expect scandals, love, loss, war, peace, struggles, achievement, adventures, history, characters and progress. Everything that makes the outback great, unbreakable spirit, amazing country mateship and a never give up fight for survival. Something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. If you’re searching for an unbelievable, authentic outback adventure then come on this written journey with me. Meet the locals, experience nature and discover the wonderful secrets of Cunnamulla and Outback Queensland at the 2017 Cully Folk Festival.