While staying at Tattersalls Hotel in 1949 with his friend John Nagle, artist Russell Drysdale made a small sketch with brown ink and pastel from just outside this hotel. The sketch would later transform into one of Drysdale's most iconic paintings 'West Wyalong 1949' depicting a particularly poignant moment at dusk with dark shadows and a bright sky. The street is empty of people, but in the far distance can be seen a light from a small cafe.
A celebration in bronze was placed outside our hotel in 2014 together with an information panel. For just a few hours the painting itself plus the sketch (acompanied by two armed guards) graced the wall of the bar for all to admire.