TarraWarra Museum opened two shows on Sunday: Defining the Modern Australian Landscape: – Russell Drysdale and Future Memorials: Jonathan Jones, Tom Nicholson and Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy.
Aunty Joy gave a beautiful Welcome to Country. She mentioned having this part of Australian history, the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station; commissioned by and shown in a local Gallery (TarraWarra is just a few km’s away from Coranderrk) was a highlight of her life. By 1875, Coranderrk was a successful, self-sustaining Kulin community with thriving orchards and livestock, sound housing and a dormitory school. The 100 or so residents built a 1.5-mile aqueduct and sawmill and were well known for growing prize-winning produce. The settlement grew to 4850 acres and was one of the most successful stations in the Yarra Valley.
In 1924 Coranderrk residents were forced to leave their homes for Lake Tyers Mission, East Gippsland. Yet another tragic, mean-spirited chapter of White Australia’s recent history and relationship with aboriginal people.
Towards a Monument is Political Art. Learning about Coranderrk’s achievements made this work worthwhile for me. TarraWarra Museum celebrates its 10th Birthday with special celebrations on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December (including free museum entry). The Birthday bash also includes Free Pop Up Talks; a Cricket Clinic (batting, bowling and a Howzat! screaming workshop) led by the Healesville Cricket Club; sausage sizzle with other casual food delights, and a Children’s Sculpture Making Workshop led by artist Sarah Metzner. Natalie Thomas
Defining the Modern Australian Landscape and Future Memorials run till 9th February 2014