City of Melbourne plans new memorial to educate about forgotten colonial wars between Europeans and Aborigines

December 17, 2015

The City of Melbourne’s first monument to two Aboriginal men executed in 1842 will serve as a war memorial to Indigenous people’s clashes with colonists, says an artist behind the winning design.

Brightly coloured newspaper vending boxes, a child’s swing doubling as a gallows and an Indigenous garden are part of the piece

Artist Brook Andrew says the monument, Standing by Tunnerminnerwait​ and Maulboyheenner​, will educate locals and visitors about forgotten colonial wars between Europeans and Aborigines.

The site, near RMIT, Old Melbourne Gaol and the City Baths, is near where, on January 20, 1842, 5000 people watched Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner hang for two murders.

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Last Updated: February 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm