Draffin Street Furniture recently completed a project for the City of Melbourne to fabricate components for an art installation in Melbourne.
Artist Brook Andrew, along with Trent Walter, were commissioned by the City of Melbourne to develop a public artwork commemorating Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, two Tasmanian Aboriginal men who were publicly hanged in Melbourne in 1842. Their artwork, Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner is situated on a small reserve at the intersection of Victoria and Franklin Streets, in proximity to the site known to be where the two men were hanged. Experimental and empowering, this contemporary artwork invites those who live in or visit Melbourne to discover how this story informs our knowledge of Aboriginal history and contested stories of colonisation.
The ‘Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner’ monument across from the Old Melbourne Gaol. The public artwork commemorates Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, two Tasmanian Aboriginal men who were the first to be publicly hanged in Melbourne, 1842.
The brightly coloured newspaper stands are in the colours of both the Australian and Aboriginal flag and contain newspapers with stories that acknowledge the early colonial and Aboriginal histories of Melbourne and Tasmania.
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