Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner 2015

GILSON, Marlene (Wadawarrung)

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GILSON, Marlene (Wadawarrung)


Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner

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synthetic polymer paint on linen

Dimensions (H x W x D)

142.5 x 198.5 cm


Signed by the artist lower right: MARLENE GILSON 2015.

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Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, 2015
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
© Courtesy of the artist


Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, Marlene Gilson, 2015, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Executed in Franklin street, Paola Balla


Large history painting depicting the public hanging of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner in Franklin Street, Melbourne in 1842.

‘As Judge John Walpole Willis said, their punishment was designed to inspire ‘terror ... to deter similar transgressions": Aborigines from the surrounding districts had watched the sentence take effect ... It must surely have been hoped that the chastisement of the wrong-doers would have a sobering effect upon them.’

Susanne Davies, Historian, 1987

'It was an honour to paint Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner. I hope I have done them justice.'

Marlene Gilson Wadawurrung (Wathaurung)

Aunty Marlene Gilson is a Wadawurrung Elder who was was born in Warrnambool and learned Wadawurrung history from her grandmother. She started painting eight years ago while recovering from an illness. She uses a naïve style to paint her country, birds and totems, Bunjil and Waa, seeking to preserve Wadawurrung stories for future generations.