Crowther Reinterpretation

The City of Hobart has commissioned a series of four temporary public art commissions, by local arts practitioners, each offering a response to the statue of William Crowther in Franklin Square.

Through engagement on a number of City of Hobart projects, a number of Tasmanian Aboriginal people expressed their discomfort with the continued existence of the William Crowther statue and their desire for something to be done to recognise Crowther’s treatment of the Aboriginal leader William Lanne’s body after his death in the 1860s.

The City’s Aboriginal Commitment and Action Plan, sets out a commitment to visibility and truth telling across the city, with an action under this commitment being:

Undertake an interpretation project to tell the layered story of Crowther in Franklin Square. (Action 6)

This project responds directly to this commitment, and is intended as a way to allow multiple voices to comment on and discuss this contested element within the city.

The four works will present diverse perspectives and aim to acknowledge, question, provoke discussion or increase awareness about the story of Crowther and Lanne.

The current work installed is:

Something Missing, 2021 by Jillian Mundy


Get involved and have your say


  1. View the temporary public artwork in Franklin Square
  2. Complete the online survey
  3. Join the conversation in the online discussion forum

If this project has raised any mental health concerns for you, we encourage you to seek help via the support services listed at Mental Health Council of Tasmania.

The City of Hobart has commissioned a series of four temporary public art commissions, by local arts practitioners, each offering a response to the statue of William Crowther in Franklin Square.

Through engagement on a number of City of Hobart projects, a number of Tasmanian Aboriginal people expressed their discomfort with the continued existence of the William Crowther statue and their desire for something to be done to recognise Crowther’s treatment of the Aboriginal leader William Lanne’s body after his death in the 1860s.

The City’s Aboriginal Commitment and Action Plan, sets out a commitment to visibility and truth telling across the city, with an action under this commitment being:

Undertake an interpretation project to tell the layered story of Crowther in Franklin Square. (Action 6)

This project responds directly to this commitment, and is intended as a way to allow multiple voices to comment on and discuss this contested element within the city.

The four works will present diverse perspectives and aim to acknowledge, question, provoke discussion or increase awareness about the story of Crowther and Lanne.

The current work installed is:

Something Missing, 2021 by Jillian Mundy


Get involved and have your say


  1. View the temporary public artwork in Franklin Square
  2. Complete the online survey
  3. Join the conversation in the online discussion forum

If this project has raised any mental health concerns for you, we encourage you to seek help via the support services listed at Mental Health Council of Tasmania.

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