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Immortalising individuals who have done terrible things is not good practice by most people's standards in 2021. Many colonial statues are offensive, some more than others. This is the case of the statue of Crowther in Franklin Square - a statue on a massive pedestal - yet details of his gory deeds are missing, just like much of lutruwita's (Tasmania's) history. Do people that go into that park know who he is? Do they care? Would they even notice if he is missing? Do they want the statue gone? Are they ashamed of missing history?
Something Missing explores answers to these questions from people who pass through the park every day and the work will continue, or perhaps hasten, the conversation about what we do with these chunks of metal.
The Whaler's TaleThe Whaler's Tale
The Whaler’s Tale is a 12-minute film created by Roger Scholes and Greg Lehman. The film tells of the extraordinary story of the life of Tasmanian Aboriginal William Lanney (1835-1869).
From the artists:
“The life of Aboriginal Tasmanian William Lanney [1835-1869] has been overshadowed by what happened to him after his death. Few of us know anything about his extraordinary life... You would have to dig into the archives or online to find out about the remarkable events of Lanney’s life - a life which offers deep insights for us today into the turmoil C19th Van Diemen’s Land - Tasmania - lutruwita.”
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following film may contain images and voices of deceased persons.