Crowther Reinterpretation

Engagement on this project has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who participated in the feedback process. We will report back here soon with the results of the engagement.


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 or view the video online here
  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.

Engagement on this project has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who participated in the feedback process. We will report back here soon with the results of the engagement.


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 or view the video online here
  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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    Something Missing is the fourth temporary artwork in the Crowther Reinterpretation project. It will be displayed from November 18, 2021 until the middle of January 2022 in Franklin Square. 

    We encourage you to view the work in Franklin Square and share your thoughts through the online discussion forum.


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    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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    BREATHING SPACE is the third artwork installed as part of the Crowther Re-interpreted project.  Created by artist Julie Gough, BREATHING SPACE is an intervention that disrupts the statue of Dr William Lodewyk Crowther within Franklin Square, and in doing so temporarily creates a break for those pained by its presence.

    We encourage you to view the artwork in Franklin Square and share your thoughts through the online discussion forum.


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    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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    The Lanney Pillar is the second artwork installed as part of the Crowther Re-interpreted project.  A collaboration between Roger Scholes and Greg Lehman, the artwork includes a 12 minute film: The Whaler's Tale which tells of the extraordinary life of Tasmanian Aboriginal William Lanne (1835 - 1869).  

    We encourage you to watch The Whaler's Tale and share your thoughts through the online discussion forum.


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    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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    by Northern lights, about 1 year ago
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    I really don't understand why it is important to one group that their culture is not disrespected while that same group is able to disrespect anothers culture. It matters not what the culture is, it is simply a matter of mutual respect. Why on earth councils believe its their job to get involved amazes me, particularly in the case of the HCC who couldn't run a bath, traffic congestion is off the planet while parking costs and unfair fines are a feature of the Hobart precinct.  If council concentrated on roads, rubbish and rates, not a green agenda they would do a much better job.

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