untitled (seven monuments)
untitled (seven monuments) is an art project by Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin (Wurundjeri), Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi) and Tom Nicholson (Celtic-Australian). Seven monuments mark the historical boundary of Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, one of Australia’s most significant sites.
Established by Wurundjeri people and other displaced Aboriginal people in 1863, Coranderrk Aboriginal Station quickly becomes both a thriving economic community and a powerful base for Aboriginal self-organisation and political advocacy. Coranderrk is reduced and undermined by the Victorian Colonial Government, ultimately leading to the dispersal and forced removal of the community to Lake Tyers in 1924, leaving only a handful of determined elders. Today Coranderrk continues to be an important living place for Wurundjeri and for the wider Aboriginal community.
untitled (seven monuments) invites you to move between seven sites that together mark the boundaries of Coranderrk at its largest, in 1866 when it was some 4,850 acres. Several sites are located within what is known today as Healesville. Others are outside the town.
If you are travelling by car, you can visit three sites within an hour: for example, sites 2, 4 and 5, or sites 1, 3 and 5. Over two hours you can visit sites 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Over a day you can potentially visit six of the sites (not all seven sites are publicly accessible). untitled (seven monuments) invites you to learn about Coranderrk’s extraordinary history, and to traverse Wurundjeri country. While on country take your time to enjoy the queep-queep (birds) and the animals, the views and the stories.
Each marker is an upturned flagpole and brick footing, with a plaque on each face, surrounded by Coranderrk (Christmas bush). When visiting the artwork please take some time to look after the monuments: clear any weeds, water the Coranderrk bush, and please report any damage to Yarra Ranges Council and TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Visit untitledsevenmonuments.com.au for an interactive map and further information.