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Remembering Mathinna@Allport Library and Museum

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'Remembering Mathinna" - Speaker Chris Cheater

In 1879 Sydney hosted an Intercolonial Exhibition featuring displays of curios, manufactured goods, craft items and paintings from colonial states around the globe. According to the Sydney Morning Herald the items that attracted the attention of visitors to the Tasmanian Court were portraits of the ‘last male and female Tasmanian aborigines’ and ‘a three-quarters length portrait of Mathinna, the aboriginal girl who Lady Franklin adopted as a protégé, and who, after passing through many trials after her benefactress left the colony, put an end to her troubles and her life by drowning herself in the River Derwent.’

The tragic story of Mathinna’s short life (1835-1856) as outlined in the Sydney Morning Herald coupled with Thomas Bock engaging painting of a young girl in a red dress has since been told and retold in many forms. As well as having at town named after her Mathinna’s story has featured in poems, newspaper articles and history books. Her life has inspired two ballets titled Mathinna, the first performed by the Melbourne Ballet Company in 1957, the second by Aboriginal Dance Company, Bangarra, in 2007; Nan Chauncey’s children’s history Mathinna’s People published in 1967; Richard Flanagan’s novel Wanting published in 2008; and a symphony titled Mathinna in the Red Dress commissioned as a special feature for ‘Ten Days on the Island’ in 2010. This talk discusses the various ways Mathinna has been remembered in these stories and what they reveal about their creators and the sensibilities of their audiences.

This talk forms part of Professional Historians of Australia (Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office program of public lectures held in the Allport Library, Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

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