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About the artwork:

The Black Line


Exhibited: The Midlands: Whimsy and Pathos by Mandy Hunniford, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston 2019

The Black Line was a notorious military operation against the Palawa people, organised by Lt. Gov. George Arthur in 1830.  The aim of the Black Line was to clear the settled lands of all aboriginal inhabitants by driving away not only the surviving remnants of the Oyster Bay and Big River tribes but also by disrupting social cohesion among the North Midland and Ben Lomond tribes.

The spectacle of an ancient people hunted down like vermin on what had been their hunting grounds for tens of thousands of years by settlers who had only recently stepped off their ships, certainly was not one of the Empire’s proudest moments.

This work is an acknowledgement of the Palawa who have survived  invasion and dispossession and continue to maintain their true identity and culture.

About The Almond Garden collection:

Presenting Tasmanian history in a way that is distinctive in its historical/contemporary narrative, this collection explores several historical events and individuals connected to Campbell Town and the surrounding Midlands area.

Copyright Mandy Hunniford 2022

The Black Line – Original

Description: Oil on linen

Size: 87cm x 122cm

Purchase: Original available