Mandurah’s cultural hub now home to Yaburgurt’s story

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A public artwork commemorating the life and times of significant Aboriginal leader Yaburgurt(George Winjan) has been installed in Mandjar Square.

The extraordinary artwork has been created to bring to life and commemorate the character of Yaburgurt and his people representing themes of societal changes, understanding and reconciliation.

The artwork overlooks the waterway in Mandjar Square and consists of a spherical shape with tall glass panels that represent the six Noongar seasons as well as highlighting Mandurah’s Aboriginal ancient and contemporary aspects of life and culture.

The City of Mandurah was originally approached by the Aboriginal community and the Koolbardie Talking Group to work with them to create an artwork to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his passing.

Noongar artist Peter Farmer and Little Rhino Designs created the vibrant, interactive artwork in Mandurah’s cultural hub and said the artwork’s sphere represents the earth, reminding communities that they are part of a global community.

Throughout this community driven art project opportunities were provided to the Aboriginal and wider community to provide input into aspects of the design and fabrication of the work.

Mayor Vergone said it is important to share the local history with the community and encouraged residents and visitors alike to connect with Mandurah’s diverse history and heritage.

“Yaburgurt is a very significant project for our community – the project helps people to learn about, experience and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of local Aboriginal people,” she said.

This significant three-year project is part of the City of Mandurah’s Reconciliation Action Plan and the Arts, Heritage and Culture Strategy, both of which seek to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures based on mutual respect and understanding.

An official launch of the artwork will be held soon.

The Yaburgurt project has been made possible by a significant grant from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Peel Regional Grants Scheme, administered by the Peel Development Commission.