Project. Smithton High School students are documenting the life of Tunnerminnerwait through a creative collaboration with Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation and Big hART.
The Tunnerminnerwait project commenced at the school last year, when the Extended English History class researched the life of the Aboriginal man, who was the first person to be publicly executed in Melbourne on January 20, 1842.
The project extends to Green Point, Marrawah where signs have been erected detailing his life.
Tunnerminnerwait was born on Robbins Island in 1811 at a time when two cultures confronted each other. An important historical figure who lived a tumultuous life, his story shows the adaptation and resistance Aboriginal people displayed upon arrival of the Van Diemen’s Land Company in the 1820s.
The continuation of the project this year has led to the Extended English History class producing a documentary which will detail the learning process students have undertaken during this research. To create the finished piece, students were involved in an intensive two week process of learning how to use cameras and sound equipment as well as how to storyboard and use effective dialogue. This was guided by arts and social justice company, Big hART.
The first screening will be held on Thursday November 23 at the Smithton High School mini theatre from 5.30pm. A second screening will be on the next day, following the official opening of the school’s recent redevelopment. For more information phone 6452 9222.