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Mural by Lewis Burns
Mural by Lewis Burns complex story of Tubba-gah County over time.


Collaborating Artist Lewis Burns has this to say about the mural:

‘When I began this painting I had a good idea of what was going to be represented on it due to the specifications by the local Elders. They made the job easier by telling us what had to be represented, and telling us the limitations, which were few.

The colours I used are darker or earth tones, with these colours I wanted to represent Rock Art, the Earth as well as the Universe.

I wanted to give the Mural a | past | present | future | look, and generate that feeling in the viewer.

The waving lines in the background represent the winds of change and how our traditional tribal ways and beliefs are being acknowledged and respected.

The dancers represent the many ceremonies that took place near and far.

The Southern Cross is represented due to significance of the Emu In The Sky, the constellation is where the Emu head is situated.

The rivers and waterholes represent the Wambool (Macquarie River) and the creeks that feed into it in this area especially the Talbragar River.The junction of the Talbragar and Macquarie rivers marks the northern end of the Talbragar Aboriginal Reserve. This is where I lived as a child with my parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

The kangaroo Bundar and Goanna Girraaw or Googar represents some of the top food resources in the Wiradjuri Tribal Area, common food sources across Australia.

The hands in the background represent our ancestors who are with us in spirit for many of our cultural gathering and ceremonies.

Footprints through the painting represent journey from the past to present and into the future as well as the paths that were travelled for the purpose of trading commodities such as ochre and implements.

The Koala was added as a last minute thought and represents the connection between this mural and the original Mural which told the story of the first Koala and how it came to be.

I wanted to paint him slightly see-through because he represents the Spirit of the story that hung in the same spot for almost 13 years.

The Possum was added as a representative of the totem of a local skin group and a common food source for others.

The campfire symbol, including the symbol for the sitting people, represents my ancestors as well as all the people that have been welcomed in to our tribal area.

I was happy to be involved in the project due to the fact that I was commissioned to do the original Mural in 1998 that this one replaced,

Nathan was at the time employed by me and had an opportunity to assist in the painting of the first Mural. The collaboration of the design with Nathan was exciting to me because he had began to develop his own unique style since we last worked together and I was curious as to how the 2 different styles blended in the centre.”

- Lewis Burns, 2010