One of the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society's biggest feats during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21 was the installation of the giant Dorothea Mackellar mural in Barber St, Gunnedah.
This objective became a possibility when Gunnedah Shire Council took the initiative and created a resilience fund utilizing funding received from the State and Federal governments as well as their own funds.
The DMMS immediately undertook the necessary planning, including the sourcing of potential artists, identifying a silo on which to create the work, costing of all facets of work, and the formulation of a concept for the image.
After consultation with the preferred artist, Heesco Khosnaran, it was determined that the image would contain a portrait of Dorothea as a young woman photographed when performing in a play at age 30, together with one iconic verse of her poem “My Country” at the top of the image with scenes of harvesting at the turn of the century (i.e. 20th) at the bottom of the image.
Despite weather issues and travel restirctions, the finished product has been universally received by locals and visitors alike with many visitors making a special trip or stopover in Gunnedah in order to see the Mural.
The Mural features on the Australian Street Art Awards site and gains very positive commentary.
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Images courtesy of Marg Carr, Gunnedah.