Thursday 19 January 2017

Two Significant Indigenous Men To Be Remembered In Market Ceremony

On 20 January 1842, 175 years ago tomorrow, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip, the colony to become known as Melbourne.

Following their execution, the bodies of the two Indigenous men were transported down Franklin Street and buried in the Old Melbourne Cemetery, upon which the Market now stands, in the newly created Aboriginal burial section (approximately located between E & F sheds near Queen Street).

A commemoration has been planned by the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee which includes a memorial ceremony at the T&M monument (installed on the corner of Franklin and Victoria Sts in 2016) at 12pm on Friday 20th January followed by a walk to QVM to lay flowers at the burial site at approximately 1pm.