I am very pleased to announce that I have been gifted with the opportunity to stay as Artist In Residence (AIR) at Hazlehurst Regional Gallery in April this year.
Below is a list of sites that I intend to visit and trace my familial histories and connect with an important aspect of our collective colonial and convict history.
This AIR, within the suburbs of Sydney will enable me an intense focused time to further develop, extend my research of my family history, document places that they lived where relevant and visit sites of historic and Australian significance related to their stories.
During this trip I will be walking in the footprint of my first fleet ancestors Fredrick Meredith and Sarah Mason. Meredith travelled on several ships as a free man and was connected with the Scarborough, Bellona and the Sirius. His wife Sarah Mason was transported on the Bellona after being caught in the possession of stolen goods.
It will be a very busy two weeks and site visits will include:
- Liverpool Museum
- Liverpool Library
- Garden Island and the Sirius Anchor
- State Library
- Rouse Hill
- Bankstown Library
- Salt Pan Creek walks- Panania to Punchbowl.
In April 2017, whilst in Sydney I will spend time at Hazlehurst Regional Art Galleries cottage researching the lives of one tangent of my familial bloodlines.
As a descendent of Fredrick Meredith and Sarah Mason I will be intrinsically researching their lives in the early years of Australian History. Meredith worked on the ships of the first fleet and Mason was a convict woman who travelled to Sydney on the Bellona.
For this residency I will be incorporating multiple Sydney site visits including the documenting Meredith graffiti carved into the rocks on Garden Island, his and Sarah’s resting places in the Liverpool area and the Salt Pan Creek near Bankstown. I will also be visiting local libraries, the Sirius Anchor from the first fleet ship in central Sydney and State Archives.
have been reading up on their lives at a distance and have realised that Meredith was granted land in the Bankstown area and ended up working with the police force there….He may have been responsible for or involved in an indigenous Massacre at Salt Pan Creek. It is certainly well documented that he was speared in the ear by Tedbury, the son of Pemulwuy- the indigenous freedom fighter.
Having worked with and in indigenous communities both in the central west of NSW and the Hunter Regions as a teacher… I would like to redress research and document the histories through the creation of visual material. Whilst “In residence” near Salt Pan Creek I will be enabled to visit sites, photograph and document some of this history without multiple trips to Sydney from the Hunter area.