Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemorations

Date: 20/01/2018

Commemorative ceremonies in honour of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner will be held in Melbourne and Wonthaggi on Saturday 20th January on the anniversary of their execution.

In 1842 two indigenous freedom fighters, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, were the first men executed in Victoria. Since 2004 the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee has worked towards the building of a monument in Melbourne to mark this pivotal event.

The Melbourne City Council had the foresight and courage to support this project and funded the building of a monument at the execution site, at the corner of Victoria St and Franklin St, opposite the Old Melbourne Gaol, in September 2016. This is the first monument to the Frontier Wars that has been built in a major city in this country.

Reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is based on the recognition tens of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children died as a result of the colonisation of this land. On the 20th January, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Freedom Fighters Day, the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee holds a public ceremony to honour the indigenous men, women and children who, during the colonisation process, were killed for protecting their lands, their families, their culture and a way of life they had practised for over 40,000 years.

Melbourne's Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration will be held at:

The Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner monument - corner of Victoria St and Franklin St, Melbourne

Midday, Saturday 20th January 2018 


On 20th JANUARY 2018 - The 176th Anniversary of their death by hanging in Melbourne on 20th January 1842

At ARTSPACE Wonthaggi, in the garden, McKenzie St, Wonthaggi


Gathering: 11am to Acknowledge Country


A Dramatic Reading of the men’s story by Mary Mutsaers and Gill Di Stefano

Followed by our response and one minute’s silence

Song: Footprints (adapted from David Pargeter)

Bring: a chair for comfort


Drinks and Lunch at Wonthaggi Hotel (Whalebone)

2 McBride Ave., Wonthaggi