Mokare Statue

Mokare Statue, public art, Albany, Western Australia

Public Art : Mokare Statue

Sculptor : © Terry Humble

Description : A bronze statue of Mokare in loin cloth holding a spear.

Date Unveiled: Mokare was unveiled on the 18th April, 1997.

Location: York Street, Albany, Western Australia.

Inscription :

Mokare "Man Of Peace"
1826
In the recognition of the role Mokare played in the
peaceful co-existence between Noongar people
and the first European settlers.
A reconciliation project jointly funded by the
Aboriginal Affairs Department and the town of Albany.
This plaque was unveiled by Noongar elder
Mrs Margaret Williams and her Her Worship
Mayor Mrs Annette Knight AM,JP.
on the 18th April 1997
Tiles produced by the children of the Great
Southern Region.

Sculptor Terry Humble.

Who was Mokare? : Mokare (c. 1800 - 1831) was a Noongar Aboriginal from the Albany region who befriended the Europeans who had begun to settle in the area around 1827. Often referred to as Jack, Mokare was a peacemaker and well respected mediator between the black and white communities. He also became a guide to explorers such as Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson. Sadly he died way too young and was buried with his buka cloak at a site selected by his brother. When his good friend Dr Alexander Collie died a few years later from tuberculosis  he requested to buried next to Mokare.

Mokare statue, Albany, Western Australia , public art

Mokare statue, Albany, Western Australia , public art

Mokare statue, Albany, Western Australia , public art

 

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