Southern Crossing Statue
Public Art : Southern Crossing statue
Sculptor : © Tony Jones and Ben Jones
Date Unveiled: April 2002
Description : The Southern Crossing
sculpture is in three parts and includes a gangway, a life size bronze statue of a man clutching a suitcase in one
hand and a model of a ship in the other, and a lif size bronze statue of a dingo. Each represents a sense of
journey, adventure, fear and caution which surely every man, woman and child who disembarked from the ships in
Fremantle to make a new life in Australia would have felt.
Location : The Southern Crossing sculpture can be
found on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, Western Australia
about elements of the life stories that make up the history of Victoria Quay. The site is the oldest
part of the Port of Fremantle and has been the gateway for new lives for thousands of Australians.
Important themes of this work include a sense of heartfelt relief, determination, anxiety, sorrow and
The gangway reflects that moment of connection between sea and land, while the figure carries memory
and the story of the journey. The dingo set further apart seems divided between welcome and
The realisation of this artwork has been made possible through the goodwill and generous financial
contributors of the Fremantle Port Authority, the City of Fremantle, Mediterranean Shipping Company,
This project has also been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its
arts funding and advisory body, and the State of Western Australia has made an investment in this
project through Arts WA in association with the Lotteries Commission.
Artists Tony Jones and Ben Jones (April 2002)