Pinjarra Massacre Memorial: Touring Exhibition
Pinjarra Massacre Memorial: Touring Exhibition


Opening night

8 May 2015

On show

9 May to 7 June 2015

Gallery hours

11am – 5pm

Thursday – Monday

Pinjarra Massacre Memorial

The Pinjarra Massacre Memorial exhibition shows how the arts can break boundaries and a small town’s history can reach a large audience. This project has come about as Nyungar people have no outlet to share this story.

Through research over many years, extensive information has been accumulated about the massacre of the Bindjareb Nyungars at the hands of a group led by Governor James Stirling in October 1834 in the small WA town of Pinjarra. 

This exhibition invited artists to visually interpret the event or Nyungar life before or after. Research has uncovered 21 victims by name and each artist adopted one or more of these names, giving each of the 21 artworks special significance. The artwork that each artist has produced stands as a monument to honour that person.

The high calibre of artists involved in this exhibition makes it significant on a national level. The Indigenous artists include Athol Farmer, Gloria Kearing, Tjyllyungoo Lance Chadd, Julie Dowling, Rob Ewing, Graham ‘Swag’ Taylor, Sharyn Egan, Richard Walley, Sandra Hill, Primus Ugle, Laurel Nannup, Ben Pushman, Barry Bellotti, Norma MacDonald, Sally Morgan, Shane Pickett, Troy Bennell and Jody Broun.

Pinjarra Massacre Memorial is an exhibition of artwork coordinated by Karrie-Anne Kearing and Mark Salmon.


Pinjarra Massacre Memorial Project is proudly presented by Pinjarra Katijin.

The exhibition is supported by Australia Council through the Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander Arts Board and Community Partnerships.

The tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE.

ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.