This acrylic painting on canvas is inspired by the Tasmanian Aboriginal woman Mathinna as related in the novel “Wanting”, 2008, by Australian Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan.
Mathinna was born on Flinders Island (off the coast of north eastern Tasmania) to Wongerneep and Towgerer, a chief of the Lowreenne tribe. She was born sometime between July 1834 and June 1835 and named Mary. Mathinna’s parents were part of a social experiment which saw many Aboriginal tribes in Tasmania relocated to Flinders Island.
The name Mathinna was given to her at government house after Governor and lady Franklin ‘adopted’ her as one of their many educational and charitable projects.
Acrylic on canvas painting by Tasmanian artist Deborah Conroy.