The goal for this work is to narrate a story about the assumed past and future of the site and build a public work proposal.
Colonisation took over Aboriginal land of Neerim (now Fitzroy North in Victoria), to accommodate the new workforce of Australia.
Now Imperial houses are being abandoned and replaced with more “modern” and globalised buildings, Australia is colonising its own history all over again.
Analysis of derives
This project is inspired by walks taken during Melbourne Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020.
Sunny day with clouds
The clouds are forming shapes
Shapes and shade
Texture and cracks
Words and signs
Following my path
Being in the present
And nostalgia in my eyes
Once regal and admired
Now on my way
To be condamned.
Situated in Fitzroy North, the house is heritage listed and that it was bought and remained unoccupied for 40 years. The only way to demolish a heritage-listed property is to get it condemned. The electricity is on and one of the windows is open. Probably squatters are occupying the house.
The house is of local historical and architectural significance. It is an interesting example of a large Italianate house, with unusual detailing, including the tower, and the balustraded balcony above the polygonal bay window.
The house also derives significance from its associations with Joseph Gamble, founder of the Excelsior Steam Crushing and Pavement Works, and later with the Austral/ Moonee Valley Glass Bottle Works, established in early 1897 by John Donne. This was his house.
In July 1980 this home was sold for AUD$84,900. Its block size is 512 square metres.
The final work is a temporary performance in front of the physical site, showing the photos changing in front of the camera. It could be projected on a glass screen in front of the house, glass reminding of the house was once built as a residency for the manager of the, at the time, adjacent glass bottle industry. The goal is to engage people in the history of the site and reflect on our disappearing cultural heritage.