Aunty Marlene Gilson – M.A.D.E Digital Stories



Client: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Produced: 2014

Length: 4.19 minutes

Aunty Marlene Gilson A Queen Mary of Ballarat Aunty Marlene in the Art Gallery of Ballarat AM_2

Aunty Marlene Gilson is a Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder living on country in Gordon, near Ballarat. A visual artist who discovered painting later in life, Aunty Marlene’s paintings explore Aboriginal myth and stories of the goldfields. Her work is marked by a naive style which references her Indigenous and European ancestry. She is a descendent of King Billy, an Indigenous tribal leader of the Ballarat region at the time of the Eureka Stockade, and his wife Queen Mary. In this short film Aunty Marlene describes the stories she depicts in her paintings ‘Mount Warrenheip and Eureka Stockade’ (2013) and ‘Life on the Goldfields’ (2014). She talks of life for her ancestor King Billy, the wearing of breast plates, Indigenous women’s skills of basket weaving and textiles, and she speculates on what Indigenous people must have felt at the time of Eureka.

Wind & Sky Productions produced four short digital stories for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka as part of the commemoration of the 160th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. The films are on permanent display in the Museum touchtable exhibition.


On permanent display, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.

21 November 2015, Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF)


Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written and researched by:
Lucinda Horrocks
Aunty Marlene Gilson
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Lucinda Horrocks
‘Mount Warrenheip and Eureka Stockade’ © Marlene Gilson, 2013, ‘Life on the Goldfields’ © Marlene Gilson, 2014.
Archival images courtesy of:
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat Historical Society, Old Colonists Club, Ballarat, The Gold Museum, Ballarat, State Library of Victoria.
With thanks to:
Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Peter Freund, Clare Gervasoni, Barry Gilson, Deanne Gilson, Gordon Morrison, David Miller, Claire Muir, Janice Newton, Roger Trudgeon, the Old Colonists Club Ballarat, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Commissioned by:
Jane Smith, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
Funded by:
Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
We give thanks to the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land where the Eureka Stockade took place, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.
Copyright with:
© M.A.D.E. Ballarat 2014. All rights reserved.



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