The second stage of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Aboriginal Street Art Project has commenced and a second mural will be completed by 8 April.
Cam Scale is the man behind the mural; a well-renowned fine artist and mural painter in Australia.
The project aims to celebrate and recognise the local Aboriginal history and culture within the region and also aims to connect the future new SAM with the Shepparton CBD.
You can spot the second mural underway on the Eastbank wall, acknowledging local Aboriginal people who fought in war.
The mural will feature Private Daniel Cooper, a Yorta Yorta man who fought for Australia during World War I and died on a European battlefield in 1917.
He was just 21 years old and is buried in Belgium. Daniel Cooper was son of Yorta Yorta man Uncle William Cooper and Agnes Hamilton. Uncle William Cooper was recognised during stage one of the Aboriginal Street Art Project and is featured alongside Sir Douglas Nicholls on the GV Water wall.
Private Daniel Cooper is a local symbol and represents a story that is unknown by many Australians.
“The Shepparton RSL is delighted to be involved with this Project. Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders have served in every conflict that the Australian Defence Force have been involved in and deserve to be recognised.”
- President of Shepparton RSL Robert Wilkie
“This mural recognises the local Aboriginal people who courageously put their lives on the line to represent their country in war. Particularly at a time during the earlier wars when the Australian Government wasn’t allowing Aboriginal people to represent their country. Private Daniel Cooper is an example of such courage and he is a symbol that represents all local Yorta Yorta people who bravely defended their land.”
- Acting CEO Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation Damian Morgan Bulled
The wall will be lit in red during the month of April in remembrance and acknowledgement of all local Aboriginal people who served in wars.
Council will commence preparation for Stage 3 of the project that will engage Shepparton locals who are able to paint Aboriginal art murals.