Surfacing histories: Memorials and public art in Perth

While walking through the Esplanade Park in the port city of Fremantle in the late 1990s, I saw something on a monument that I had not noticed before. Surrounded by towering Norfolk Island Pines is a carved granite monument to the explorer, politician and pastoralist Maitland Brown (17 July 1843 – 8 July 1905). Stained by bore water, the six-metre-high monument principally commemorates Brown’s command of a search party for the explorers Frederick Panter, James Harding and William Goldwyer who are memorialised in the same monument with smaller bas-relief sculptures.

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