Friday, 13 November 2020

Aboriginal Street Art in Melbourne (3) for NAIDOC Week

Our Aboriginal communities, like the rest of us, have had an odd year.  With corona virus preying upon vulnerable groups in the population, there was fear that if it got into the Aboriginal community who have a much worse health than their non-Aboriginal counterparts, would take it badly.  The community rallied and made sure the elderly and sick were protected.  Then in AFL football there was the bad news that the Aboriginal flag could not be used in the Indigenous round because the rights had recently passed to a company who seemed to value money over community.  There are moves to change this but nothing is happening quickly.  Lastly NAIDOC week which is a week of celebration by and for Aboriginal communities, was moved from its usual time of July to 8-15 November 2020.

 So today, to celebrate our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, I bring you some photos of street art I have taken (mainly) around Melbourne.  Above is an Aboriginal "Spoonville" resident.

VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) in Sackville Street, Collingwood.

A banner that was outside Coburg Library last year.

Paintings at CERES, Brunswick.

This stunning mural is on the side of Charcoal Lane (restaurant celebrating indigenous culture and training Indigenous youth).  You can read more about the mural here.

Details of the Charcoal Lane mural.  Handprints are a traditional way to say "we were here".

More details of the mural - I love the Aboriginal designs on the red flowers.

Hosier Lane in the CBD.

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) on Bell Street, Preston.

A moment in Aboriginal history on the VAHS building.

Above and Below: Artwork on the wall of Waurn Ponds Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ie the pool and gym).  Not quite Melbourne but worth sharing!

Love the blue - I think this artwork is meant to signify coming together in water!

There might be arguement on copyright of the Aboriginal flag but you wont stop it appearing all over town.  This hand crafted flag was seen by the Upfield Line.

Happy NAIDOC Week!

More posts on Aboriginal people on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Aboriginal flag cake for NAIDOC Week
Aboriignal Street Art in Melbourne (2) for NAIDOC Week

Choc almond slice and Koorioberee 
Porridgies, children's books, racism and recognition
Reconciliation damper, snags and dead horse
Street Art in Melbourne #6 Aboriginal art for Sorry Day
Walnut hedgehog and a museum visit (including Bunjillaka) 


  1. I didn't know that about the flag. That's awful to hear. I mean the flag is for everyone indigneous, not just people with monied interests.

  2. JOhanna, i always find these blog posts of your powerful. Any news impacting the Aboriginal community never makes it to British shores, i didn't know about he AFL football and the flag for example and i cannot quite fathom it ?! i always find your posts honest on what is happening at a community level and my heart warmed at the Aboriginal "Spoonville" resident because representation matters. Yes Covid -19 has been impacting disproportionately on racially minoritized communities.Thank you for sharing these, always appreciate seeing them.


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