Andrew Hazewinkel: What The Sea Never Told
Saturday 5 May - Sunday 8 July
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An MPRG exhibition
On 21 May 1892 a disaster unfolded on the waters of Port Phillip Bay that shaped the early social history of Mornington. The event, which occurred in an unspecified location somewhere between Mordialloc and Mornington, is still considered one of the worst sailing disasters in Victoria’s history and it remains the greatest tragedy in Australia’s footballing history.
In the founding years of the township, 15 young men from the Mornington Football Club drowned whilst returning by sea from a game against the Mordialloc Bloods. The boat in which they were travelling - a fishing yawl named Process - never made it back to the Mornington Pier, only four bodies were ever recovered.
The death of these young men - sons, brothers, mates, boyfriends, husbands, lovers and fathers - had a devastating social and economic impact on the fledgling community. The event sent shock waves around the nation triggering a response wherein local football and other sporting clubs - as far flung as Broken Hill - played benefit matches while brass bands performed impromptu concerts on bayside beaches raising funds to support the people of Mornington, specifically those placed most at risk through the loss of the men in their lives.
Artist Andrew Hazewinkel grew up in Mornington and has known the story since boyhood. For a number of years he has been researching little known aspects of the tragedy and what happened immediately following it. His exhibition What The Sea Never Told presents a series of new artworks including an epic moving image work that takes the 1892 disaster as its starting point. As he describes it ‘the exhibition is a deeply personal meditation on the loss of the young men’s lives and more broadly the complex, nuanced relationships between the sea and the communities whose lives are woven into it.’
Hazewinkel’s project was developed while on residency at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Police Point Artist in Residency during 2016, 2017 and 2018. This project is supported through an Artist or Curator Residency grant facilitated by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.
Andrew Hazewinkel, What The Sea Never Told 2018, Video still, Courtesy of the artist