Community Workshop

The HMAS Sydney Memorial Artists and Designers, Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith of Smith Sculptors visited Carnarvon from their studios in Gidgegannup to partake in the workshop organised by the Shire of Carnarvon, on 24th march 2018 with Community members and The lock Hospital Working Group to present and discuss their concepts and designs for The Lock Hospital Tragedy Memorial.

The Workshop was facilitated by Kathleen Musulin, Aboriginal Diversion Officer ( WA Country Health Service) and Deborah Wilkes, Executive Corporate Manager and Community Services Officer, Shire of Carnarvon and Danny Ford, Consultant and Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer from Perth.

Smith Sculptors designs and concepts:

The Bronze Sculpture: “Don’t look at the Islands’

The Lock Hospital Aboriginal Memorial Healing Space

The Path of Pain


were all well received with great enthusiasm and their were many discussions about the history of the tragedy and the importance of creating the Memorial to mark this significant episode in West Australian history.

The outcome of the workshop was a commitment to finding a way forward to build the Memorial for  the Centennial Commemoration of this tragedy on the 9th of January 2019.

Workshop photos