Mathinna

Mathinna Image Gallery: Adoption

  • Tasmania
  • Choreography, Costumes, Sets & Lighting, Highlights, Performance

Inspired by a young girl’s journey between two cultures, Mathinna traces the story of a young Aboriginal girl removed from her traditional home and adopted into western colonial society, only to be ultimately returned to the fragments of her original heritage.

The images within this gallery were captured by photographers Jeff Busby (Main Stage Season, 2008) and Greg Barrett (Regional Tour, Cairns, 2010).

Adoption

Mathinna was one of the Aboriginal people who were re-settled to Wybalenna, where she lived with her family. Shortly afterwards, Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin became aware of the young girl and decided to adopt her. Mathinna lived with the Franklins and their daughter Eleanor at Government House in Hobart. While their intentions and motivations to adopt Mathinna are essentially speculation, it is possible that the thinking of the day around a society based on social hierarchy and anthropological theories may have informed their actions.