Students pitch in to honour Indigenous soldiers

Simon Normand and St Pius X students work on the mural (Melbourne Catholic)

A mosaic mural dedicated to Indigenous Australians who fought in war is being created with help from a Catholic primary school in Melbourne. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

St Pius X Primary School in Heidelberg West's school principal Barbara Gomez and parish priest Fr Wayne Edwards are working in a collaboration with local artist Simon Normand to create a five-metre-high tribute to the role Indigenous Australians have played in Australia’s wars.

The mural, along with two other murals depicting the role of nurses in WWI and WWII, will be unveiled on Remembrance Day in November, and will take pride of place at the entrance of Heidelberg’s Repatriation Hospital.

Assisting Mr Normand are the children of St Pius X Primary, including two students who are direct descendants of the two soldiers depicted in the mural. Tiana Matthews is the direct descendant of Chris Saunders, whose likeness is the primary image on the mural, while Jonah Cadd is the great-great-grandson of the other Indigenous soldier being rendered in tiles at St Pius X, Frederick Lovett.

Mr Normand has been the artist-in-residence at the Austin Hospital for over 20 years. He has a long history of working with Indigenous groups in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory and Victoria.

His most recent exhibition was at Parliament House in Darwin in 2017 about explorer Ludwig Leichhardt and his 1844 journey around the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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In Remembrance: School mural creates lasting legacy to Indigenous soldiers (Melbourne Catholic

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