Past Present Future

BOOMDubbo Adnate Pearl Gibbs

Past. Present. Future.

The child of today takes her place in the world because of the vision, passion and advocacy of Aboriginal women like Aunty Pearl Gibbs.

Created by Melbourne-based artist, Adnate, this landmark work pays tribute to a woman who first drew public attention in defence of other Aboriginal people in the 1920s. Pearl Gibbs only stepped away from her activist platform with her death in 1983. She knew and worked with almost every major Aboriginal activist in 20th-century Australia.

“Will my appeal for practical humanity be in vain?” – Pearl Gibbs (quote on the wall)

Gibbs was secretary of the Aborigine Progressive Association (1942), vice president and then secretary of the Dubbo branch of the Australian Aborigines League (1946) and organising secretary of the Council of Aboriginal Rights (1953). She was the first and only female member of the NSW Aborigines Welfare Board (1954-57). In 1956 she founded the Aboriginal Australian Fellowship. Subsequently, she established the first Aboriginal hostel in Dubbo for those requiring hospital treatment. A passionate and fluent public speaker, Gibbs fuelled debate on Aboriginal politics, focusing on women’s issues and full citizen rights.

Dubbo-based artists Dylan Goolagong and Nathan Peckham worked with Adnate on the background and design elements of the work.

Commissioned through a BOOMDubbo partnership with Dubbo Regional Council’s Ignite program. Thanks to the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party for their advice and research.


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Urban Trees


URBAN TREES were created by Cardigan Threads Collective as the meeting place sculptures for the ROAR Music Festival site in Dubbo on 9 April 2016.

The three sculptures have the distinctive design style of the artist who constructed them using alupanel on steel frames; a change from his usual medium of recycled cardboard.

Urban Trees were gifted to the Western Plains Cultural Centre following the ROAR Music Festival, where they can be now seen outside the Community Arts Centre.


Commissioned by ROAR Music Festival


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BOOMDubbo Container


IMG_6472THE BOOMDUBBO CONTAINER was created by El Studio as the site office for the ROAR Music Festival. The container is available for community use by contacting BOOMDubbo.

Two distinct designs were developed for the artwork: the selfie-taking astronaut and the luchador (Mexican wrestler).

The astronaut was inspired by my son’s love of space and stars…The luchador is homage to my Canadian in-laws who love Mexico too much.

El Timelapse BoomDubbo container from El Studio on Vimeo.

Commissioned by Roar Festival Incorporated


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199 Macquarie Street

199 Macquarie Street is a vacant lot in the main street of Dubbo. While it awaits development, the temporary fencing facade is being used as the framework for a series of digitally designed artworks printed on site mesh, by local and visiting artists. Some of these works have accompanying motion activated soundtracks that trigger as you walk along the street.

July-October 2016: Nathan Peckham


This indigenous design by Dubbo artist, Nathan Peckham is another of the digitally printed artworks commissioned through BOOMDubbo for temporary fencing at the first ROAR Music Festival in Dubbo on 9 April 2016. Nathan also produced unique designs for the speaker stacks on the festival stages. It was installed at 199 Macquarie Street in July 2016.

Read more about Nathan’s mural collaboration with Lewis Burns at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

See the other designs commissioned for ROAR Music Festival

April – June 2016: El Studio’s ROAR Tiger

GIF of ROAR Tiger by El Studio & Gavin Williamson

ROAR TIGER by El Studio is a design commissioned through BOOMDubbo for the first ROAR Music Festival held in Dubbo on 9 April 2016. It was shown at 199 Macquarie Street in the lead up to the festival.

I wanted it to be a intricate and bold multi-layer vector design but I wasn’t happy with how they were coming together. So, I decided to strip it back to look like a concept sketch, to see how roughly it could be put together and still look like a stylish animal.
The final image is created with 50+ layers of vector watercolour brushes on a Wacom Pad – these things are magic.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST, EL STUDIO. The gif also includes the work of Gavin Williamson, another of the artists involved in designs for ROAR Music Festival.

August 2015 – March 2016: Fishdog’s Farting Cockatoos

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Jack Randell, Farting Cockatoos, 2015, digitally printed site mesh with motion activated soundscape, next to the Milestone Hotel, Macquarie Street, Dubbo

FARTING COCKATOOS by Fishdog was the first digital mural designed for 199 Macquarie Street, which also included a motion activated soundscape. It is about reconciliation between environment and culture. The motifs are audacious, funny, common and accessible. However, the underlying theme is deeply serious – the accommodation of difference.

Commissioned by BPT


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Breaker Morant

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Ha Ha, Breaker Morant, 2015, stencil portrait, 213 Macquarie Street (behind the Tobacco Station/Network Video), Dubbo

BREAKER MORANT (1864 – 1902) by Ha Ha portrays one of the more colourful characters of the region’s history. Lieutenant Henry Harboard (Harry) Morant is perhaps better known for the manner of his death before a firing squad than what he did in life. Born in England, he spent some time in Australia reportedly breaking as many hearts as horses, often on the move from women and debt. In 1899 when the Boer War began, Morant was in Adelaide and he joined the 2nd Contingent, South Australian Mounted Rifles. He was executed by firing squad in 1902 after being charged with the execution of Boer prisoners. Morant spent some time in western NSW. There’s a memorial to Morant at Bogan Gate, NSW.

The Bruce Beresford directed movie about Morant was made in 1980.

Commissioned by BPT, this work is above Ben Hall behind the Tobacco Station/Network Video, 213 Macquarie Street.


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Wall of Sporting Greats (Bligh Street)

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Ha Ha, Wall of Sporting Greats, 2015, stencil mural of 11 portraits, on the Bligh Street wall of 1 Church Street, Dubbo

Commissioned by Walkom Bros., the WALL OF SPORTING GREATS by Ha Ha on the corner of 1 Church Street & Bligh Street celebrates a selection of 11 sporting greats of and from Dubbo and the region, across a range of eras and sports. This is not a comprehensive or conclusive list, with many more sporting greats from this region remaining for BOOMDubbo to nominate in future.

They include: Glenn McGrath (cricket), Ernie Toshack (cricket), Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (athletics), Andrew Ryan (rugby league), Don Parish (rugby league), Jon White (rugby union), Greg Ryan (racing), Phillip Dutton (equestrian), Megan Dunn (cycling), Brian Tink (boxing), Ian Drake (cricket/tennis). Watch the making of the portraits in our time-lapse video.

PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHIES (left to right on wall)

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Ian Drake (1939 – 1992), Dubbo: Considered Dubbo’s best and most consistent all-round sportsman, Drake not only captained local and regional representative cricket sides, but was thought of as a ‘fine’ squash, tennis and table tennis player.

Don Parish (1937 – ), Dubbo: The rugby league fullback toured with the 1959-60 Kangaroos, making his Test debut on the 1961 New Zealand tour. He played in Australia’s First Test loss to Great Britain the following year – his last international match. Parish had a long career playing and coaching with the West Magpies until 1976.

Andrew Ryan (1978 – ), Dubbo: The rugby league second-rower played in NSW, Country and Kangaroos sides several times throughout his career. Ryan played 286 first grade games – 219 with the Bulldogs (including being skipper) over nine years, retiring in 2011.

Megan Dunn (1991 – ), Dubbo: A dual gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, two years prior Dunn was named Australian Junior Female Cyclist of the Year.

Brian Tink (1958 – ), Dubbo: In 1975, Tink (as a flyweight) was the only Australian boxer to win both junior and senior Australian titles in the one year. He boxed in the 1976 Montreal Games, achieving a placing of 15/39 in the 54kg men’s event.

Phillip Dutton (1963 – ), Nyngan: Dutton is a dual Olympic gold medalist, as a member of the Australian three-day eventing team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and in 2000 in Sydney. He represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Championships.

Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (1971 – ), Narromine: Gainsford-Taylor was ranked No. 1 in the world at age 14 for the 100m. She represented Australia at three Olympic Games, including Sydney in 2000, where she was voted the female Captain of the team.

Glenn McGrath AM (1970 – ), Narromine: Cricketer, McGrath has taken more wickets than any other Australian fast bowler in One Day Internationals. He’s also recognised for his work with the McGrath Foundation of which he is president.

Ernie Toshack (1914 – 2003), Cobar: Toshack played cricket for Australia and NSW – and was known for being a bit of a larrikin. He was a member of the team led by Sir Donald Bradman (Bradman’s Invincibles) that toured England without defeat in 1948.

Greg Ryan (1965 – ), Dubbo: Professional jockey, Ryan equaled an Australian riding milestone in 2015 (achieved by just two other jockeys), tallying 3,322 winning rides to draw level with the mark established by the late Jack Thompson.

Jon White (1935 – ) Yeoval/Wellington: Considered one of the best rugby union props ever produced by Australia, White debuted in 1958 and retired in 1965 and has 24 test rugby caps to his name.

Commissioned by Walkom Bros, this work is on Bligh Street, on the corner of 1 Church Street.


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Other works

Roar Music Festival, multiple works

El Studio, temporary fencing design, Roar Music Festival, 9 April 2016

Check out the Roar Music Festival Artists page for information on the works BOOMDubbo commissioned for the first Roar Music Festival on 9 April 2016. Some of these works can be seen on rotation at 199 Macquarie Street.

Nick Adams, Big Blue, sculpture

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Nick Adams, Big Blue, sculpture, Macquarie Regional Library, Dubbo


A two-part, larger than life draught horse standing in feeding position, covered in bright blue hay string, Big Blue was completed in the autumn of 2015, by Tasmanian artist, Nick Adams. It was installed in the foyer of Macquarie Regional Library, Dubbo over the following winter and spring. Big Blue has been a talking point during its stay in the city. In his artist statement about the work, Adams wrote: I drew inspiration from my passion and love for Biodiversity, the Outback and Public Art, exploring the sculptural possibilities working with materials associated with agricultural and rural Australia.

Fishdog Jack Randell, Apollo House, mural

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Fishdog Jack Randell, Apollo House, 2009, 11 Collins Avenue, Dubbo East

David Peachey and Aunty Pat Doolan feature with other local heroes on Apollo House Community Centre in East Dubbo. This project was completed after consultation about who best represented their neighbourhood. Aunty Pat Doolan has family up the road and David Peachey grew up across the street.

BOOMDubbo Fishdog Jack Randell Apollo House

For more public art around Dubbo go to the Dubbo Public Art website

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Sir Sidney Kidman

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Poncho Army, Sir Sidney Kidman, 2015, spray painted mural, behind 165 Brisbane Street, Dubbo

SIR SIDNEY KIDMAN (1857 – 1935) by Poncho Army pays tribute to a man known as ‘The Cattle King’, owner/co-owner of the largest areas of land in Australia, including property around Broken Hill and Tibooburra in far western NSW. S.Kidman & Co is still Australia’s largest cattle producers (at the time of publishing this information the company properties are for sale).

Commissioned by BPT, this work is located behind Macquarie Credit Union, 165 Brisbane Street.

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Sir Henry (Kater’s Ram)

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Poncho Army, Sir Henry (Kater’s Ram), 2015, spray painted mural, 165-167 Brisbane Street Dubbo

SIR HENRY (KATER’S RAM) by Poncho Army is a tribute to pastoralist, Sir Henry Kater (1841 – 1924), who established the Egelabra Merino Stud at Warren in 1906. The stud is still owned by the Kater family. It’s fitting to recognise the role that agriculture has had in making this part of regional Australia what it is today.

Commissioned by BPT, this work is between Boyce Chartered Accountants and Macquarie Credit Union, 165 Brisbane Street.

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Ben Hall

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Poncho Army, Ben Hall, 2015, spray painted mural, 213 Macquarie Street (behind the Tobacco Station/Network Video), Dubbo

BEN HALL by Poncho Army has an uncanny resemblance to Aussie actor, Heath Ledger. Hall was a grazier on property about 50km south of Forbes prior to becoming a bushranger. He was associated with some daring raids across an area from Bathurst to Forbes, Goulburn to Gundagai. He was fatally shot by police in 1865, four days short of his 28th birthday at Goobang Creek (the Newell Highway crosses Goobang Creek at Parkes). Hall is buried at Forbes.

Watch Poncho Army at work and Ben Hall the mural in the making, courtesy of Bushtelly Productions. Music by The Watt Riot (thanks to Trina Collins).

Commissioned by BTP, this work is located behind Network Video/Tobacco Station, 213 Macquarie Street.

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Colleen’s Thorn Bird

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Poncho Army, Colleen’s Thorn Bird, 2015, spray painted mural, The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, Dubbo

COLLEEN’S THORN BIRD by Poncho Army is a tribute to Wellington-born Colleen McCullough (1937 – 2015) and the book that brought her literary fame – The Thorn Birds (1977). It changed the former neuroscientist’s life forever, giving up her medical research work to write. The Thorn Birds became a mini-series in the 1980s and the second highest rated miniseries of all time in the US (after Roots).

Commissioned by The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and BPT, this work is located at The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, 15 Bultje Street.

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Kate Leigh

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Poncho Army, Kate Leigh, 2015, spray painted mural, on the wall between The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and the Milestone Hotel, Dubbo

KATE LEIGH by Poncho Army is designed around one of her mug shots. Born in Dubbo in 1881, Leigh had a neglected childhood that saw her in a girls’ home at the age of 12. She was notorious in Sydney during the period of the 1920 razor gang wars, going on to become one of Sydney’s wealthiest women during the 1930s and 40s before dying in poverty in 1964 at the age of 83.

Commissioned by The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and BPT, this work is located at The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, 15 Bultje Street.

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