No offense to Mark Egan, who I’m sure has fulfilled …

Comment on Stuart is holding the wrong rifle by Dan.

No offense to Mark Egan, who I’m sure has fulfilled the freemasons’ brief admirably. However, the council accepting this statue is a shame job.
Stuart didn’t discover anything, he didn’t open up Central Australia, he wasn’t a noble hero setting off across trackless wastes, exploring unknown lands. He probably did have a gun though.
The whole classical style, the stance, the plinth, the cultural background of this monument come from a time when the concept of Terra Nullius was acceptable.
People were already living here, their descendants still do, they knew every gap and gully, all the waterholes. They had their borders and trading routes.
Stuart didn’t discover anything, didn’t explore anywhere that wasn’t already well known. He did carry a gun though, and I guess that was useful in discussions about the concept of terra nullius with the local people.
This sculpture seems to be celebrating a concept that is so outdated it belongs in the century before last.
It’s a shame job for the council to accept this anachronism without also demonstrating that we have progressed beyond this outdated view, without perhaps commissioning a companion artwork that would represent a broader view of history.
A view that made sense to more of the longer term residents of Alice Springs and Central Australia.

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