Set­tler his­tory ba­sis of work

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­off Vivian

A mem­ber of the Crid­dle fam­ily based in Mel­bourne is plan­ning a se­ries of creative works and a per­for­mance in­spired by Ger­ald­ton and Gree­nough his­tory.

“I am look­ing at fam­ily and an­ces­try as a sub­ject,” Ge­orgina Crid­dle said.

Ms Crid­dle, who grew up in Perth, has just con­cluded a 10-day visit where she was based at the for­mer Ma­ley Cot­tage which is now the Gree­nough Mu­seum.

She said her great-great aunt Mary Crid­dle was be­lieved to have been the Ma­ley fam­ily’s maid be­fore she died at the age of 21.

The for­mer maid’s room is now the guest room where Ms Crid­dle slept dur­ing her visit.

She said her fam­ily were among WA’s ear­li­est set­tlers, as her an­ces­tor Wil­liam Crid­dle came to the Swan River Colony in 1829 as an in­den­tured ser­vant.

Af­ter a year had passed he was freed from his in­den­ture when his mas­ter aban­doned a pas­toral project.

“I’m in­ter­ested in sto­ries that have been passed down and also ob­jects and pho­tos and any­thing that peo­ple want to share about that time,” Ms Crid­dle said.

“I am not mak­ing a mu­seum dis­play.

“I will be mak­ing a per­for­mance, text-based work and sculp­tures in re­sponse to the ma­te­rial I find about the fam­ily.

“I am also in­ter­ested in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the set­tlers and the Ya­maji com­mu­nity.”

Ms Crid­dle is keen to hear from any­one who has sto­ries about her fam­ily, doc­u­ments or arte­facts.

She can be con­tacted at ge­orgina.crid­[email protected]

Pic­ture: Ge­off Vivian

Ge­orgina Crid­dle be­lieves her fam­ily were among WA’s ear­li­est set­tlers, as her an­ces­tor Wil­liam Crid­dle came to the Swan River Colony in 1829 as an in­den­tured ser­vant.

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