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02-November-2014
02-November-2014

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The monument commemorates Mathinna (1835- 1852), an Aboriginal girl after whom the town was named. 

Mathinna (1835–1852) was an indigenous Australian  girl, who was adopted and befriended by Lady Franklin, the wife of Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin. 

Mathinna was born as Mary on Flinders Island, Tasmania to the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, Towgerer, and his wife Wongerneep but the tribe was captured by Robinson, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, in 1833. Mary was renamed Mathinna when she was about six years old and adopted by Governor Sir John Franklin, an Arctic explorer, and his wife, Lady Jane Franklin; Mathinna was raised with Sir John's daughter Eleanor. When Sir John Franklin was recalled to England, they left Mathinna at Queen’s Orphan School in Hobart in 1843. Only eight years old, she found it difficult to adjust to her new surroundings. She was sent back to Flinders Island in 1844, at the age of nine, and then sent back to Queen's Orphan School. In 1851, when she was about 16, she returned to the aboriginal settlement at Oyster Cove, west of Hobart. Mathinna drowned in 1852.  

Location

Address:Dunn & High Streets, Mathinna, 7214
State:TAs
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.478684
Long: 147.888214
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Approx. Event Start Date:1837
Approx. Event End Date:1843

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 23rd February, 1963
Front Inscription

MATHINNA
ABORIGINAL GIRL
BEFRIENDED BY
LADY FRANKLIN
AFTER WHOM
THIS TOWN WAS NAMED

Plaque :

This Plaque Was Unveiled By
THE WARDEN CR G. H. NAPIER 
On 23rd Feb. 1963
At A Centenary Commemoration Of Mathinna
Who As A Girl Was Educated By
LADY FRANKLIN, WIFE OF GOVERNOR FRANKLIN
1837 - 1843
On Their Return To England Mathinna Returned To Her Tribe

Source: MA
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