Mountains, Mud and Migrants

In 2008, members of the West Moonah Community Precinct began to explore the possibility of a history project. They approached the Arts & Cultural Development Unit of Glenorchy City Council who offered their support in the development of an exhibition at the Moonah Arts Centre in 2009. A working group with representatives from the Precinct, local schools, the Glenorchy Historical Society, Glenorchy City Council staff and others was formed. The group decided to focus in particular on the history of the West Moonah area from the time of the ‘Springfield Estate’ development proposal in 1917.

Three artists worked with schools and community to generate material, create artworks and research and interview older members of the community. The artists were writer/historian Bernard Lloyd, visual artist Caroline Amos and photographer Louise Conboy.

What resulted – Mountains, Mud and Migrants: A History of West Moonah – was a celebration of place, an exhibition of photography, sound, artwork, local history and interviews at the Moonah Arts Centre. The exhibition opened on Wednesday 5 August and ran until Wednesday 19 August 2009.

These pieces tell the rich story of West Moonah/Springfield – the failed ‘Garden City’ development in the first half of the 1900s, the influx of post war migrants who purchased cheap land to build their homes in a new land, the mud and sewerage legacy of the failed subdivision and finally the tenacity and commitment of a community to their home and suburb as they fought for their right to the basic services that the rest of Hobart enjoyed.

Mountains, Mud and Migrants –

A History of Springfield, West Moonah

The material in these videos has been compiled from material presented as part of the exhibition, Mountains, Mud and Migrants- a history of West Moonah, initiated by the West Moonah Community Precinct, developed by the Glenorchy City Council, and presented at the Moonah Arts Centre, 5th – 19th August 2009.



Producers:  Eleanor Downes & Seán Kelly

Writer & Digital Presentation:  Bernard Lloyd

Music:  Teresa Drozdz

DVD Production:   Move Media


Producer:  Eleanor Downes

Exhibition Design & Installation:  Seán Kelly

Community Liaison:   Andrea Marquardt

Writer / Historian:  Bernard Lloyd

Visual Artist:   Caroline Amos

Photographer   Louise Conboy

Exhibition Assistants:   Kate Lazenby, Robyn Oh, Sabina Bickley          

Project Working Group

West Moonah Community Precinct:  Phyl Pears, John Green, Harald Lietz, Marie Lietz

Local Historian:  Irene Schaffer

Glenorchy Historical Society:  Phil Butler

Cosgrove High School:  Kim Jansen

Hilliard Christian School:  Susan Matthews

Thank you to the following people for sharing their stories, photographs and artmaking:

Helen Angus

John Aitchison

Banovich Family

Fran Bladel

Edward Christie

Cliff Deegan

Thomas Dempsey

Sally Docherty (Clark)

Danuta Drozdz

Teresa Drozdz

Alex Dziendziel MBE OAM

Susan Gardner (Ashlin)

Don Glover

John Green

Sigrid Haigh

Anna Harasymyszyn

Peter Harasymyszyn

Tony Harrison

M. Hodgson

Stan Holloway

Hannelore Holloway

Ann Korotki

Vol Korotki

Merv Kozikas

Lilo Kuhn

Tony LeFevre

Marie Lietz

Kateryna Mikelaitis

Janina Mozdyniewicz

Sandra Mundy

Phyl Pears

Henry Pears

Frank Phythian

John Radcliffe

Lorna Rowlands

Russel Rowlands

Elisa Ryan

Dawn Sansom (Kairys)

Arnolds Saulis

Jurgen Schupp

Marlen Sulikowski

Sue Vincent

Students from:

 Cosgrove High School

Springfield Gardens Primary School

Hilliard Christian School

Moonah Primary School

Thank you to the following people and organisations for their assistance:

Frank Bansel, Artists in School Program, Education Department of Tasmania

Bill Kelly, Cosgrove High School

Shaun Pearce, Springfield Gardens Primary School

Dianne McGuinness and Karen Hudson, Glenorchy City Council

Ann Burnett, Christopher Lawrence and Ryk Goddard, ABC Radio

Peter West, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Elisa Ryan, West Moonah Community House

This project benefited greatly from the following books:

‘From Amber Coast to Apple Isle’ by Ramunas Tarvydas

‘Glenorchy 1804 – 1964’ by Alison Alexander

‘Glenorchy 1964 – 1998’ by Alison Alexander

This DVD is dedicated to the memory of Alex Dziendziel MBE OAM, 1926 – 2010, acknowledging his contribution and commitment to the Polish community in Hobart and to the community of Glenorchy.

This DVD has been made possible through generous support from

John Radcliffe – Radcliffe Transport

Bendigo Bank Glenorchy

Marlen Sulikowski

Heritage, Arts & Cultural Development and Community Participation – Glenorchy City Council

Moonah Arts Centre ©2010 Glenorchy City Council