Bowerbird Theatre, in collaboration with historian Sara Maroske, and in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, are embarking on an exciting creative development exploring non Indigenous relations to land with a central narrative based on the life and times of Baron von Mueller, the garden’s first director. Von Mueller was a nineteenth century scientific powerhouse, a household name in his own time and a unique and tragic figure who was controversially removed from his position as director and who never set foot in his beloved gardens again.


This creative development will incorporate projections of key parts of von Muellers extensive archives and collections in, on and around the gardens themselves, bringing this intriguing historical narrative to life. It will also explore the deeper resonances of the colonial Australian psyche with current issues surrounding our relationship with Nature – depleting resources, species collapse, climate change and the nexus between Spirit and Science.

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