Looking at Martin Sharp’s tapestry, we can easily perceive that it talks about some of the significant events and milestone in Australia’s history. The colours used were bright colours of red, yellow, blue, green and white. This is a combination of the Australian national colours and the colours found in the Australian flag. In the middle of the tapestry we can easily see these group of 5 white stars called the Southern Cross. This represents the geographical location of Australia in the Southern hemisphere. The ocean, fishes and the red star fish could represent Australia’s abundance in natural resources and marine biodiversity. A picture of the Harbour Bridge is standing prominently at the background which perhaps symbolizes the country’s strong defence and economic stability. On the left corner we can see the silhouette of the famous Opera house, representing Australia’s cultural progress. A picture of a white Galleon can be seen on the silhouette of the Opera house. This could represent England’s exploration and colonization of Australia. Uluru, near the left corner, acknowledges Australia’s traditional custodians. It is the Indigenous people’s sacred place of worship. The Opera House features the fusion of the past colonial history and modernisation of the country.
I think this tapestry is a celebration of Australia’s great achievements and successes. Australia has become a fully developed country moving forward to the 21th century with its diversities and modernization without forgetting its past Aboriginal culture. It is a picture celebrating the rise of the new Australia.