Family Heirloom uses fragments of stories from the artistŐs family history to explore the complex legacy of early migrants arriving in Tasmania.

 

William and Sarah Lyne and their five children arrived in Hobart aboard the Hugh Crawford in 1826. They purchased land grants on the east coast where they eventually established themselves as farmers near Swansea.

 

Johannes Kalbfell sailed into Hobart from Germany aboard the Lewe Van Nyenstein in 1855.  After some time he set up his own business as a shoemaker at 220 Elizabeth Street.

 

Their respective descendants – the artistŐs parents - Louisa Lesley Iris Lyne and John (Jack) Kalbfell, married in Hobart in 1931. They moved to Derby in the North East of Tasmania in 1941 and the artistŐs response to the cultural significance of this place is also examined.

 

As the exhibition evolved, some surprising connections and events unfolded.