Wharfie workers unite! Mural a vital symbol of shared history

Sometimes a picture really does tell a thousand words – with hidden histories embedded in its skin.
a mural painting depicting various scenes of young male workers protesting for Australian labour rights in the 1900s - 1950s.

This is the story of a 1950s artwork that portrays significant moments in Australia’s wharfie workforce history, while also revealing some lesser-known experiences of various young artists who were forging their careers at that time.

It’s a fascinating tale of how art and politics can collide and offer us portals back to earlier times and places to better understand those people and their lives.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).