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Bid now to secure your match worn* and signed, 2016 Indigenous Guernsey. All guernsey's come with a AFLPA Certificate of Authenticity.
In conjunction with New Balance, the Melbourne Football Club is proud to present its 2016 Indigenous Guernsey.
Melbourne players will wear the guernsey against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs in Round 10 as part of the AFL Indigenous Round.
The Indigenous Guernsey was designed by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson, in consultation with footballers Neville Jetta, Jeff Garlett and Jay Kennedy-Harris.
The stories behind the designs connect with the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne, the Wurundjeri people.
Every guernsey purchased includes a postcard that tells the story of the designs featured on the front and back of the guernsey.
The names of every Indigenous player to have represented the Melbourne Football Club are featured on the sides of the guernsey.
About the Artist
Mandy Nicholson is a multifaceted artist who belongs to the Wurundjeri-willam (Woiwurrung language) clan, the Traditional Owners of Melbourne.
She has practised visual art since 1994 and studied Koorie art and design at RMIT University in Bundoora and Monash University.
Front of Guernsey
This design shows the wangim in flight mode depicting speed and fitness, connecting this to the attributes of the original game of Marngrook and the modern game of AFL. The wangim are embedded into the Birrarung (Yarra-river of mists) to show the connection to the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne, the Wurundjeri people. We are fresh water people as the Birrarung runs right through the middle of our Country, from the ngurrak (mountains) to the warinj (sea). It also honours the original course of the Birrarung before it was straightened and how it used to flow strong and cleanse the area by flooding annually. The small pathways seen throughout the river are the paths of our ancestor’s gurrong (canoes). These gurrong have travelled the waterways of Melbourne either for day to day life, but also represent the many visitors that come for large traditional gatherings such as the Tanderrum. This ceremony happens just over the Barak Bridge from the MCG. This traditional practise has been reignited since 2013 and is an annual event where the mobs of the Kulin come together to share and dance. These paths created by the many gurrong (canoes) are strong and will always be there. The 4 wangim also honour our ancestors from the north, south, east and west.
Back of Guernsey
This design honours one of most respected Ngurungaeta (leaders), Beruk (William Barak). He has left an enormous legacy for his descendants by helping record our language Woi wurrung, the many stories of creation he shared, and his paintings predict traditional ceremony which have all survived the colonial attempts to destroy our culture. The carved designs are from one of his original shields and also connects to the fact that there are scar trees still remaining in the MCG carpark area. Scars are caused for the creation of gayaam (shields), gurrong (canoes), wilam (bark for huts). The Dreaming Track on the shoulder shows the many paths travelled by our ancestors across the generations. It also honours the fact that Beruk and a number of men walked from Healesville to Melbourne several times to ask for better conditions for his people at Coranderrk Station. The Dreaming Track on the waist is the Birrarung (Yarra=river of mist), such a strong symbol for our people, our connection to this river isn’t simply physical, but spiritual and emotional. Our Creation stories that Berak has handed down explain how this river came to be.
*Please note- if a player does not take the field during the Round 10 Clash against Port Adelaide, the guernsey will NOT be match worn.
Please allow up to 4 weeks after auction completion for your guernsey to be sent out.