I was honoured to attend the opening of the Beaumaris Landmark Mural on the Beaumaris Concourse. The mural is one of several around Goldstein painted by the ultra-talented Daiana Ingleton, a young artist who lives in Highett and received amazing support from her art teacher at Sandringham Secondary College when she was urged to enter a mural competition at Black Rock. Daiana’s work now adorns walls around our community, not only beautifying our area but also deterring vandals from graffitiing empty walls.
This particular mural depicts aspects of Beaumaris and the foreshore around Ricketts Point, an area world-renowned for fossils, particularly the teeth of extinct sharks. Local marine and bird life, including the weedy sea dragon, pelican and black swan, form part of the enormous mural, which is on the wall of the post office. A shell midden reflects the area’s Indigenous history, along with two flowers, the yellow daisy and the kangaroo crabapple, which is said to have been worn in the hair of the Bunurong women. The late Clarice Beckett, renowned local artist, is also present in the mural, with her paints and brushes.
I congratulate Neighbourhood Watch Beaumaris and Black Rock for your tireless voluntary work making this project happen, the local council and the Beaumaris Concourse Traders Association. Particular congratulations to artist Daiana Ingleton—you’ll find her on Instagram—who spent many days on a cherry picker in the cold creating this stunning piece of art to adorn our neighbourhood and remind us of our heritage.