The Petrie Tableau

Commissioned and created in the Bicentennial year, 1988, to honour the early families of Brisbane and to capture the pioneering spirit of the city.

The tableau depicts the departure of Andrew Petrie for an inland expedition from the Moreton Bay Settlement in 1842. Petrie's wife Mary is handing him a drinking bottle as their daughter Isabella watches.

Young Tom Petrie plays on the river bank with two of his Aboriginal friends. His experiences were later recorded and became a classic document of Aboriginal tribal life.

John Petrie, who went on to become Brisbane's first Mayor and a prominent engineer, holds his father's impatient horse.

The event is observed a convict recently freed from his shackles by Petrie.

Sculptor Stephen Walker