5 May 2018 to 8 Jul 2018
On 21 May 1892 a disaster unfolded on the waters of Port Phillip Bay that shaped the early social history of Mornington. The event, which occurred in an unspecified location somewhere between Mordialloc and Mornington, is still considered one of the worst sailing disasters in Victoria’s history and it remains the greatest tragedy in Australia’s footballing history.
In the founding years of the township, 15 young men from the Mornington Football Club drowned whilst returning by sea from a game against the Mordialloc Bloods. The boat in which they were travelling – a fishing yawl named Process – never made it back to the Mornington Pier, only four bodies were ever recovered.
Artist Andrew Hazewinkel grew up in Mornington and has known the story since boyhood. For a number of years he has been researching little known aspects of the tragedy and what happened immediately following it. His exhibition What The Sea Never Told presents a series of new artworks including an epic moving image work that takes the 1892 disaster as its starting point.