Coincidently, the year 1879 commemorates not only the building of the Wentworth Gaol, but the first patent of the refrigerator by African American inventor, Thomas Elkins (US Patent no 221,227). Elkins’s refrigerator was designed specifically to chill human corpses.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s are 17.3 times more likely to be arrested, 14.7 times more likely to be imprisoned and 16.5 times more likely to die in custody. This work, remembers them.
'and if we wind up in the cells, lord have mercy on our souls' Dougie Young (from the Wilcannia song).