Mandurah: international aerosol artist to create museum mural

A concept plan of what the mural could look like.
A concept plan of what the mural could look like.

MANDURAH Community Museum will soon be sporting a new look, thanks to international aerosol artist Jerome Davenport of Blank Walls, who will create a mural on the museum wall commemorating historic Mandurah boat builder Charles Wilson.

The story of his ill-fated boat Leviathan will be interpreted by London-based Davenport, on the Dalrymple Park side of the museum.

The Leviathan, often known as Black Bess due to the boat’s dark paintwork, was one of the largest wooden cargo boats built in Mandurah.

Designed by Wilson in 1915 in Mandurah’s Agricultural Hall, near the museum, the Leviathan only made eight voyages to Fremantle before disaster struck.

Heavily loaded and fitted with an engine to help manoeuvre the boat over the treacherous bar, the Leviathan became stuck.

She filled with water and sand when rough weather set in, ending her life just two kilometres and less than two years from when the boat was built on the shore at Soldier’s Cove.

Davenport, who grew up in Mandurah, has worked across the UK, Europe and Australia.

His works include a tribute to suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, adorning a pub wall in London’s East End and a 150-metre long mural celebrating locals in Wanneroo.