One of 11 photographs taken by Robert Cutting on 25 April 2010 who was commissioned by the Kensington Community Group for use in preparation for the 150th Anniversary of the Newmarket Saleyards to be celebrated in 2011. These photographs highlight a selection of the Mosaic Mural "The Back Gate" created by community artist Elizabeth (Libby) McKinnon 1990-1992 and installed in its current position beneath the Epsom Road overpass in 1988.

"The Back Gate" mosaic murals were officially unveiled by the Hon. Robert MacLellan, MLA, Minister for Planning and Local Government, on 5th April 1998. These artworks were recognised as a gift to the people of Melbourne to "link the present and future of this site to the past". The murals were inspired by former saleyard workers and features almost life-size portraits of the drovers, dogs and stock that characterised Newmarket Saleyards. The mosaics toured Victoria in 1992-4 prior to being installed in their current position in 1998.

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A detailed image of the Newmarket Saleyard mosaics, featuring one of three stock cattle. The title "A Shilling A Head" refers to the Yard Dues charged in 1841 of 1/- (1 shilling) per head of cattle. Yard dues were taken out of the sale price of each animal and contributed to all works and maintenance at the Saleyards by the Melbourne City Council who administered both the Saleyards and the City Abattoirs.

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Colour digital photograph.


These photographs document the colourful characters that once inhabited Newmarket; they were commissioned in preparation for the 150th anniversary in 2011 to be used as a tool to educate, acknowledge and promote the historical significance of the saleyards to the local community and media.

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