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2004/77/1 Costume, 'Mr Squiggle' television character, mixed media, designed by Norman Hetherington and Eamon D'Arcy, used at 'Journey of a Nation' Centenary of Federation parade, Sydney, Australia, 2000. Click to enlarge.

'Mr Squiggle' costume used at 'Journey of a Nation' Centenary of Federation parade

Made
The centenary of Australian federation prompted a nationwide debate about Australia's identity and history. An extraordinarily comprehensive series of projects events were co-ordinated, and sometimes funded, by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. Most were organised and funded by individual committees and organisations within the states and territories.

To headline its year of events the New South Wales Centenary of Federation Committee planned a parade and ceremony …

Summary

Object No.

2004/77/1

Object Statement

Costume, 'Mr Squiggle' television character, mixed media, designed by Norman Hetherington and Eamon D'Arcy, used at 'Journey of a Nation' Centenary of Federation parade, Sydney, Australia, 2000

Physical Description

Costume, 'Mr Squiggle' television character, mixed media, designed by Norman Hetherington and Eamon D'Arcy, used at 'Journey of a Nation' Centenary of Federation parade, Sydney, Australia, 2000

'Mr Squiggle' figure on a metal support brace. Large head with blue hair, red pencil for a nose, and green pointy hat with horizontal black lines. Shirt consisting of yellow smock-like torso with red bowtie, green and black striped sleeves, white collar and cuff, green trousers with horizontal black lines, yellow shoes. Although television's Mr Squiggle is a puppet, this one is not because it was made specially for the Centenary of Federation parade.

Production

Notes

Designed by Eamon Darcy as part of the 'Artistically Speaking' section of the Centenary of Federation parade, based on the 'Mr Squiggle' puppet character originally created and designed by Norman Hetherington. Various companies were engaged to make the floats, push units and characters for the parade. The maker of this Mr Squiggle costume is unknown to Mr Hetherington. He said 'I tried to insist that we vetted and approved the design but it suddenly appeared without any reference to us. I was pleasantly surprised that it looked like him' (Phone conversation with Peter Cox 11/11/03).

History

Notes

In 2000 the New South Wales Centenary of Federation Committee commissioned from a number of designers and manufacturers various costumes, floats, characters and other display material for the 'Journey of a Nation' parade, held in Sydney on 1 January 2001. This Mr Squiggle costume was a feature of the parade's section titled 'Artistically Speaking'. The New South Wales Centenary of Federation Committee offered a large number of models, costumes, floats and push units to the Powerhouse Museum prior to the parade on 1 January 2001. A selection was subsequently acquired.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Norman Hetherington OAM and Margaret Hetherington, 2004

Acquisition Date

9 May 2004

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Mr Squiggle' costume used at 'Journey of a Nation' Centenary of Federation parade 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <https://ma.as/342575>

Wikipedia

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