Please join Page Galleries on Thursday 23 July, 5.30-7pm, to celebrate the opening of Jasmine Togo-Brisby's new exhibition, Dear Mrs Wunderlich.

Dear Mrs Wunderlich (23 July - 15 Aug 2020) responds to the artist’s discovery that her great-great-grandparents were acquired as house slaves by the Sydney-based Wunderlich family in 1899.

A letter sent to Togo-Brisby’s granny from Mrs Wunderlich provides the starting point for this exhibition; an extension of work first developed for the Courtenay Place Lightboxes and the concurrent restoration of the ceiling panels in Wellington Town Hall. The Wunderlich family company was established in 1885 and produced ornate, pressed-tin panels and architectural elements.Today, the designs can still be found in many buildings across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and are painstakingly preserved as heritage materials. For Togo-Brisby, a fourth-generation Australian South Sea Islander, these panels are an enduring physical manifestation of a colonial legacy that provides stark contrast to the scarcity of records available for South Sea Islanders, a group who trace their roots to Australia through the slave-diaspora.


  • Free


  • Thu 23 Jul


  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm


  • 42 Victoria Street
  • Wellington, 6011