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High-rise to bear elder’s face
12:00 AEST Wed Sep 15 2010
By ninemsn staff
A apartment building bearing the image of a 19th century Aboriginal leader and artist is set to become a major landmark.
The 32-storey apartment block on the site of the former Carlton brewery will display the face of William Barak, an elder dedicated to greater understanding between black and white Australia.
Barak, a teenager when European settlers founded Melbourne in 1835, became a police trooper and respected painter.
Construction is yet to begin on the building, named ‘Portrait’.