"There are times I've suffered shipwreck in my journey In perils of robbers; In perils of false brethren; In perils of my own design; Yet, from these perils comes knowledge; Only from within may we truly shine." - Makaveli
The Crossroads, Eternal life
14" by 18" inches Acrylic on Canvas
The subject of this piece is the extinct Marsupial Wolf, the Thylacine, who was demonised and bounty hunted to extinction by the ruthless sheep industry in Australia which exaggerated and lied about losses of sheep to increase their profit, driving the largest land carnivore of Australia to extinction.
The arrival of European settlers marked the start of a tragic period of conflict that led to the thylacine’s extinction. The introduction of sheep in 1824 led to conflict between the settlers and thylacines.
1830 Van Diemens Land Co. introduced thylacine bounties.
1888 Tasmanian Parliament placed a price of £1 on each thylacine’s head.
1909 Government bounty scheme terminated. 2,184 bounties paid.
1910 Thylacines rare — sought by zoos around the world.
1926 London Zoo bought its last thylacine for £150.
1933 Last thylacine captured, Florentine Valley, sold Hobart Zoo.
1936 World’s last captive thylacine died in Hobart Zoo, (7/9/36).
1936 Tasmanian tiger added to the list of protected Wildlife.
1986 Thylacine declared extinct by international standards