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Metro Tunnel

The Parkville Storytelling Project

In 2019, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program ran workshops with numerous organisations across the Parkville precinct to come up with a theme that resonated with all institutions in the area. The organisations agreed that showcasing the precinct’s ‘unsung heroes’ would be a great way to share some noteworthy stories that people may not have heard.

Around 20 organisations contributed information, and these were turned into stories by local writer Sonja Dechian. The stories were then given to local illustrators who engaged with the written pieces to bring them to life in their own creative way.

Read the stories here (PDF, 2.2 MB).

The organisations who participated were:

  • Graduate House
  • Bio 21 Institute
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
  • Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  • Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The illustrators who designed the artworks are:

  • Alice Lindstrom is a Melbourne based artist who works primarily in paper collage, using hand crafted cut and paste techniques and painting to create textured and layered illustrations.
  • Mark Conlan is an illustrator originally from Dublin, Ireland, currently living and working in Melbourne.
  • Antra Švarcs is an illustrator from Melbourne. She enjoys the challenge of distilling complex subject matter to its essence.
  • Janelle Barone is a Melbourne based illustrator and designer. She uses digital techniques to create colourful works inspired by comic books, ukiyo-e and documentary photography.

Four of the stories feature the women for whom our tunnel boring machines were named after.

These artworks are now on display on the construction hoardings in Grattan Street around the Parkville Station site.