Todd Fuller

1727; Pieter for Adriaan & with whom I was united by every tie (Captain Moonlite)

Noosa Woods, Noosa Heads

Sat 24 June to Sun 30 July

With a practice that integrates sculpture, moving image,performance and painting, Sydney based artist Todd Fuller is, at his core, adraughtsman. Underpinning all aspects of his practice is a love of drawing anda belief in its power as a democratic medium to connect, engage and delightaudiences.

Mounted to the exterior wall of the public amenities in Noosa Woods, Fuller gives us two contemporary works that give animated form to early documented accounts of same-sex relationships in Australia’s history.

1727; Pieter for Adriaan explores what appears to be the first evidence of a European same-sex relationship in Australia as well as what could be considered the first European trial and recorded gay-hate-crime. The incident at the heart of Fuller’s exhibition involved two young Dutch sailors off the coast of Western Australia nearly 50 years before Captain Cook ‘found’ Australia. In 1727 an East Indies Trade vessel veered off course so see the land that we now know as Western Australia and was shipwrecked on a reef. According to diary notes and the ships log, these sailors performed the act of sodomy and were then marooned on separate islands as punishment for their crime. From the reference material available, Fuller speculates the nature of this relationship in this animation.

Adjacent to this, with whom I was united by every tie (Captain Moonlite) tells the story of Captain Moonlite, a fierce bushranger who was arrested while cradling his dying younger male lover. In the context of Australia's 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite, it is easy to think of the Australian Gay community as being a contemporary phenomenon. But on the peripheral of many of Australia's historically great myths and legends, lie untold stories of Australian Queer Histories. Captain Moonlite is one such story. In January of 1995, 115 years after death, Captain Moonlite's body was exhumed from Rookwood Cemetery to be buried in Gundagai near the remains of his lover Nesbit.

Often the best writing about art is simple and easy to understand – something that’s not always synonymous with ‘art-speak’ and the language encountered in art galleries and exhibition reviews. Community Critics sees a range of people from different backgrounds write responses to Floating Land projects, describing and interpreting them through their own lens.

COMMUNITY CRITIC: Lucy Schmid (Naturopath)

Todd Fuller

1727; Pieter for Adriaan & with whom I was united by every tie (Captain Moonlite)

The exterior brick wall of a public toilet is not the first place I would expect to encounter an artist’s work, let alone pieces that draw my attention to queer history but then again, this is Floating Land 2023.

Two TV screens play hand-drawn animations telling the tragic stories of two homosexual couples who were persecuted and punished for their love. One couple were sailors and the other were bushrangers, but their stories were similar in their heartbreak and the persecution that awaited them for their ‘criminal’ acts.

The impressive hand drawn animations gently begin moving through a warming narrative of a connection forming between new lovers against the colourful backdrop of the bush, the sea, sounds of the birds, rustling of leaves and waves. Not dissimilar to the same environment and sounds I am surrounded by while standing here staring at the Noosa Woods public toilet block wall.

The story quickly moves to gunshots, fire, loneliness, abandonment and a hanging as a persecution of their love for one another. The true historical accounts depicted in these animations remind me that discrimination and persecution were once the norm for those who dared to love someone of the same gender. For a long time, the LGBTQ community had to hide their true selves to avoid being subjected to violence, imprisonment, or even death.

Upon further thought, the brick wall of a public toilet block is a rather fitting ‘gallery’ setting to show these art works as these same toilet blocks were often a place of refuge for those identifying as homosexual.

These historical accounts make a powerful statement about the queer community always being present and the progress we've made as a society, however that there is still work to be done so that everyone can love and express themselves freely.



Sat 22 July, 10am

Join Todd Fuller for a talk about this work on Saturday 22 July at 10.00am.


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This talk will be followed by a Masterclass with the artist.


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Van Badham / Banned Books / Jordyn Burnett / Behrouz Boochani and Arnold Zable / Brotherhood of the Wordless / Community Critics / Lyndon Davis, Leah Barclay and Tricia King / Fiona Foley / Juan Ford / Todd Fuller / Warwick Gow / Aunty Helena Gulash and James Muller / Kim Guthrie / Miriam Innes / Soda Jerk / Ketakii Jewson-Brown and Shaye Hardisty / Deborah Kelly / Kidsplained / Jaime Kiss / Kim Leutwyler / Louise Martin-Chew / Peter Rowe / Van T Rudd / Amy Sargeant / Ian Smith / Shelley Ware / Judy Watson / Megan Williams / Gosia Wlodarczak / Laura Woodward