In 1992 the Office of Major Projects, on behalf of the Victorian Government, commissioned community artist Elizabeth McKinnon to create a mosaic mural of ceramic tiles celebrating the rich history of the Newmarket Saleyards.

The mosaics depict people and animals engaged in day to day life at the saleyards, highlighting some lively characters, how people looked, what they wore and their relationships with co-workers and livestock. The murals line the walls of what is now the pedestrian underpass beneath Epsom Road. Initially part of "The Stock Route”, this walkway passes through "The Back Gate" which linked the livestock saleyards to the abattoirs and processing centres. The mosaic murals provide a visual link between the present and future of the Newmarket Saleyards and its vibrant past.

References:
Government of Victoria, Office of Major Projects, 1998, 'Back Gate: mosaic murals', Agenda 21, July, no. 17, p 9.
'The Back Gate', An Exhibition of Mosaic Mural Works from the Lynch's Bridge Project, 1992, Touring Exhibition, City of Melbourne, Community and Cultural Services

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