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The Winton Baby Farmer
About this creation
2012 MocAthalon
Team Something SNOTy

Category 10. Ars Historia:
Build an iconic scene of human history.



The Winton Baby Farmer

Minnie Dean was hanged on August 13th, 1895 for the murder of an infant in her care. Following her arrest in May 1895, the police searched her garden at "the Larches" near Winton where they unearthed the recently buried bodies of two babies and the skeleton of an older boy. Her execution makes history as she is the only woman ever executed in New Zealand. Capital punishment was abolished here in 1961.

Please view these links if you are interested in the finer, and more grisly details of this case:
crime.co.nz
nzhistory.net.nz
Wikipedia




I became quite upset by the subject matter of this moc as I began building it. Because the death penalty does not exist in my country I have never had a reason to think about it too deeply. The act of honest men to lawfully and publicly end the life of another human is a concept so foreign to me that it is actually beyond my comprehension. I decided to build this moment in history as though it were a museum exhibit, and the figs as mannequins posed forever displaying this one historical moment in time.

History is what it is, and this is what happened.




The following is taken from "the Evening Post" 12th August, 1895:
Minnie Dean, the Winton baby-farmer and child-murderer was executed at the Invercargill Gaol at 8 o'clock this morning.






She walked firmly to the scaffold, and said in answer to the Sherrif - "I have nothing to say except that I am innocent."






There was no hitch in the arrangements, and the prisoner's death was instantaneous.


-the Evening Post. 12th August, 1895







I love those fake street fronts that you see in museums and theme parks (and Vegas hotels) with the painted backdrops, part buildings coming out of the walls and artificial sunlight. They were the main inspiration for the design of this layout, but I modelled the buildings on old grocery store images that I found of 1890s New Zealand.





A young family has come to view the exhibit.






They read the history on the description in front.






Where these gallows once stood, today is the car park of a large technology and housewares store.






The press were there, recording history.












Various towns people came to watch the event.



















Another prisoner watches the fate that awaits him.














Thank you for stopping by.



Comments

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  April 11, 2013
I love the sand green building! You have also done a good job on the gallows.
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  January 12, 2013
MOTD--Awesome!
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  January 12, 2013
Leda, Another awesome build. Your buildings have excellent detail. I also appreciate the NZ history lesson.
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  January 12, 2013
I really like the camara and the crooked buildings.
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  January 12, 2013
Great MOTD!
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  January 12, 2013
Wow, great work! congrats on MOTD
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  January 12, 2013
Great idea, great motd
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  January 12, 2013
Great idea, great motd
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  January 12, 2013
Nice! Congratulations on being MOTD!
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  January 12, 2013
Hey Leda, congrats on the MOC OF THE DAY!!!! This TOTALLY, and UNDOUBTEDLY, deserves it.
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  December 5, 2012
great scene, sad story.
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  June 27, 2012
Quoting Nate ***** Very imaginative (in a good way). Hey, have you ever considered posting your LEGO collection here on MOCpages? I'm sure many people would be interested in viewing what you have to work with.
My collection is always in a huge mess... would be too shamefull to post it.
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  June 24, 2012
Very imaginative (in a good way). Hey, have you ever considered posting your LEGO collection here on MOCpages? I'm sure many people would be interested in viewing what you have to work with.
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  June 12, 2012
O_o Wow
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  June 12, 2012
O_o Wow
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  May 1, 2012
Excellent. You really captured the exhibition look.
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  April 12, 2012
Excellent! Great details :)
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  April 10, 2012
Wonderfully detailed MOC, if a little dark in subject matter. Top stuff!
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Thoy Bradley
  March 31, 2012
Thanks for that link Leda, I have gone and joined 4x2 now. Yes it would be great for Gabriel to make it over here too. I am currently planning a trip south to visit the convention, not sure if I'll be able to do an exhibit yet. As everyone else has said, this build is amazing! You have had a cracker of a month with these builds, the epicness must be running through your veins! ~Thoy
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  March 31, 2012
Quoting kingtiger 719 great job , even if it's not funny to hang someone , except if it's a real murderer :-)
Still not funny
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  March 30, 2012
great job , even if it's not funny to hang someone , except if it's a real murderer :-)
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  March 30, 2012
Nice work!
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  March 30, 2012
absolutely Excellent !
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  March 29, 2012
Quoting Rural Kiwi You will have to post some photos of the show. Shame I'm in the North Island!
Yes I'll do a post of it. I still haven't figured out what I'll be building yet. Share it around up north, lets get lots of people down here. We need it to be a success so it happens again. http://lug4x2.org/lego-annual-brick-show-2012-rebuild/
  March 29, 2012
You will have to post some photos of the show. Shame I'm in the North Island!
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  March 28, 2012
Quoting Gabriel Thomson Brilliant work Leda, this has to be my fav entry for the comp so far. I love the museum twist on the catagory, and the scene is expertly portrayed. Your entry is both moving and educational - truly a great combination.
Why thank you very much :) Hey, you're an Aussie... we have a Lego Show here in Christchurch in July, come over!
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  March 28, 2012
Brilliant work Leda, this has to be my fav entry for the comp so far. I love the museum twist on the catagory, and the scene is expertly portrayed. Your entry is both moving and educational - truly a great combination.
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  March 26, 2012
Still a great moc.
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Rural Kiwi I love it! However Mrs Dean was hung inside the gaol itself.
... honestly, there is nothing accurate about this scene. It is an artist's impression inspired by a true event. Nothing more.
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  March 26, 2012
I love it! However Mrs Dean was hung inside the gaol itself.
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  March 24, 2012
Fantastic!
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  March 24, 2012
Cheers all for your great comments on this, its great to share a bit of kiwi history with the rest of the world and have it so well received. Thank you judges for the perfect scores for it too! Thanks for putting in so much time judging all these entries.
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  March 23, 2012
Millie, I LOVE how you turned the diorama into a museum diorama... meta!!! ~Dave
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  March 23, 2012
Fantastic stuff Millie. It has been said below but the forced perspective is so clever. As usual all the little details give your mocs so much life. Letís hope the new car park isnít haunted by ghosts of innocent men/women ;).
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  March 23, 2012
Brilliant work, that backdrop with the forced perspective really pushed this WAY over the top. Your score = 5
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  March 23, 2012
Only you could take such a tragic event and still find a way to make it breathtaking to behold. Once again I find myself enchanted by your skill my feline femme fatale. Meeeooowww!
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  March 23, 2012
A very clever take on the category and the mix of building techniques knocks this one out of the park. Well played, my dear.~H
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  March 22, 2012
Stunning details... and yes, what master Shifu said...
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  March 22, 2012
Brilliant! Score = 5
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  March 22, 2012
Very nice, great decor, it works very well
  March 22, 2012
Score = 5
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  March 21, 2012
Fabulous. ;)
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  March 21, 2012
Very nice and lots of SNOT. lol
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  March 20, 2012
Fantastic job! 5/5:P
  March 20, 2012
It looks great! Touchy subject, reminds me of the only person put to death in my country, Adolf Eichmann.
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  March 20, 2012
Impressive!
Leda Kat =^..^=
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White Knight
  March 19, 2012
top marks ! very beautifully done !>.....well done
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  March 19, 2012
Very intriguing story and great build! The background is fantastic (I love the cute little buildings in the background). Great job on a great MOC.
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  March 19, 2012
Gorgeous build! I love those wax or mannequin type displays too. Thanks for the history lesson! Score= 5
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  March 19, 2012
Whoa! It looks like a Hollywood set! Incredible!
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  March 19, 2012
has a Pixar feel to it, great build.
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  March 19, 2012
Thank you everybody for all your great comments on this moc, and Chris and Blake cheers for the 5s!
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  March 19, 2012
Quoting Flare . Great build... didn't know that the death sentence didn't exist in NZ... I guess we learn something new every day :)
I have imparted knowledge. My job is done :)
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  March 19, 2012
Amazing build!
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  March 19, 2012
Awesome work, as usual, Leda! The thing that really grabs me about this moc is how you made the "fake" painted background. Great stuff!
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  March 19, 2012
Great build... didn't know that the death sentence didn't exist in NZ... I guess we learn something new every day :)
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  March 19, 2012
An excellently crafted diorama! I loved the mix of actual buildings and presumed buildings blending in with the sky. Nice touches all round - 5 stars for sure!
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  March 19, 2012
This was a five pointer even before I realized you had fashioned it like a museum setting. Just... awesome. 5 points. ~ Chris.
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  March 18, 2012
The street scene and blending with the background is gorgeous. Score: scraping up a 5
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  March 18, 2012
Just love the set like backdrops Leda, daring and well done. Th rest is delightfully rendered. And great period figs:)
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  March 18, 2012
Just love the set like backdrops Leda, daring and well done. Th rest is delightfully rendered. And great period figs:)
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  March 18, 2012
Quoting Jeff Lee Glad you didn't "fudge" the scene this time..... LOL
I don't actually understand this joke you keep saying...
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  March 18, 2012
Glad you didn't "fudge" the scene this time..... LOL
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  March 18, 2012
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy The contrast between the grim event and the almost commerialised way of presenting the scene is such a clever idea. You nailed it using pink tiles and a lollipop.
-I edited your post in hopes to save moderation- Thanks Xeno, did you mean commercialised? Cos you're right. That's the reason why there is the quintessential image of little boy in a sailor suit, lollipop and gaudy patterned/coloured carpet.
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  March 18, 2012
A truly splendid MOC. All the best with the judges.
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  March 18, 2012
A great take on the category!
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  March 18, 2012
The camera...
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  March 18, 2012
Excellent construction! Also good use of forced perspective. Excellent idea for the museum-setting.
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  March 18, 2012
I'm not sure what I like more about this MOC, the building techniques (btw, love the lamp and the 'painted' backgrounds), or your take on this theme. Probably the second one this time. The contrast between the horrible event and the almost commerialised way of presenting the scene is such a clever idea. You nailed it using pink tiles and a lollipop.
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  March 18, 2012
My first comment ended up in moderation, since I used the word hor- and than -rible, but I'm sure it will show soon.
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  March 18, 2012
You trully carried off the 'museum feel'. This would be nice to display in your local library. :)
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Jared Waldron
  March 17, 2012
First off, this is an amazing MOC! I love how you made it look like a museum, and second, I love how almost all of the men have beards. Great creation!
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Jared Waldron
  March 17, 2012
First off, this is an amazing MOC! I love how you made it look like a museum, and second, I love how almost all of the men have beards. Great creation!
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Chris Melby
  March 17, 2012
If this isn't a five, I give! Nice build!
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  March 17, 2012
Very nice. Great, although disturbing, take on the subject matter and a great portrayal of the events. I especially love the clouds. As always, nice work!
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  March 17, 2012
One word... hanged!! Haha, just kidding. Great build!
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  March 17, 2012
I really like that you presented history as a museum exhibit, everything is so well done and no detail was missed. I especially like the photographer with his camera.
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  March 17, 2012
Quoting Nick Pascale Leda this is poetry in LEGO, I like your take on history! You presented HISTORY a la DISNEY or a WAX MUSEUM you gave us the feel of interaction from the observers as they walked by - stopped - read the blurb, thought about the horror of her crime and observed the tableau in front of them...heck even the "kid" stopped eating his lollipop! GOOD WORK!!!
Thank you, yes this is exactly what I was trying to do! I'm so glad when people understand me :)
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  March 17, 2012
Your work is so inspiring. This is brilliant!
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  March 17, 2012
I wish you to come by and see my stuff ... humble that it is!
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  March 17, 2012
Leda this is poetry in LEGO, I like your take on history! You presented HISTORY a la DISNEY or a WAX MUSEUM you gave us the feel of interaction from the observers as they walked by - stopped - read the blurb, thought about the horror of her crime and observed the tableau in front of them...heck even the "kid" stopped eating his lollipop! GOOD WORK!!!
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  March 17, 2012
like always you leave speechless because of the amazingness!
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  March 17, 2012
Wow! Nice work! I love the way you've placed a "setting within a setting" and the camera is just awesome!
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  March 17, 2012
Love it! Some real nice SNOT work.
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  March 17, 2012
Love it! Some real nice SNOT work.
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  March 17, 2012
Love it! Some real nice SNOT work.
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  March 17, 2012
Fantastic build! The idea to make it an exhibit is brilliant.
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  March 17, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! A really SOLID build, Leda. Good luck!
Arrgh!
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  March 17, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera did you really have to sneak all that pink in there?
Yes I did.
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  March 17, 2012
Wow what a beautifully sculpted scene! Love it! Both foreground and background are excellent and the details are spectacular! One thing is bugging me though, did you really have to sneak all that pink in there? I find it detracts from the greater details. Best of luck!
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  March 17, 2012
A most excellent rendition of a difficult subject. Yes, it is history, regardless of one's feelings on the matter, it happened. The way it's rigged here, just like a museum display, perfect. A really SOLID build, Leda. Good luck!
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  March 17, 2012
Nice! I really like the camera idea. :)
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  March 17, 2012
Superb details and techniques for the buildings and town layout! I also really like how it is designed like a museum display!
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  March 17, 2012
Great Job =D i love the details on the house
 
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