A little-known but significant anniversary was recognised in Melbourne on Monday.
On January 20, 1842, two Aboriginal men were the first people executed in Melbourne.
If City of Melbourne councillor Cathy Oke has anything to do with it, more people will know the story of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner.
"Their story is part of the fabric of our city, but it's not very well known," Ms Oke said.
Thousands of Melbourne residents watched as the pair were hanged for the murder of two whale hunters.
At the time they were labelled "blood thirsty outlaws" but their supporters see them as freedom fighters and key figures in resisting white settlement.
Each year on the anniversary of the executions a ceremony mourning the men's death occurs at the site of the hanging, near Old Melbourne Gaol. This year hundreds of people attended.
"It's a complex story, connected to many historical events, and I am pleased that council last year unanimously supported the proposal for a permanent marker, recognising the lives of these two men and the events that took place."
The council is examining ideas such as a heritage walking tour, a performance piece or education program to recognise the men's story.
On Monday, the council also launched a book that sets out the facts of the men's story, which can be read on its website.