The City of Yarra recently launched a new public artwork commemorating the Stolen Generations – “Remember Me” – by Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi artist Reko Rennie, on the 20th anniversary of National Sorry Day.
The moving ceremony at Atherton Gardens in Fitzroy included guest speakers and performances by Uncle Colin Hunter, Deborah Cheetham AO, Dr Muriel Bamblett, Ian Hamm, Kutcha Edwards, Illana Atkinson, Djirri Djirri Dance Group, Jindi Worabak Dancers, Koori Youth Will Shake Spears Dance Group and Uncle Jack Charles.
The aptly named “Remember Me” comprises a number of bronze spears and a coolamon – a bark vessel traditionally used to carry babies – with accompanying seating, lighting and landscaping.
The Stolen Generations Marker was a project the City of Yarra developed in partnership with Wurundjeri Tribe Council, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Connecting Home, Link-Up Victoria. Financial support was provided by the Victorian Government, philanthropic organisations and through a public crowdfunding and fundraising campaign. Read more about the project and campaign.
Last Updated: May 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm