There are no less than three interesting displays on in the Library this week, being the start of Reconciliation Week and also History Month.
Take a walk around the Library starting from the foyer, where there is an exhibition of artworks by local Gully Winds Elder group members. Then just inside the library entrance is a touring banner exhibition giving the history of the 1967 Vote “Yes” referendum on the rights of Aboriginals to vote. You might want to allow a few minutes to read all eight sides of the banners.
Then make your way around to the back of the Mac Suite to the classroom to view the 12m long Aboriginal History Timeline on display. Come and be amazed by the richness and vastness of Aboriginal history. Allow a few minutes (or more!) for this educational read, too.
Gallery 1855 is hosting an exhibition of Australian Aboriginal Art Today with Curator’s Talk on June 7, check details here.
For more information on other events around the City of Tea Tree Gully, click here.
The Gully Winds Choir
Mayor Miriam Smith and Local Historian David Brooks were joined by members of local Aboriginal group Gully Winds to officially launch Reconciliation Week at a moving ceremony within the Library today.
The Gully Winds Choir sang some songs that were special to them, including one written by Choir leader Vonda about Aboriginal soldiers who had gone to war for Australia, even before they were considered citizens.
Mayor Miriam Smith officially launches Reconciliation Week
Part of the event was dedicated to the launch of the Aboriginal Oral Histories, a project undertaken by David and Gully Winds members aimed at addressing the matter of Identity, a topic that is lacking from the records of the local area. Several members provided their oral history of their lives, and lives of their families from the region.
Thanks to all who were involved, and special thanks to those who quite openly recorded their lives for the rest of us to gain an understanding of what Identity means to them. The Oral Histories are available to borrow on CD and soon will be available to hear direct from the Library catalogue.