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Memorial commemorates the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children.
The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) is a term used to describe the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1869 and 1969, although in some places children were still being taken in the 1970s.
|Address:||Gilruth Avenue , George Brown Botanic Gardens, Darwin, 0800|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.446389|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 30th July, 2005|
HEARTS BROKEN MOTHERS LEFT WITH EMPTY ARMS
HEARTS BROKEN, MINDS WITH NO CLAIMS.
CHILDREN WITHOUT AN IDENTITY TAKEN FROM THEIR COUNTRY. FOR SUCH WAS THE POLICY A STRONG DESTRUCTIVE FORCE. FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMAND “DENY THEM ACCESS TO CULTURE AND LAND”.
TEARS FELL IN EMPTY ARMS AS THEY SAT IN SILENCE WAITING AND HOPING IN VAIN FOR THE CHILD THEY COULD NOT CLAIM. THEY WERE THE SILENT VICTIMS ABORIGINAL MOTHERS OF YESTERDAY. SO CHILDREN OF THE STOLEN GENERATION REMEMBER THEM TODAY.
LAUNCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. Extracts from a speech by Prime Minister Paul Keating 10th December 1992. “It begins, I think with that act of recognition.” “Recognition that it was we that did the dispossessing.” “We took the children from their mothers.” “We practised discrimination and exclusion.” "We failed to ask - how would I feel if this were done to me?”
A MESSAGE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THE PAST SHOULD NEVER BE CARRIED INTO THE FUTURE AS WE LOOK TO THE CHILDREN OF TODAY BECOMING LEADERS THAT WILL TAKE AUSTRALIA FORWARD IN MAKING THIS COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE. INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS MUST COME TOGETHER IN PROMOTING RECONCILIATION (sic), PEACE AND HARMONY.