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Robbie Hunter : 13-March-2012
Robbie Hunter : 13-March-2012
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates Robbie Hunter, the Chief of the Parkies, who died in 1996

Cleve Gardens was a place where aboriginals could meet and catch up with the news of relatives and friends. The park had even won official recognition as an aboriginal meeting place by being listed in the Aboriginal Historic Places Register.

In 1994, the Kennett Government knocked down a toilet block in Cleve Gardens, as part of its clean-up campaign for the impending Formula One Grand Prix.  While sounding uncontroversial, the demolition was the destruction of a modern sacred meeting place for the Koori people who gathered there.  The toilet was painted with the Koori (aboriginal) flag.  

With the redevelopment under way, Kooris moved across the road to the more secluded Catani Gardens. But many felt their community and link with the past was lost. In 1997 the "parkies" reunited for the unveiling of a cultural marker bearing symbols of the traditional Koori owners of the site - the Bunurong and Wurundjeri peoples.

 

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Cleve Gardens, St Kilda, 3182
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.861958
Long: 144.973106
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 23rd October, 1997
Front Inscription

Robbie Hunter "Chief" 1958 - 1995

In loving memory from the Parkies  23.10.1997

Source: MA
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