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The sculpture "Aboriginal Woman and Child" commemorates the continuity of the Ngadjuri people, who were the original inhabitants of the land around Riverton.

The Ngadjuri homelands covered roughly 30,000 square kilometres, embracing Angaston and Freeling in the south and running northwards to Clare, Crystal Brook, Gladstone up to Carrieton and Orroroo in the Flinders Ranges.  Their territory coincides quite precisely with the range of the peppermint gum.



Address:Torrens Road & Elizabeth Street, Riverton, 5412
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.159581
Long: 138.747524
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Artist:Robert Hannaford (Riverton, SA)
Monument Manufacturer:Tim Thompson


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th September, 2016
Front Inscription

Aboriginal Woman and Child

The sculpture represents the continuity of Ngadjuri people and culture. The Ngadjuri, literally meaning `we people` and known by the neighbouring Aboriginal peoples as the `hills people` or the `peppermint gum people`, lived and thrived in this region for many thousands of years.They were distinguished for their high quality nets, basketry and possum skin coats. 

They occupied an important link in the trading and communications network across the country. The breakup of their society after European settlement in the 19th century is a sad but common story across this nation.  It is hoped that this sculpture will act as an incentive for understanding and restoring Ngadjuri culture into the future.


Left Side Inscription
Officially unveiled by his Excellency 
Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia on 
24th September 2016
Right Side Inscription

This sculpture was modeled and donated by 
             Robert Hannaford

Financial donations for the casting and site preparations
were courtesy of Mr. Ian Rodhe OAM and The 
Chris Turner Bequest. The project was facilitated by the 
Riverton Community Management Commitee and 
supported by the Clare and Gilbert Valley Council.


Source: MA
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