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The sculpture of a women and child honours those refugees who died while making their way to Australia.

The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Over half the Vietnamese population was displaced in these years and, while most fled to neighbouring Asian countries, some embarked on the voyage by boat to Australia. More than 2 million sought to escape South Vietnam after it succumbed to Communist rule in 1975.

Vietnamese boat people suffered many problems including hunger, storms, pirates, getting lost and capsizing on their journeys. It is was unclear exactly how many people died while trying to travel to other countries but the number was estimated to be as high as 500,000.


Address:Holman Street, Captain Burke Park , Kangaroo Point , 4169
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.465657
Long: 153.036045
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd December, 2012
Front Inscription

In memory

Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese boat people perished at sea on their journeys seeking freedom from 1975 - 1995.

In gratitude

In the hour of our greatest need - you were there

We thank you Australia

There is no greater sorrow than the loss of one`s native land.  
Euripedes - Medea

Back Inscription

In memory of

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Right Side Inscription

Brisbane City Council
Brisbane City Council / The Gabba Ward
Vietnamese Community in Australia / Queensland Chapter
Phat Da Monastery Vietnamese Catholic Community in Brisbane
Tuong Tro Vietnamese Catholic Family Association in Brisbane Incorporation.
The Unified Vietnamese Buddist Congregation in Australia & New Zealand / QLD
VCA/QC Memorial for Vietnamese Boat People Building Committee 
VCA/QC Vietnamese Multicultural Dragon Boat Team
Veterans Association of the the Republic of Vietnam in QLD Inc
Thu Duc Military Academy Friendly Assocation of of QLD Inc
The Republic of Vietnam Navy Veterans Assoc. of QLD
The Republic of Vietnam Airforce Veterans Friendship Assoc. QLD. Inc
Vietnamese Women`s Assoc. of QLD. Inc.
Vietnamese Farmer Assoc in QLD.
The Vietnamese Health Professionals in QLD.
Dang Viet Tan / Vietnam Reform Party
Tieng Nuoc Toi / Vietnamese Radio
SS Vietnamese Newspaper in QLD since Nov. 2006.
Darra Pharmacy
Allcare Medical Centre Inala
The Former Power Company Employees Family
Richlands Lions Club
Trung Vuong Vietnamese Language School / Darra
"The Tearful Forest in Spring" - Ptan & Vt - Nth Nha Trang 15-09-2012
Precast Concrete Products Pty. Ltd.  
Composer Anh Bang & Performers of Asia Entert. in Concerts Tour of Australia in Sept. 2011



Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au