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Photographs supplied by Russell Byers

The artwork commemorates political activist, Dr. Evelyn Scott, A.O (1935 - 2017) and recognises her contribution to reconciliation in Australia. 

Three cast bronze slivers create the focus of the Women Artwork. The concave etched copper surface of each sliver presents a biographical sketch of Dr Faith Bandler, Lady Jessie Street and Dr Evelyn Scott. The artwork serves to remind us of the determination of these women and their collective contribution to Reconciliation in Australia, including through their roles in the 1967 Referendum.

The slivers are arranged to form a contemplative space adjacent to a circular seat, which incorporates an audio feature comprising personal reflections by Dr Faith Bandler, Dr Evelyn Scott and Sir Laurence Street. Two key words and a quotation feature on the convex side of each sliver, highlighting personal values or qualities particular to each individual. Incorporated into the surrounding pavement are additional words embodying qualities and values considered mutually important to all three women.

The artwork patterning was designed by Thanakupi (Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher), a personal friend of Evelyn Scott.

Evelyn Scott began her political activism in the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advancement League in the 1960s. It culminated in her chairmanship of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in the late 1990s.

For much of her life, Evelyn Scott has been a tireless advocate of social justice for Indigenous peoples across Australia. Scott has devoted herself to the cause of Reconciliation, believing that 'true Reconciliation is critical for this nation if it is to go into the future as a mature, harmonious society at peace with itself'.

Scott was actively involved in the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) and the landmark 'yes'; campaign for the 1967 Referendum. After serving in a variety of community and government positions, she was Chairperson of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation between 1997 and 2000.




Address:King Edward Terrace, Reconciliation Place, Parkes, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.298993
Long: 149.133662
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:People
Designer:Sliver -Belinda Smith, Rob Tindal (artists), Jennifer Marchant (graphic designer), Artwork Patterning- Thankupi
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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