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The Council commissioned well known artist Matt Adnate to paint a mural dedicated to both the late William Cooper and the late Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls KCVO OBE MBE. 

Both William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls were chosen as part of the consultation process to recognise the local Aboriginal people, and both have been approved to feature in a mural by both the Rumbalara Elders Committee and also the Yorta Yorta Elders Committee. The families of both William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls have also been consulted by Council regarding the mural and have confirmed that they are honoured to have both individuals recognised as part of the project.

As part of this project, Council hopes to recognise additional local Aboriginal people and has confirmed that it will next dedicate a mural to two Aboriginal females selected by the Aboriginal Elders. The two Aboriginal females will be announced later in the year.

Sir Douglas Nicholls was an Indigenous AFL player, pastor, Indigenous rights and reconciliation campaigner and the first Indigenous Governor in Australia as Governor of South Australia. He was also the first Aboriginal Australian to be knighted. In honour of his legacy, the AFL's Indigenous Round is named after Sir Douglas, who played for Fitzroy in the 1930s.

William Cooper was an activist and community leader who was instrumental in campaigns for Aboriginal rights. He was also known for his protest against the treatment of Jews by Nazi Germany, organising a petition with the Australian Aboriginal League to condemn the persecution of the Jewish population following Kristallnacht.


Address:104 - 110 Fryers Street, Goulburn Valley Water , Shepparton, 3630
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.379674
Long: 145.402193
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:People
Designer:Matt Adnate
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 23rd May, 2017
Left Side Inscription

Dana Djirrungana
Dunguludja Yenbena -1
(Proud, Strong, Aboriginal People

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" You can play a tune on the piano`s black notes and you can play a tune on the white notes, but if you want harmony you`ve got to play on both."   

For more information on Sir Douglas Nicholls visit
www.greatershepparton.com.au/council/ major-projects/ aboriginal-street-art project

Source: MA, ADB
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