Author: Tony Robertson

The Journey Home – Sorry Day 2017

On 7 February 1997 Brisbane City Council, churches and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities began a series of events entitled Kul-gun Da ‘Lo-bol’ pa – The Journey Home, to recognise the Stolen Generation. Indigenous Elders led a procession to City Hall where they were formally welcomed by the Lord Mayor. Cultural and historical ceremonies were conducted to mark the start of a healing process and a commemorative plaque was placed near City Hall. National Sorry Day In 1998, commemorative Sorry Day plaques were installed by Council in Brisbane parks as a mark of respect, apology and remembrance...

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West End says “Sorry”

The remains of a stone staircase in Orleigh Park becomes a sacred site every year as the local community gathers to honour Sorry Day in West End, Brisbane. The old concrete stairway is all that remains of the Cranbrook Aboriginal Girls’ Home. In the late 19th century the Aboriginal girls home was established at Cranbrook at what is now Orleigh Park on the banks of the Brisbane River. It was closed in 1906 after continuous complaints from inmates and public concerns about the living conditions and the treatment of the girls. Girls that were taken from their families were...

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