Posts tagged Aboriginal heritage
Posts tagged Aboriginal heritage
Commissioner of Native Affairs after A O Neville, Mr F Bray did not manage to keep as tight a reign of control over the department, illustrated by an anecdote about him being ‘chased through the corridors…by an irate Aboriginal woman with the fire hose, its canvas loops unrolling behind her, intent on giving Mr Bray a good hiding’.
Pat Jacobs Mister Neville: a biography, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1990, p 271
This is the side gate at National Trust property 57 Murray Street, Perth (Chief Secretary/Public Health Department [fmr]), currently undergoing major conservation works.
The Former Public Health and Medical Department building at 57 Murray St was home to a range of government departments which operated from 1912 to the 1990s, including the Public Health and Medical Department and Department of Aborigines and Fisheries.
Many of 57 Murray Street’s exceptional cultural heritage values reflect the State’s control over and surveillance of stigmatised bodies, and the State’s intervention with individual lives, whether Aboriginal or diseased, for most part of twentieth century.
Diseased or Aboriginal people were not permitted to use the front doors but had to use this side access and sit on exposed verandahs waiting to be seen.
The Rivers tell us about ourselves, our communities and our values. The Rivers of Emotion project explores the deep emotional significance for historic and contemporary peoples who have drawn upon the Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beelier/ the Swan and Canning Rivers as a functional, pleasure and spiritual resource. Please visit our page to find out more.
Conserving Trust property 57 Murray St, Perth, is the latest project of the National Trust (WA).
Built in 1912 to house the Public Health Department, the building reflects the history of the State’s approach to public health until the 1970s.
The control of Tuberculosis and infectious disease prevention through environmental regulation and personal hygiene were major campaigns.
The building also housed the Department of Aborigines from 1922 to 1945 and most significantly the office of Chief Protector AO Neville.
Neville’s policies of assimilation and absorption resulted in the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families and the systematic oppression and control of Aboriginal people across the State.
New tenants are being sought and work is expect to continue into late 2013.
The miner, Fortescue Metals Group, has admitted to the destruction of Aboriginal sites at its Solomon Hub project in Western Australia’s Pilbara.
1. Recognition is acknowledging the past, reconciling the present and developing partnerships for the future.
2. Recognition is acknowledging the significance of the Old Farm Strawberry Hill property to the Minang people, of Albany
3. Recognition is Valuing Our Heritage Photography & Story Winner – 2011 Gurrumul Rock (see attached photo)
Gurrumul Rock, Rory Charles, Riverlands School (Year 1-3)
A long time ago there was an old man who looked after the bush really well. All the animals were his friends and were not frightened of him. They were really close to him. They ate food out of his hand. They told him when something bad was happening. They told him what they were saying because he was an animal lover. One day he was watching down below when some gardia came on a big animal. He held up his spear to frighten them but they had stronger spears that made the biggest bang and hurt him. He pretended that he was dead and soon they went away. Gurrumul was bleeding so he picked up the sand from the ground and rubbed it into his wounds. Slowly he turned to stone. Today he sits on the top of the hill and looks out across the country. He sees all the changes that have happened. He sees us kids come and play near him and he is happy because he wants us to be in the bush. He wants us to learn the way to walk quietly and find animals. He is happy that the land where he sits is in John Forrest National Park.
Gurrumul is not happy when he looks down at the valley and sees all the bush gone and lots of trails and huts and smoke. He wishes things could have stayed how they were when his people looked after the land.
He worries for the people who are getting lost in that smoke. He talks to us when we sit quietly and he tells us to look after the bush so it will be there when we have children.
I love Gurrumul Rock because it reminds me to look after the land. If we forget this, the land will forget us and we will be gone.
4. Recognition is working in partnership with Aboriginal Foundations – Gabbie Kylie, Dowark and Ngalia http://www.ntwa.com.au/content/foundations
5. Recognition is educating students about 40 000 years of Australian History through courses on the Burrup Peninsula http://www.valuingheritage.com.au/Year_11_Burrup_Peninsula.html
Tens of thousands of the indigenous works, which are scattered over the mineral-laden region, will be researched and catalogued under a six-year agreement between the University of Western Australia and miner Rio Tinto.
The Tasmanian Government has cleared the way for a bridge to be built over the oldest evidence of human habitation in the southern hemisphere.
The Heritage Minister Brian Wightman has approved the final permit for the bridge, meaning construction can start on spanning an Aboriginal heritage site on the Jordan River levee.
About three million aboriginal artefacts dating back 40-thousand years were discovered on the banks of the Jordan River north of Hobart, during planning of the $176 million Brighton bypass project. The aboriginal community has been lobbying for an alternative route to the road, but the government has decided a 70 metre bridge will protect the relics. In a statement the secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Norm McIlfatrick says he will talk to the Aboriginal community about the nature and timing of any work, before it starts.
Aaron Everett from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre says protesters who are camped at the site will not be moving. “Someone’s got to stand up to this,” he said. “We don’t believe that he’s actually looked at the full details that it actually shows. “We believe that he’s actually ticking off on something that’s illegal.”
Greens Cabinet Minister Cassy O’Connor insists her party did not have a say about the final approval. Ms O’Connor says it was a statutory decision of the Minister which never came before the Cabinet. “The Greens never have, and never will, support the Brighton Bypass because we are passionate about the protection of Tasmania’s aboriginal cultural heritage,” she said.
“The problem that we have here of course is, we are simply five members in a 25 member Parliament, we simply don’t have the numbers.” “We are talking about the desecration of tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal cultural heritage and I’m absolutely sure that hearts are breaking in the Aboriginal community over this issue and their feeling of powerlessness to do anything about it.”