|The Grieving Mother figure at Colebrook Reconciliation Park|
|"My baby, my baby..."|
"My baby, my baby, please give back my baby."
A mother's words fall upon the deaf ears of authority.
Hearts break, tears fall, fear cries out
from the wrenched hands and arms of a mother and child separated.
Feel the pain, touch the ache, caress the tears.
Through ignorance and indifference came the disruption and destruction of family life.
~ AVIS EDWARDS, FORMER RESIDENT OF COLEBROOK HOME
For a brief period of time during the 1990’s, I was involved with the campaign to turn the site of the former mission (or home), into a permanent memorial to a generation of children who became known as the ‘Stolen Generation’. By 1998, following the success of the campaign involving a local reconciliation group and the Tji Tji Tjuta (former residents) of Colebrook Home, the Colebrook Reconciliation Park was born. In consultation with former residents of the home, a local artist, Silvio Apponyi, was commissioned to create a number of statues to install on site.
The finished works are the Pool of Tears, created in 1998, and Grieving Mother installed in 1999.
|One of the figures on the Pool of Tears memorial|
|Background information on site at Colebrook Reconciliation Park|
Sadly, over time, many children eventually lost most, if not all, of their language, culture and identity. When some of these children finally met their parents many years later, it was almost impossible for parent and child to bridge the language and culture gap. Tragically, some children never saw their parents again.
|"We are the stolen children..."|
|A montage of former residents of Colebrook House|
Former residents hold 'campfire' gatherings for adult groups and for school and university students, where they share their stories and achieve reconciliation through creation of compassion and empathy.
|Another view of the Pool of Tears|
~ Admission is Free
~ Visits can be self guided or can be arranged for group
~ Guest speakers can be organised for a fee
Getting There (see map below)
On Shepherds Hill Road (next to Karinya Reserve), Eden Hills.
Bus 728 or 729 from the City to bus stop 29B, Shepherds Hills Road, Eden Hills
Off-street parking available
Tji Tji Tjuta, Mandy Brown
The Blackwood Reconciliation Group Meets on the first Wednesday of Each Month
Contact Dennis Matthews via email: deebeemat[@]adam.com.au
Colebrook Blackwood Reconciliation Park…
Here is a short video I shot of the Colebrook Reconciliation Park
Music is by the Aboriginal artist, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. The song is Bapa (Father), from his debut album Gurrumul.
Google Map showing location of Colebrook Reconciliation Park: