Wantima

Subtitle

Apology Day

Nadine McDonald - Dowd
2008

(Member)
Jeremy Robertson
2008

Natalie Alberts

2008


(Right)

Sam Wagan Watson Jr.
2008
Anna Bligh
2008

(Premier of Queensland)
Tiga Bayles
2008
Quentin Bryce
2008

(Governor of Queensland)

National Apology Day

The National Apology Day was celebrated on 13th February 2013.  This is the fifth anniversary marking the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology speech to Indigenous Australians to Parliament.

It is remembered as a significant moment, not only in the history of Australian national life, but as a day when Federal Parliament was the most appropriate place for such a statement to be made, broadcast nationally to homes, workplaces and public spaces. It is a day which highlighted the symbolic role of Canberra as the national capital. Similar significance is also attached to 3 June, Mabo Day, when the decision overturning Terra Nullius took place in the High Court in Canberra.


http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/750/national-apology-day/

To celebrate this event the State Library of Queensland has placed five digital stories on line for clients to view.  These stories come from the 7995 Apology Project digital stories and oral history collection, which can be located at http://hdl.handle.net/10462/eadarc/183

The Apology Project Digital Stories reflect several peoples experiences during this momentous event, Jeremy Robertson, Tiga Bayles, Natalie Alberts, Sam Wagan, Nadine McDonald-Dowd, Anna Bligh and Quentin Bryce AC, in her position as the previous Governor of Queensland.
Nadine McDonald-Dowd [Digital story].  John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/5.  who remembers travelling to Canberra with her mother at attend the Apology. She talks about her mother's experiences and how the Apology helped her come to terms with her past.

Jeremy Robertson [Digital story]. John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/1 who talks about his experiences at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA), contending with racial stereotypes and what Kevin Rudd's apology meant to him.

Tiga Bayles [Digital story]. John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/2 who reflects on attending the Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples at Parliament House, Canberra on 13 Februrary 2008. He also talks about the experiences of members of the Stolen Generation and what the apology means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Natalie Alberts [Digital story]. John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/3 who talks about how Government policies affected her family, growing up at Cherbourg, Woorabinda and northern Queensland. She recalls the emotion of organising an event at the Musgrave Park Cultural Centre on the day of the Apology.

Sam Wagan Watson Jr. [Digital story]. John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/4 who recalls working as a security supervisor on an industrial site the night before the Apology and how he came to process the meaning of the Prime Minister's speech.

Anna Bligh [Digital story]. John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/6 the then Premier of Queensland (2008), shares her opinions on how past legislation has impacted upon Aboriginal people. She talks particularly about the removal of Aboriginal children from their families, and how a bipartisan apology is important for improving conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Quentin Bryce [Digital story]. John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland) reference number: 7995/7, who was in 2008 referred to as Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, as Governor of Queensland, talks about her emotional response to the Prime Minister's apology, her role in Indigenous issues and how she first learnt about the Stolen Generation in 1978.


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