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In Living Memory

In Living Memory

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** Exhibition extended until 28 July 2022 **

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this exhibition contains content relating to the Stolen Generations and related grief and trauma. The exhibition also contains photographs of people who have passed away.

As part of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the NSW Apology to the Stolen Generations, until 29 June, visitors to NSW Parliament can see a special display of photographs, stories and information about the Stolen Generations along the Parliament's Reconciliation Wall.

The display features:

  • Selected photographs from In Living Memory – an exhibition of photos from the records of the Aborigines Welfare Board (1919-1966), which feature alongside information about the former Bombaderry Aboriginal Children's Home, Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls' Home and Kinchela Aboriginal Boys' Home. The original In Living Memory exhibition was developed by NSW State Archives and Records with community consultation and participation, and a small selection has returned for display during the Parliament's after Sorry event.

  • The NSW Stolen Generations Institutions Map (1900-1980) – featured recently at the Australian Museum as part of exhibition Unsettled, the map identifies numerous locations across the state where children of the Stolen Generations were taken, clustered around large cities and towns far from their homes. The map was created with data from The Healing Foundation.

This Reconciliation Wall display has been curated by Aboriginal Affairs and coincided with after Sorry, a special event to mark the 25th anniversary of the NSW Apology to the Stolen Generations held at NSW Parliament on 7 June.

A message to Survivors, from Aboriginal Affairs:

We acknowledge that the story told about the Stolen Generations in this small exhibition is incomplete and may not reflect your experience. The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the stories of the Stolen Generations – both individual and collective – are respectfully recorded and preserved with permission of Survivors. Aboriginal Affairs NSW in partnership with the NSW State Library and Create NSW is currently working on a Survivor Stories project. If you would like more information about the project and how we can help you with your story please do not hesitate to reach out to the Aboriginal Historical Records Team at familyhistory@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au or on 1800 019 998.