Plaque acknowledging Wanthaurong Peoples in grounds of St Mary’s Basilica Geelong
MEDIA RELEASE: 29 May 2015
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Brisbane Activist Returns to Birth City for Reconciliation Week
Brisbane social activist and photographer, Tony Robertson will attend his first Koori event in his birth city of Geelong this week.
Mr Robertson with some of his family members who live in Geelong will attend Reconciliation in the Park at Johnstone Park on Sunday 31st May from 10.00am-3.00pm
Reconciliation in the Park is a collaborative event supported by Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group & Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd with The Gordon, Geelong Gallery & Narana Creations
“I am excited to join the celebrations during National Reconciliation Week with the local First Nations peoples about whom nothing was taught when I was a young student in Geelong in the 1960s.” he said.
Mr Robertson lived in Geelong from 1953 – 1971 attending school at St Patrick’s Primary in Geelong West and St. Joseph’s College , Newtown.
“This was an era when one of my local footy heroes was “ Polly” Farmer yet I never once heard any reference to his Aboriginal origins. Now when I visit Geelong I am proud to see a public acknowledgement of the Wathaurong people in the grounds of St Mary’s Basilica” he said.
Mr Robertson has photographed and documented First Nations peoples in his home city of Brisbane as well as a series in the Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) community in the Northern Territory. One of his Indigenous political images has recently featured in an exhibition at the British Museum.
Mr Robertson said: “Although I am visiting Geelong for my Year 12 reunion, the opportunity to attend my first Koori event in my birth city marks another milestone for me “
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