WA

WA Memorial

Located on James Street, Perth, in the grassed area in front of the WA Museum.

This memorial is jointly funded by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments and is dedicated to all Western Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children.

This memorial brings the “Forgotten Australians” out of the shadows and into the light.  Their most enduring legacy will be that the people now and in the future will know their stories and build upon them a platform for better care.

There is a strong thread that links the way a child is raised with the person they become in adulthood.  This memorial stands as a reminder of that thread to all who create policies that affect children.


The Coorlbaroo Club (WA)

The Coorlbaroo Club was a music venue in East Perth, founded by Aboriginal music fans and activists to create a place where culture could be shared, and political movements for equality nurtured.

Key people: Jack and Bill Poland, Helena Murphy, George Abdullah, Bill Bodney, Tommy Bropho.


The Native Union (WA)

The Native Union was formed by Aboriginal activists in WA. Its aim was “to secure equality for Aborigines in all spheres of West Australian cultural and social life”, through the establishment of cultural centres with educational facilities in metropolitan and country areas (State Library WA).

Key people: William Harris

Further Reading: "Early Aboriginal Civil Resistance in WA", Overland, 2018


Deputation to WA Premier

A group of Aboriginal men met with the WA Premier to advocate for repeal of the Aborigines Act 1905.

Key Organisations: The Native Union.

Key People: William Harris, Edward Harris, Norman Cleaver Harris, Algernon Kickett, Edward Jacobs, Wilfred Morrison, William Bodney.

Links: Western Mail, 15 March, 1928


The Leaving of Liverpool

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FACT

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Bringing Them Home Report

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Who Am I?

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Colonisation / European invasion

Before British colonisation there were hundreds of Aboriginal nations living in cultures of rich tradition which did not produce the so-called 'unwanted', 'friendless' or 'dangerous' children who European society opted to place in institutions and other placements apart from their families and loved ones.