Dear Friends,

It is impossible to gather complete information on Sorry Day activities, 
since many communities organise their own events without informing anyone 
outside the community. But the media likes to know what is happening, so we 
have prepared this summary of the events we know about.

Hoping you can take part in one of these events - or organise your own.

Best wishes,

John Bond
National Sorry Day Committee
Tel (02) 6281 0940
Fax (02) 6285 3616

MEDIA RELEASE, 19 May 2002


On Sunday 26 May, Sorry Day will be commemorated across the country.

Aboriginal communities will remember the children who were removed. Bridge 
walks, barbecues, concerts will take place in cities, towns and rural 
centres as a further step on the Journey of Healing. Former Prime Minister 
Malcolm Fraser, a patron of the Journey, will take part in a press 
conference in Melbourne. The other patron, Doris Pilkington Garimara, 
author of Rabbit-Proof Fence, will lead a forum in Perth. Available for 
comment will be Sorry Day Committee Co-chairs Audrey Ngingali Kinnear (0408 
823 450) and John Brown (0417 209 076). They welcome the growth in 
understanding, in the past year, of the effect of forced removal though the 
feature film Rabbit-Proof Fence and other productions such as last week's 
Blue Heelers, which focused on the role of the police in removing children.

In MELBOURNE at the Aborigines Advancement League, 2 Watt Street, 
Thornbury, a Welcome to Country at 9.45am will be followed by a multi-faith 
service, and at 11.30am a press conference chaired by Dr Lillian Holt of 
Melbourne University. Participants will include former Prime Minister 
Malcolm Fraser, Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Keith Hamilton, 
musician Kutcha Edwards and Link-Up worker Nicole Cassar. From 1pm a 
concert will feature Kutcha Edwards and Brolga Boys. Contact: Jennifer 
Rose, Ph: (03) 9637 8025 or 0418 346 825. [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Other Sorry Day events are taking place around Melbourne - at La Trobe 
University (Contact Nellie Green, 9479 3817), Nillumbik Shire Council, 
Swinburne University of Technology (Contact Jacinta Fletcher, 9215 7208), 
Healesville (Contact Robyn Sommers, 9294 6206), Banyule City Council 
(Contact Peter Harvey, 9499 4404).

Events will also take place in country towns. In Ballarat, where there were 
four institutions for stolen generations children, the Mayor will preside 
at a Sorry Day gathering, 2.30pm on 26th, MacDonald's Bandstand, Lake 
Wendouree. Maureen Riches-Brown, 03 5342 4125

In CANBERRA over 1,000 people are expected to walk across Commonwealth 
Bridge, starting at midday, arriving in Commonwealth Park for a barbecue 
and concert. Attractions include children's activities, ethnic foods, 
stalls and displays. From 1.00pm on Stage 88 Jimmy Little and other 
Indigenous musicians (including Dale Huddleston and his band) will sing and 
Lowitja O'Donoghue, Tim Costello and ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope will 
speak. At 7pm Prof O'Donoghue will be the main speaker at an ecumenical 
service at the newly-opened Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 
Blackall St, Barton. Contact: John Bond, 6281 0940, Thorwald Lorenzen, 6295 

In BRISBANE the day will begin with ceremonies at the plaques commemorating 
the 15 institutions in Brisbane that held stolen generation children. At 
10am people will gather at the Riverstage in the Botanical Gardens for an 
opening ceremony, then join a silent 'Walk for Healing' over the Goodwill 
Bridge, through Southbank to Musgrave Park, where a family festival will be 
compered by Ernie Dingo, with Kev Carmody and many other performers. Lord 
Mayor Jim Soorley will speak. There will be an exhibition of stolen 
generations art. Gillian Brannigan 07 3255 0855 or 0439 038 066

A Tent Embassy at the University of Queensland, May 20-24, will host 
speakers and forums on the stolen generations and related issues. Over 200 
will attend a Sorry Day dinner at the University on 24 May. . Contact: 
Terry McLaughlin, President, Indigenous Student Association, UQ Tel 07 3377 

See for events on the GOLD COAST, SUNSHINE COAST, 
ROCKHAMPTON, CAIRNS, TOOWOOMBA. Contact: Judi Wickes 07 5476 5209

At the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE the day will be marked with a Message Sticks 
feast of musical performances from Romaine Moreton, Kerrianne Cox, Emma 
Donovan and others. ATSIC Commissioner Murrundoo Yanner will speak. Media 
enquiries: Emma Heath 02 9328 0762 or 0413 768 588 [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sorry Day Co-chair Audrey Kinnear will be guest speaker at a family day at 
Parramatta Park, which will include former residents of Kinchella Boys 
Home, who are starting a 'journey home'. Contact: Frank Edwards. 0417 049 
613. See for details of events in HORNSBY, 

In TASMANIA hundreds will take the ferry to Bruny Island, site of the first 
child removals, where there will be a concert and barbecue at Murrayfield 
Farm, Bruny Island (Main Rd, Bruny Island - approx 9.5 km from the ferry) 
starting at 12.30pm. Free buses have been arranged from Hobart and 
Launceston. Contact: Debra Chandler (03) 6278 3223 or 0417 358 363 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] or Pamela Mears 6234 8766.

In DARWIN there will be a free barbecue and entertainment in the Water 
Gardens, Freshwater Rd, Jingili, noon until 4pm, 26th May. Contact Dan 
Davies, 8985 6916 or [EMAIL PROTECTED] In KATHERINE, a Healing Day 
will be held at Kalano on May 25, starting with a bridge walk. Meet at the 
BP on Stuart Highway at 9am. There will be traditional dancing, BBQ lunch, 
a cake cut by stolen generations Elders, local musicians, games for 
children. Contact Pam Viti, (08) 8971 2716 Sharon Manhire Tel (08) 8922 

In TENNANT CREEK a family event will be held at Mary-Ann Dam. Contact Helen 
Kane, 08 8962 1114

In PERTH, there will be a family commemorative day at the Cyril Jackson 
Recreation Centre, Fisher St, Ashfield from 11.00am. Speakers include 
Bassendean Mayor Greg Peterson, Doris Pilkington and Sir Ronald Wilson, 
plus entertainment There will also be a youth forum and exhibition based on 
Rabbit Proof Fence, and a forum on the impact of removal policies on 
children of the Stolen Generations. Contact: Rosalie Fraser and Ann Hunter, 
0418 912 478 [EMAIL PROTECTED]

In ADELAIDE, a BBQ will be held in Victoria Square (Tandanyangga) from 1pm. 
Then a book of Nunga stories, poems, music and art will be launched at 
Pilgrim Church, off the Square. Contact: Ivan Copley, 0413 431 246, 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]; Sid Graham, (08) 8367 8904 or 0428 101 660 or Patrick 
Byrt, Ph: (08) 8362 1199 or (08) 83442806

Contact for Journey of Healing in SA,
SA Chairperson, Rev Sid Graham (8367 8904)
c/- PO Box 4018, NORWOOD SOUTH, S.A. 5067


A d e l a i d e  E v e n t  N o t i c e

Sunday May 26th from 1PM.

Journey of Healing / Sorry Day 2002 Sunday, May 26
Begins with a BBQ in Victoria Square (Tarndanyangga) - contact Julia Pitman 

After lunch, join us at Pilgrim Church, off the Square in Flinders Street. 
Be part of the launch of a Nunga Book, Share in Stories, Poems, Music and 
Art followed by a Nunga Fellowship 3.00pm to 5.30pm." - for further details 
(and fliers) contact Ivan Copley, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Contact for Journey of Healing in SA,
SA Chairperson, Rev Sid Graham (8367 8904)
c/- PO Box 4018, NORWOOD SOUTH, S.A. 5067


For more detailed information, see or contact 
Diana Plater: (02) 9389 6337, 0419 692 502, [EMAIL PROTECTED], also to 
arrange interviews.


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