As part of Hume City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022 commitments, Council is working in partnership with the community to develop and install a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in Hume.
- The Marker will pay tribute to the Stolen Generations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and denied their identity, family, traditional culture and country through race-based policies implemented by State and Federal Governments between 1910 and the 1970s.
- The Marker will acknowledge the harm caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities across the nation and will serve as a reminder about the terrible injustice caused by successive governments on Aboriginal people and the impacts it is still causing today.
- Hume City Council is committed to recognising the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families impacted by these past policies, and the installation of a permanent Marker will serve to provide a place for Stolen Generations and all Australians to reflect on historical wrongs and help our communities to find a sense of peace, identity and belonging.
- The location of the Stolen Generations Marker will be determined through a consultation process with members of the Stolen Generations and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and especially those that have a strong connection to the area. As part of Hume City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2022 commitments, Council is undertaking a project to develop a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in the Hume area.
Current status of project:
Based on community consultation and guidance from the Stolen Generations Marker Working Group, two sites will progress to the next stage for consideration and they are:
- The Wetlands Site in Malcolm Creek Reserve, Craigieburn
- The Redgum Site in Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Hume Stolen Generations Marker Location Video presentation
In late 2020, Hume City Council conducted an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to select a group of artists to design concepts for the future Stolen Generations Marker. The successful artists that will move to the next stage are:
- Fiona Clarke: a Kirrae Whurrong artist living in Sunshine who has previously created public artwork for Metro Trains, Cricket Australia, and City of Greater Dandenong.
- Thomas Marks: a Gunaikurnai artist from Gippsland living in Ballarat who has delivered exhibitions across Melbourne and as part of the Torch project and is a member of the Stolen Generations.
- Karen Lovett: a Gunditjmara artist living in Broadmeadows who has produced public artworks for the City of Hume, gallery exhibitions and is a member of the Stolen Generations.
- Robert Young: a Gunnai/Waradgerie artist who has previously produced public art works for Yarra Valley Water, Yarra Ranges City Council.
Artists are currently developing their concepts to suit one of the locations noted above.
Concepts will be considered by a Selection Panel in March and Council hopes to endorse a design and location in May.
If you’re interested in confidentially sharing your stories, suggestions, comments or feedback please contact the project team on the details below:
Corey Williams 9205 2377
David Henry 9205 2448
By Post: Corey Williams, Community Development Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas, VIC, 3047.
If you would like to receive updates on the Stolen Generations Marker Project and find out how you can have your say, please register your details.
Privacy and confidentiality People’s privacy and confidentiality will be respected before, during and after community engagement activities have taken place. Participants’ personal information will remain confidential and will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2001 and Council’s Information Privacy and Health Records Procedure.
For further information about the Stolen Generations see the Healing Foundation’s Fact Sheet