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.
Artist Expressions of Interest (EOIs)
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 EOI process attracted 5 applications and 4 artists that moved to the next stage included:
- 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.
Hume City Council hosted a workshop across the two sites to provide all the necessary information for concept development. Artists also had access to an Aboriginal Artist Mentor to assist in developing their concepts and to provide guidance along the way.
Artists developed their concepts to suit one of the preferred locations - Malcolm Creek Reserve (Wetlands Site) or Golden Sun Moth Park (Red Gum Site).
The artists presented their concepts to the Selection Panel in March 2021.
The Selection Panel made their recommendations to Hume City Council in April 2021, and a presentation was made by working group members to Councillors and Directors of the Council in June 2021.
Endorsement of the Stolen Generations Marker
On 15 June 2021, Hume City Council endorsed Gunnai/Waradjurie artist Robert Young to create the Stolen Generations Marker in Hume.
Robert’s design Covered in the Creator is a metal representation of a possum skin cloak. The cloak will be co-located with a graphic depiction of a canoe – representing the journey – and positioned next to a seat in the shape of a coolamon – representing childhood.
The Marker will be located at the Wetland Site in Craigieburn, near the Malcolm Creek and Centennial Park Drive and is expected to be completed in March 2022.
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
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