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Woodford Bay Reconciliation Memorial Ceremony

'Journey of the Spirit '

 

* 1.45pm: People gather; honour guard of children assemble.

* 2.00pm: Arrival of Robert Welsh, Chairperson, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council & Party.

* 2.15pm: Arrival of Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC,

Governor of NSW & Party.

* MCs: Ricky Lyons: Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Charlene Davison: Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation.

Acknowledgement of Cameraygal Country.

Explanation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history of the area.

* Sacred Smoking Ceremony: Conducted by Budjedi Elder Uncle Max Eulo.

The Reconciliation Memorial Plaque is cleansed with Sacred Smoke.

* Song of Mourning: Performance on didgeridoo by Matthew Doyle.

* The Governor and Robert Welsh walk through the Sacred Smoke to

symbolize a cleansing.

* Dance of Mourning: Performance by the Garrabarra Dance Company.

* Sharing of the Sacred Smoke amongst all the people.

* Official Addresses: The Governor of NSW and the Chairperson M.L.A.L.C.

* Reconciliation Memorial Plaque: Joint unveiling by the Governor and the

Chairperson, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

* Welcome to Country: Charles (Chicka) Madden, Eora Elder, Metropolitan

Local Aboriginal Land Council; as now the Cameraygal spirits are free,

the land is cleansed and at peace; and all present have shared in

the Sacred Smoke and in the Ceremony itself.

Through Reconciliation a new beginning is open to us all.

* Mayoral Address: Councillor John May, Mayor of Lane Cove.

* 3.30pm: Close of Ceremony: Kerrie McKenzie, Convenor, Lane Cove

Residents for Reconciliation, gives formal thanks to Elders, Dignitaries, the

Performers of Ceremony and all who have contributed to and attended this

most historic Reconciliation Memorial Ceremony 'Journey of The Spirit'.

Everyone is invited for refreshments and to mingle together in the

Spirit of Reconciliation.

 

 

Woodford Bay Reconciliation

Memorial Ceremony

'Journey of the Spirit'

Saturday 7 February 2004: 1.30pm for 2.00pm Ceremony

Woodford Bay, Woodford St, Longueville.

In the presence of Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC

Governor of NSW

 

This ceremony is layered in meaning.

Traditionally it releases the spirits of the Cameraygal dead who

were denied their religious funeral rites by reason of the British invasion.

Ceremony releases them from limbo; their spirits free at last to

reach their home in the stars to begin their rebirth.

This Ceremony acknowledges the truths of our shared Australian history;

Recognition and Truth are the beginning of all Reconciliation.

 

Prior to the unveiling of the Reconciliation Memorial Plaque there will be a Sacred Smoking Ceremony, a Song of Mourning and a Dance of Mourning

 

MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO HONOUR AND RECOGNISE

THE CAMERAYGAL PEOPLE WHO DEFENDED

THEIR COUNTRY BY RESISTING BRITISH INVASION.

JOINTLY UNVEILED BY

HER EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR MARIE BASHIR AC

GOVERNOR OF NSW

ROBERT WELSH, CHAIRPERSON

METROPOLITAN LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

7 FEBRUARY 2004

​LANE COVE COUNCIL​LANE COVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
​METROPOLITAN LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL​LANE COVE RESIDENTS FOR RECONCILIATION
​COUNCILLOR JOHN MAY​PETER BROWN
​MAYOR​GENERAL MANAGER


 

​*Historical Context: (see inside)​*Program Details: (see back cover)