About 500 people turned out to support the unveiling of a Reconciliation Memorial Plaque in Cameraygal Country at Woodford Bay, Longueville, on Saturday, 7 February, 2004.
The Plaque reads:
“Memorial Plaque to honour and recognise the Cameraygal people who defended their Country by resisting British invasion”
The plaque and ceremony were a co-operative venture of Lane Cove Council, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation and the Lane Cove Historical Society. The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, and Chairperson of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Robert Welsh, unveiled the plaque.
The Welcome to Country address was delivered by Charles (Chicka) Madden, an Eora Elder, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.
In attendance at the ceremony were several Aboriginal elders, Lane Cove Mayor John May who gave an address, Convenor of Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation Kerry McKenzie who gave the closing address, Senator Aden Ridgeway, Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts, Lane Cove Council General Manager Peter Brown and Councillors Stephen Bowers, Frances Vissel, Rod Tudge, Fay Worner and Kay Freedman. Apologies received by Crs Mary Rawlings and Ian Longbottom.
There were also representatives from many local faith groups, including Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian and Baha‘i groups, who provided the refreshments. Support was also provided by local scouts, Willoughby/Lane Cove SES and several Lane Cove businesses including Len Wallis Audio Lane Cove, Kennards Hire in Artarmon, Sea of Hands ANTaR and St John Ambulance.
The speeches from the day are available below:-.
For a copy of Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir’s (AC) Speech
Mayor of Lane Cove Woodford Bay Speech
Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Robert Welsh’s Speech
Convenor of Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation, Kerrie McKenzie’s Speech
Copy of the program available for download
Copy of the Historical Statement, handed out at the ceremony available for download.