National Sorry Day Event in Marrickville – Thursday May 26 at 6.00pm

Sorry Day 2016Members of the public are invited to participate in a National Sorry Day event to be held in Marrickville on Thursday May 26. The event will involve a candle lit walk along the Cooks River during which two Aboriginal interpretative sites will be visited.

The walk will be led by local Wiradjuri woman, Jennifer Newman, and will begin at Richardsons Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park (cnr Richards Avenue and Holt Crescent) at 6.00pm. Torch candles will be made available.

National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held on May 26 since 1998 to commemorate the ill-treatment of the country’s indigenous population. During the 20th century, the policies of Australian governments generated a Stolen Generation comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were separated, often forcibly, from their families with the aim of turning them into white Australians.

The date May 26 refers to the date when the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in the Federal Parliament on May 26, 1997.

The annual National Sorry Day commemorations help sustain an awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on both the children that were taken and their families and communities.

Refer to the leaflet here for details of the event.

Anzac Day Reflection 2016

Tree Planting Anzac Day 2016An Anzac Day Reflection was held at Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park on Monday April 25 from 10.00am to 11.00am.

Organised by GCPC, this ‘Hour of Reflection’ attracted over 65 people. Unlike official Anzac Day commemorations, it offered participants an opportunity to reflect on all victims of war including:

  • Those who died in battle;
  • Those who were maimed physically and/or psychologically;
  • Those who suffered on the home front;
  • Those who opposed conscription and war.

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Public Forum on WW1, the Case of Fr Jerger and Civil Liberties

Fr Charles Jerger

On Sunday November 22, a public forum on the internment of Passionist Priest, Fr Charles Jerger, during WW1 and his subsequent deportation in July 1920, was held in Marrickville.

Co-hosted by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign and St Brigid’s Parish, the forum was addressed by three speakers: Dr Janice Garaty, Assoc Prof Douglas Newton and Dr Peter Manning.

What follows is a review of the three presentations. Continue reading Public Forum on WW1, the Case of Fr Jerger and Civil Liberties

Launch of Marrickville Peace Park

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The Solidarity Choir

The official launch of Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park took place on Sunday November 8. The event attracted around 80 people.

Speakers included John Butcher (GCPC Convenor), Allan Barnes (Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee), Clr Sam Iskandar (Mayor, Marrickville Council), Clr Sylvie Ellsmore (Marrickville Council), Linda Burney MP and Jo Haylen MP.

The Solidarity Choir sang a number of songs during the launch. Continue reading Launch of Marrickville Peace Park

New signage installed in Marrickville Peace Park

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Marrickville Peace Park Signage

Congratulations to Marrickville Council for recently installing new signage in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park. Refer to the photos of the signage below.

The original proposal to have Richardson’s Lookout re-named a Peace and Reconciliation Park was initiated by the Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC) in early 2014 in anticipation of the Gallipoli Centenary commemoration in April 2015.1

The reasons for this initiative were set out in GCPC’s Mission Statement which stated:

“The Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign does not believe that Australia as a nation was born in war. We honour and respect all Australians who have died and suffered in war both overseas and in Australia’s frontier wars and respect the contribution and suffering of their families and loved ones. We also honour and respect all those who have pursued the path of non-violent resolution of national and international conflicts. Continue reading New signage installed in Marrickville Peace Park

On Forgetting the Second Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945

Prof Rana Mitter
Prof. Rana Mitter

China will be holding a major military parade in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 on September 3, one day after the anniversary of Japan’s official surrender on September 2, 1945.

Noteworthy is the fact that the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe won’t be going, neither will US President Barak Obama, nor British Prime Minister David Cameron or any major western leader. Australia will be represented by Senator Michael Ronaldson, the Minister for Veterans Affairs. Continue reading On Forgetting the Second Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945