Call for memorabilia recognising Aboriginal service men and women
From 16th June Griffith Regional Art Gallery will be presenting one of its most moving and important exhibitions - the Australian War Memorial’s exhibition For Country, for Nation commemorating Indigenous service men and women. The Gallery is asking local families who may have information and materials about local Wiradjuri service men and women to be part of a special NAIDOC week event.
Coordinator of Griffith Regional Art Gallery Ray Wholohan said, “For Nation For Country is the first Memorial exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service. It is a fantastic exhibition but we know it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to telling these important stories, and there are many unsung Indigenous service heroes in our own community."
Mr Wholohan said, “The Griffith War Memorial has some materials about local Aboriginal service men and women, but we are putting the call out to anyone who may have stories to tell and mementos or documents about other local Aboriginal service personnel. We are offering families the opportunity to share those materials and stories with the community at a special event at the Gallery on Thursday 12th July during NAIDOC week.”
People wishing to contribute or share materials and stories about local Aboriginal service men and women in conjunction with the For Nation For Country exhibition are asked to contact Mr Wholohan at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery at 167 Banna Avenue Griffith or by calling (02) 6962 8338.
Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends from 11am to 2pm.