An Invitation to be Involved in Honouring the History of the East Armidale Aboriginal Reserve at the Community Garden

The community garden committee would like to pay homage to the significant community members and families that have shaped the history of the area now known as Narwan Village – a part of town that was previously designated the East Armidale Aboriginal Reserve.

We are hoping to host a commemorative event and design some information boards to share some of the history of the area. Because this part of town has been subject to colonial violence, and so holds traumatic histories, but has also been a place of community resilience and healing, we want to honour the people who have helped create strong communities under harsh conditions.

We also want to share this history with a wider group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, to let them know what really happened out here, how people were treated by the settler-colonial state, and how families and community have survived and thrived.

We would like to extend an invitation to the people who have spent time living on the area of the East Armidale Aboriginal Reserve, and/or who are descended from family members who were part of this community, to help the community garden committee work out the best ways to represent the history of the area. We hope to be able to support whatever initiatives the community agrees are best to honour and pay homage to this significant part of town and the individuals and families who have lived here.

 

To contact us directly, please email Kate Wright at kwrigh33@une.edu.au or Aunty Hazel Vale at hvale867@gmail.com