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Brewarrina Mission connects past and present to Indigenous culture and heritage

by Availability of Information, Integrity of Information, Missing Archives and Heritage, Systemic Failure

The organisers of an inaugural open day at one of Australia’s largest former Aboriginal missions hope the event will become a national movement towards Indigenous reconciliation.

The separation of Aboriginal families during the operation of the Brewarrina mission was one of the reasons historical records were provided on the open day.

Mr Williamson said there was scope to work with researchers to develop an archive by tracing records scattered across Australia and around the world.

For Ms Frail-Green, the concept of gathering long lost records would be very beneficial in helping those raised on the mission, like her great aunt, learn more about their family heritage.

“There are going to be many people who don’t have any records of where their traditional families come from, so that can make it very hard for services like Link Up to try and trace back [their family heritage].” [Said Ms Frail-Green]


Read More: ABC, 12 April 2021.

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