as part of Buderim Forest Nature Refuge
In 2009 Kabbarli, a service provider for Indigenous invalid and aged pensioners had a sorry day to which they invited relatives of clients who had died during the previous year. Rememberence plaques were installed for these people. Similar events happened in the three succeeding years. Paths and sitting places were developed in the adjoining bush and the family members of people with memorials there were invited to visit at any time. The Memorial garden now includes memorials to both Indigenous and non Indigenous people and some people have placed their relatives’ ashes there. Anyone is welcome to have a memorial plaque installed for a family member.
At the time the Memorial Gardens were established my sister, Sue Pill and I (Heather Johnston) were thinking a lot about the particular role of our ancestors, who were all early settlers, in the dispossession of the Indigenous people and we asked permission to say our family sorrys at the Kabbarli Sorry day.
We aim to educate the wider community about the history of colonization and the treatment of the Indigenous people. There have been many gatherings at the Green House and events organized by us in the wider community to remember the events of the Frontier Wars and dispossession of the Indigenous people. We have organized community events for Australia Day, Anzac day and sorry Day and the like to raise public awareness of these events.
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