The Aboriginal Memorial


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The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88 is now in the specially designed gallery at the entry of the new Stage 1 building housing permanent displays of Indigenous Australian art.

In its new location this important work can be viewed from all sides, as well as from above. The use of natural light further highlights this significant Indigenous installation which comprises 200 traditional hollow log coffins or poles—one for each year of European settlement and representing the Aboriginal people who died defending their land and denied a proper burial. The poles were made by 43 artists, both male and female, primarily from Ramingining and several surrounding communities in Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory, Australia.

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