Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation took part in a project recently, producing a piece of artwork (by Aunty Fay Moseley) for a plaque, which is now displayed on Platform 1 at Sydney Central Station.
Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink have been working on this project led by Aboriginal Employment Unit (AEU), which relates to recommendations 11, 12 and 13 of the NSW Governments Unfinished Business Report. The NSW Government, in collaboration with Stolen Generations organisations in NSW, were to establish a memorial in a significant location in Sydney, to commemorate members of the Stolen Generations and their history.
Transport for NSW acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families and communities due to past government policies and practices. These children are known as the Stolen Generations. Platform 1 is where these children arrived, and were separated from their siblings and sent to institutions throughout the state. Some of these children never made it home, living their lives disconnected from their families and communities and not knowing their true heritage. This memorial is dedicated to the Stolen Generations and their descendants.
The unveiling ceremony was held on the 3rd December 2018, which was saw Coota Girls Corporation representatives and fellow Stolen Generations and their descendants in attendance. A/Chief Executive Sydney Trains, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and many more stakeholders also gathered for the event. As mentioned, the plaque is a part of an ongoing, broader project. If you would be interested in contributing or would like more information, please contact us for further details. We look forward reporting to the next phase of the project.