The Bundanoon Club, the Bundanoon Bowling Club and the Bundanoon Croquet Club and other members of the Bundanoon community will come together for the presentation of an Aboriginal Flag on 16th May at 3:30 pm. Please join us at the Bundanoon Club on that Sunday.
One of our members Lee Borradale has provided us with the background -
"The flag together with the Australian flag is to be flown during Reconciliation Week starting the 27th of May. The date is significant as the 27th of May 1967 was the day that an Australian referendum gave the Federal Government the power to make laws for Indigenous Australians in states and to count Aboriginals as citizens for the first time. The amendments to the Constitution were overwhelmingly endorsed, winning 90.77% of votes cast and having majority support in all six states.
The flag offering is a symbol of reconciliation and a bringing together the 60,000 years of Aboriginal history together with the 200 years of white settlement. Together they represent Australian history. Australia remains a work in progress that calls for the contributions and the best of people. Reconciliation is part of that nation growing process.
It is a matter of fact that most of us know more about the USA Indian frontier wars than we do of our own, We know the names of the American Indian tribes (Iroquois, Blackfeet, Apache, Sioux, Mohicans as examples.) but very few of the more than 500 Aboriginal nations. The Aboriginal nation of the Southern Highlands is Gundangara. Think of the Aboriginal names in our district. (Bundanoon, Wingelo, Berrima, Bowral, Mittagong, Wingecarribee etc.)
I look forward to learning more as truth-telling unfolds and our history as a nation becomes better known. Australia is a work in progress."
Please join us on 16th May at 3:30 pm. At our Bundanoon Club.