State of Emergency opens….

On Sunday 30th September, we officially opened the new exhibition in kuril dhagun, State of Emergency. It was a strong gathering of community who were able to view the exhibition in full and also hear some wonderful reflective stories from Uncle Bob Weatherall and Budger Davidson about those days in Brisbane.

Exhibition Curator Katina Davidson and Uncle Bob Weatherall

Exhibition Curator Katina Davidson and Uncle Bob Weatherall

Uncle Bob spoke fondly of those who were beside him on the streets, in the park organising and those who put up the fight and still do to this very day. His stories were empowering and inspirational and you get a true feeling for the importance of what was done in 1982.

Budger Davidson

Budger Davidson

Budger Davidson reflected on the militancy of people and the need to be seen and heard at a time when all liberties were being stripped from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people determined to have their say.

It is amazing to think that back in 1982, anyone wearing the colours of the Aboriginal Flag or indeed wearing any political slogans on their t-shirts could be arrested.

State Library of Queensland Staff

State Library of Queensland Staff

Everyone then gathered outside in the Talking Circle for a BBQ special!

BBQ in the Talking Circle

BBQ in the Talking Circle

There are many people who have given up their time, told their stories, donated images and contributed to State of Emergency. We know that there are more stories out there so please, if you have any questions contact kuril dhagun at kdhagun@slq.qld.gov.au.

For more information: www.slq.qld.gov.au

Online gallery: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/showcase/state-of-emergency