Please see the link below to an article by Jeremy Jones on the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council website.
The Last Word: Demonstrating Decency
-Jeremy Jones of AIJAC’s comment on Barbara’s speech to Sydney Jewish Museum on the launch of her book
Below is an article I wrote at the request of Australian Jewish News (Melb ed) for the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
View a PDF of the Kristallnacht article.
Cairns will soon be celebrating NAIDOC Week and recognizing the contribution of Indigenous people to the life of the nation. An exciting new collection of Aboriginal art on the theme of Rainforest and Reef by rainforest Aboriginal artist Munganbana or Norman Miller will be exhibited during NAIDOC Week in the Cairns City Place. The work features landscapes, seascapes and riverscapes and features many of the animal, bird, plant and sea life of the region. The exhibition will be in the C.1907 Contemporary Artspace from 9-20 July from 10am – 6pm with free entry. An opening will be held on Thursday 11 July from 5.30-7.30pm with light refreshments at which Munganbana will be launching a “boomerang petition.” The art exhibition is sponsored by the Cairns Regional Council.
Munganbana says “I paint from who I am and I paint from the rich natural and cultural landscape that I am part of and which inspires me. I am inspired by my Creator, by my family and by my Aboriginal heritage as a member of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji tribes. I was born in Atherton and grew up at Wondecla in north Queensland. I am part of the rainforest Bama or people. My name is Munganbana which means ‘Mountain Water’ in the Jirrbal language. The name Mountain Water describes my work – powerful and peaceful – and the land from which I come – crystal cascades and volcanic lakes.”
Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE 28.6.13 Art Exhibition”
“Who would ever have thought that the grandson of Aboriginal rights campaigner William Cooper who tried to send a petition to King George V in 1938 would now be sending it to the King’s granddaughter Queen Elizabeth 11 in 2013, 75 years later. But that is exactly what Alf Turner (also known as Uncle Boydie) is doing” said Barbara Miller, part of a team helping him do it.
“Bipartisan support for the petition is rising” said Miller “with Opposition leader Tony Abbott signing it on the same day that the Journey to Recognition was launched at Federation Square in Melbourne. Education Minister Peter Garrett has also signed it as has Jeannette Powell, Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and former Australian Democrats Senator Aden Ridgeway and AFL legend Michael Long. There are currently over 80 signatures on it.”
Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE 29 MAY 2013 RE PETITION FROM ABORIGINES TO QUEEN LAUNCHED”
“The grandson of William Cooper, the aboriginal who led the only known private protest against Kristallnacht in 1938 is campaigning to send his grandfather’s petition to the Queen.”
Continue reading over at J-wire via the link below.
Please check out the PDF extract from the Jewish Holocause Centre news magazine.
The link below will take you to the Jewish Holocause Centre page where you can download the full newsletter.
Award winning photographer Barbara Oehring, has posted a lovely short blog post about the William Cooper event with some of her fabulous shots.
You can check it out here:
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Article image caption:
Kevin Russell hugging Norman Miller outside William Cooper’s 1938 residence in Southhampton St, Footscray Melbourne as they leave for the re-enactment of the 1938 protest walk to the German Consulate
Acrylic on canvas – 860mm x 840mm
Limited edition prints will be available
Front Cover Artwork
This painting is part of a reconciliation theme and the important thing I want to bring across is as a gathering of people how we can work in that good partnership/relationship way. How we can build on and encourage and recognize the diversity, not only in our nation, but also in our cities and towns.
Continue reading “THE GATHERING – Painting Story”
Acrylic on canvas –
1200mm x 900mm
$2,500, shipping free
Limited edition prints may be available
The 40 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum on 27 May 2007 is a moment of such historical significance for my people and this nation of Australia that I had to capture the moment in my painting. It is a matter of seizing the moment. It is a watershed time that changed history and the swirling waters in my painting reflect that. In fact, the movement of the waves surrounding the nation are vigorous, refreshing and life-giving. A map of Australia is in the centre of the painting with theTorres Strait Islands impressionistically depicted to the north east as there are two indigenous groups in Australia.
Continue reading “P O Box 1967”
Acrylic on canvas 2m by 2m
This painting was presented as a gift to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by the artist on 26 May 2011
Limited edition prints will be available
I was inspired to paint this canvas as a way of commemorating Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s saying “sorry” to the stolen generation of Aboriginal people on 13 February 2008. I wanted to present this painting as a gift to the Federal Parliament to say “thank you” on behalf of the Australian people, indigenous and non-indigenous. It is my hope that it be hung in Parliament House as a reminder of what happened.
Continue reading “From Sorry to Journey of Healing”
Acrylic on canvas
Gift to Solly Kaplinski, English Desk, International Relations and Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel 5 January 2004Limited edition lino (oil) prints may be available on the same theme
In the painting, the Israeli and Australian flags are shown to demonstrate the special relationship between Australia and Israel based on the ANZAC victory at Be’er-Sheva (Beersheba) on 31 October 1917. Continue reading “Shaping History”
Published Dec 6, 2012.
By John Lewis.
A new book celebrating the life and achievements of Yorta Yorta elder William Cooper was launched at Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, Mooroopna this week.
Continue reading “William Cooper story in The Shepparton News”