Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Finance; Racing and Gaming; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Funding boost for Curtin University’s Carrolup Centre for Truth-Telling

    19/05/2022 9:35 AM
    • Lotterywest support to help fund a permanent home for artworks created by children of the Stolen Generation
    • $1.76 million in Lotterywest funding to be provided over three years
    • New gallery to provide programs of education and community engagement around Stolen Generations' history and lived experience

    Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti today presented $1.76 million in Lotterywest support towards Curtin University's Carrolup Centre for Truth-Telling.


    The Carrolup Centre for Truth-Telling will provide a permanent home for precious artworks created by children of the Stolen Generation.


    More than 120 pieces, known as The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, were created by Aboriginal children detained at the Carrolup Native Settlement near Katanning before it closed in 1949.


    The collection spent several decades overseas until a visiting Australian professor recognised the artwork at Colgate University in New York.


    The university decided to repatriate the artwork back to Australia after consulting with local Noongar elders and it was returned in 2013.


    Curtin University's new physical home for the artworks on its Bentley campus will be accompanied by associated programs of education and community engagement around Stolen Generations' history and lived experience.


    The new gallery - expected to be the ground floor of the John Curtin Gallery building on the Bentley campus - will be open to the entire community.


    The support from Lotterywest aligns with the Western Australian Government's Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, which in turn provides the framework for how the State is implementing its commitments under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:


    "The Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling will be a space for change, with the Centre's ultimate goal of reconciliation.


    "Genuine reconciliation requires the WA community to recognise and respect Aboriginal people, acknowledge past injustices and ongoing inequalities, and commit to working towards a more equitable future.


    "Congratulations to Curtin University on securing this support that will contribute to the development of the Carrolup Truth-telling Centre for all West Australians to enjoy."


    Comments attributed to Victoria Park MLA Hannah Beazley:


    "This support from Lotterywest will help facilitate meaningful reconciliation by engaging collaboratively in truth-telling, healing and community activities through the Carrolup collection.


    "It's important for the wider community to have access to this information and the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork will be instrumental in broadening community understanding.


    "The Carrolup collection is extraordinary; it is difficult not to have an emotional response to the works. I am so pleased that these important works will be on permanent display for all as they tell a vital story of our past in many ways.


    "I look forward to hearing about and watching the Centre develop."


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