NAIDOC Week celebrated as local elders leave their mark with new artwork installed

20230726_141209-(1).jpgIn recognition of NAIDOC week, a new artwork featuring the handprint casts of local elders Uncle Ivan Wellington, Uncle Eddie Burge, Aunty Jenny Shillingsworth and Aunty Glenda Chalker has been installed at Campbelltown Hospital in the Garden of Reflection. 

The theme of this year's NAIDOC week was For Our Elders who have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families.

A private, peaceful area of the hospital, the Garden of Reflection was selected as the location for the work as it provides a culturally safe space for staff, patients, visitors and people from all walks of life to visit and enjoy.

Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer Raylene Blackburn said the stones highlight the hospital’s continued commitment to providing a welcoming space for all communities, providing connection to the land of the Dharawal people, upon which Campbelltown Hospital was built.

“The artwork celebrates our Elders in the community and welcomes visitors to connect with the rich history of the Dharawal people and pay respects to the traditional custodians of the land.” Ms Blackburn said.

Welcoming, connecting and celebrating our community, the space is set to be used to perform traditional smoking ceremonies in the future.