Friday, May 25, 2012

Sorry Day

National Sorry Day was marked at a very special gathering today hosted by the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation. Tiriki Onus, son of artist Lin Onus, sang pieces from musicals and opera for the guests - what a way to spend this rainy day. Tiriki is the recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship Trust inaugural Harold Blair scholarship. To read about Harold Blair's remarkable life story, click here. Blair's widow Dorothy was present. Harold Blair was born at Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve in Queensland as was MC Dennis Fisher, pictured here with Tiriki Onus. National Sorry Day is held each year on 26 May to commemorate the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities - the Stolen Generations.

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