Stirling acknowledges traditional ownership

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Ceremony and Traditions

L-R: Rockingham City Council Community Capacity Building representative Julie McDonald; Rockingham City Councillor Deb Hamblin; Rockingham City Mayor Mr Barry Sammels;
Nyungar Elder Teressa Walley; Chairperson Reconciliation Action Committee representative Ashley Garlett; and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Angela Bond, RAN; at the unveiling of the Defence Acknowledgement of Country plaque ceremony at the main entrance to HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)
L-R: Rockingham City Council Community Capacity Building representative Julie McDonald; Rockingham City Councillor Deb Hamblin; Rockingham City Mayor Mr Barry Sammels; Nyungar Elder Teressa Walley; Chairperson Reconciliation Action Committee representative Ashley Garlett; and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Angela Bond, RAN; at the unveiling of the Defence Acknowledgement of Country plaque ceremony at the main entrance to HMAS Stirling, WA.

HMAS Stirling was the setting for the latest Defence Acknowledgement of Country ceremony recently when a plaque honouring the traditional custodians of the land was unveiled at the base gangway.

The event was Stirling’s contribution to the commitment made by Defence in the 2010-14 Defence Reconciliation Action Plan to have Acknowledgement of Country plaques erected at all major bases across the country.

Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond, said the plaque not only acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land on which Stirling sits, but also recognised the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women in the Australian Defence Force.

“Indigenous Australians have made a significant contribution to the defence of this country,” she said.

“This includes service in the colonial forces during the Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, Vietnam, and of course the modern era conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

“Today’s ceremony is just one way of acknowledging that service, and of recognising the strong link to the land that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have.”

City of Rockingham Mayor Councillor Barry Sammels also attended the event, as did a number of elders from the Nyoongar community.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20152949.