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Original Sorry badge and card produced by Link-Up


Original Sorry badge and card produced by Link-Up

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Physical description

Sorry badge and card produced by Link-Up. The gold coloured metal hat badge is in the shape of an outline map of Australia. It is inlaid with black enamel, and the word 'Sorry' is accentuated with white enamel running across the badge. The accompanying card has white writing printed on a black background. The full caption reads 'Reconciliation is / an individual / responsibilty / Sorry [inside an outline map of Australia] / By wearing a Sorry pin / you are acknowledging the / truth about past injustices / to all Aboriginal & / Torres Strait Islander / families in this country'. On the verso of the card black lettering is printed on a white background. 'Talk to your friends and / colleagues about what it means / to you-to say sorry / What you do and how you do it- / now and in the future- / is in your hands... / Through understanding, / knowledge and truth / we can all be reconciled. / SORRY / 10% of all proceeds are donated / to reconciliation activites. / To order more / SORRY pins / please contact us at: / PROACTIVE CONCEPTS / PO Box1020 / WENTWORTH FALLS, NSW 2782 / ph: 02 4757 2559'. The card and pin are in a plastic sleeve with a 'MADE IN CHINA' sticker affixed to the plastic.

Statement of significance

The collection compirses the booklet 'The Stolen Generations; the Removal of Aboriginal Children in NSW 1883 to 1969' written by Read and printed by the NSW Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, a black metallic badge in the shape of Australia with 'Sorry' inscribed on it, the card that the badge was originally pinned to, and a laminated pass 'Link-Up NSW Aboriginal Corporation Peter Read Public Officer'. All the items are in good condition.

The work of the historian Peter Read (b 1945) was a crucial element in the understanding of the nation-wide practice of the removal of children of mixed descent from Aboriginal families and communities. It was he who connected stated government policies with the hundreds of instances of removal of children from NSW communities. Further research found the same processes at work in all states and territories. Stated government policies and formal and informal policies of other institutions such as churches aimed to remove children of mixed descent from their communities and to raise them as 'whites'. The intention was that they assimilate fully into the 'white' community and not return to their Indigenous one. This process has had an enormous effect on the Indigenous community, creating both social disruption and personal grief. The title of this booklet is the first usage of the term 'stolen generations' - a term used in Prime Minister Rudd's Apology speech in February 2008.

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