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Letter of condolence

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Rectangular piece of white card with written condolences and decorations drawn in coloured pencil. "Hello, / My name is Danielle and I'm 12 / I care very deeply for the / people that died in Bali / I hope all of their families / that suffered find there [sic] / loved ones or feel better soon! / Love Lots Danielle!" is written in the middle in purple. Around it are several small drawings, starting in the top proper right corner and proceeding clockwise they are; a lime green heart containing "R.I.P"; a pair of blue eyes above "Look to the / FURTRE! [sic] / You will cope"; a purple heart with a smiling face; an orange sun above "I can / See clearly / now the / rain has gone."; a lime green five-pointed star; a red heart with a surprised face; "Love / Peace / & Unity will / Guide you in / God's / Presence" within a blue cross; "The love / will never / die" within a 'cloud' that has a dark green border; a purple heart with a smiling face; a lime green five-pointed star; "Loved / Ones / Vow / for Everlasting / LOVE"; a red heart with a smiling face; and "LOVE / PEACE / UNITY" within a blue cross.

Statement of significance

The Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial Collection - Parliament of Victoria collection is a small sample of the large amount of material left on the Victorian Parliamentary steps in the two weeks following the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002. The collection is made up of cards, letters, various paintings by children, wooden Catholic cross with fabric lei, wooden sculpture of a Balinese surfer carrying a surfboard, soft toys such as butterflies, soft koala teddy bears, dolls and football, two small Australian flags, small pieces of jewellery, some textile objects such as a satin throw and fabric flowers, vegemite jar, a 'In Memory' book signed by the members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School and community and a bound collection of children's drawings and letters from the students of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar schools.

Late on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in the crowded Paddy's Bar and the Sari nightclub on Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Shortly afterwards a third bomb exploded at the US consulate in Denpassar, Bali. Exact figures were difficult to substantiate, but at least 202 people were killed in the first two blasts and over 300 injured. Of the two hundred or more dead, eighty-eight were Australians. The deadly attacks produced profound shock in Australia. For many, this event seemed to bring home the immediacy of global terrorism, which had come to public prominence the previous year in New York and Washington.

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