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October 2002 12th Sat

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Physical description

Rectangular off-white cardboard poster with a colour illustration of wattle blossums stuck onto it. "OCTOBER 2002 12TH Sat" is across the bottom of the illustration. In the top proper right corner and down the proper right side next to the illustration is "My Heart / is hurting. / I Feel Devasted [sic] / I PRAY for all / WHO are HURTING." in green and blue; "Their LOVED ONES / LOST" in black; "BaLi. 'Sari / NiGHT CLUB' Bombing.+++" in black and pink. / "I caN'T fiNd the / right words. my MiND is so confused" in green and blue; "Wake UP CaLL to the Brainwashed, / Cowardly, FaceLess, Morons (STUPID and / immature)" in green and black, and pink and black; "+++Terrorists+++" in green and black. "Pray For Peace Between the Nations. / A Freedom / from War, Strife / or disturbance!" is in purple across the top, and down the proper left side is; "I'm Sorry, So / Sorry." in green and blue; "Damn the BLoody Bomb. Damn!" in yellow and green; and "Lots of huGs." in black and yellow. Underneath the wattle is; "WheN Tears are not / enough" in black and pink; "Share your pain / with others. / Prays [sic] may / HeLP." in black and yellow. Near the bottom is; "Don'T / Destroy & be Destroyed." in blue and black; "Peace" in black and purple; "+++ NO MORE KILLING." in green and blue; and "Peace +++" in black. Signed "BW.". The cardboard is slightly buckled and it has tape stuck to the back. "B.W." is marked in the bottom proper left corner.

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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