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Sympathy card "TO THE NATION'S LOST & MISSING LOVED ONES..."

2004.0012.0037

Sympathy card "TO THE NATION'S LOST & MISSING LOVED ONES..."

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Physical description

Rectangular white sympathy card with "With Deepest / Sympathy", and a floral arrangement, in silver on the front cover. "TO THE NATION'S LOST & MISSING / LOVED ONES. / OUR SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO YOUR / FAMILY & FRIENDS ON THIS / SAD & HORRIBLE OCCASION. / People often find / it difficult at / times like these / to know what to say, / I would just / like you to know / that you are not alone. / YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON / AS YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS. / Marilyn Wyatt + Kim Gordon.xxx" is written in black inside the card.

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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