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Commemoration Flat, Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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Important Update: The safety and wellbeing of our entire community is Council’s utmost priority as we respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current public health directives from Federal and State Government, Council cannot proceed with the Meeting of Two Cultures event, planned for 29 April 2020 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of first contact between the Gweagal Community and the crew of the Endeavour ship on the shores of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in 1770.It has been a difficult decision to cancel this event, which marks a significant moment in our nations shared history. However, the health and wellbeing of all in our community has to be our priority in these challenging times.
For over three decades, Council has marked the anniversary of first contact between members of the Gweagal Community and the crew of the HM Endeavour with a commemorative event. Over time, this commemoration has evolved into our annual ‘The Meeting Of Two Cultures’ event.
In 2020, we are proud to work alongside La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council for ‘The Meeting Of Two Cultures 2020’, marking the 250th anniversary. The Meeting of Two Cultures 2020 aimed to invite our whole community to be part of an immersive, educational and evocative truth-telling experience through a programme of events and interactive storytelling.
The Meeting of Two Cultures 2020 Event Programme was to include four events beginning in April:
In addition to the planned community event program, Sutherland Shire Council officially unveiled new gateway signage at Kurnell to acknowledge the significant 250th anniversary of first contact between members of the Gweagal Clan and the crew of the Endeavour on the southern shores of Kamay Botany Bay, Kurnell in 1770. Read more about this here.
Council further observed this important moment in our shared history with the announcement of winners in the new category: 'Looking Back, Moving Forward' in the 2020 Literary Competition on 17 April. See the winning entries here. Council Libraries are also developing a new interactive educational app, with a range of local history stories to be launched later this year. The first story will be Eight Days in Kamay Botany Bay: Through the Eyes of the Endeavour Journals.
To read more, visit our Meeting of Two Cultures 2020 webpage.
For more information about State and Federal Government programs to mark this historical anniversary, please see:
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