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What did visitors do after visiting the Indigenous Australians exhibition?

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 30 Apr 2009

Six months after visiting the Indigenous Australians exhibition, a range of visitors were asked what they remember doing afterwards. Here's what some of them said.

You know what I did. I went home and bought one of those shirts, an extra large men's flag shirt, and I went home and I made a dress out of it. I made a dress. So I have this mini Aboriginal dress, and it looks pretty nice, and I wear this dress on Bondi Beach where anything goes and I can not tell you the energy of the people and the way people respond. Unbelievable. Bondi Beach, you know, anything goes there. I thought I was going to get beaten up! Twice I wore this dress. It was incredible. That was my own little experiment.

I've been interested [in Indigenous issues] for probably about six years. [When] I went to school it was Captain Cook who discovered Australia. I read the Fatal Shore and then I remember [my daughter] did a school project and I rang up Aboriginal Affairs and they sent me out this information which I read and then became appalled and shocked. Horrified, mortified. And then I saw the exhibition and had the same response to the photographs, the people in chains. I must say I was aware of that but it really coalesced those images in the Fatal Shore - just to see those photographs. I really couldn't walk past, I read the information, but those photographs, those people in chains. And I remember trying to get the family to go through it to show them these things.

I thought differently. I've met Aboriginal people ... the ones I have met ... didn't click with the way that, as a child, when you grew up and everything you heard [was negative] and then you see an exhibition like this, well then you see a lot more of the story...

I think it gives you an added confidence. You can sort of stick up for them.