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The Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling

Shining a light on the injustices of our past and examining their consequences across generations so we can build a fairer and more inclusive future together.

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When a collection of Carrolup artworks came home to Nyungar country in 2013, a unique and precious resource was returned to Western Australia.

Lost overseas for more than 60 years, the exquisite artworks by young children of the Stolen Generations offer a rare glimpse into the lived experiences of Aboriginal children during a dark chapter of our past, when systemic racism and discrimination tore Indigenous families and culture apart.

Curtin University is now embarking upon an ambitious project to create a permanent, protective home for these artworks that will become a centre for truth-telling, healing and reconciliation in perpetuity.

The story

The story

During the 1940s, Aboriginal children were detained at the Carrolup Native Settlement, where a remarkable talent in art emerged.

The Centre

The Centre

We seek to establish a permanent and easily accessible home to honour the significance of the Carrolup artworks and the story they embody.

Recognising our donors

Recognising our donors

We are grateful to all of our generous supporters who are helping us to promote truth-telling and healing.

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The Carrolup Centre will commemorate how young Aboriginal children – forcibly separated from their families, isolated, segregated, traumatised and living in an unknown place – still found beauty and connection to Country through their art. It will be an enduring reminder that while racism seeks to destroy all that is good about a people, it never can. Like water, cultural beauty and goodness always finds a way; at Carrolup, that way was through children.

Tony Hansen,
Chair, Carrolup Elders Reference Group

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