Survivors exhibition in Carcoar

Sue Towney with curator Asher Millgate
Sue Towney with curator Asher Millgate

The Survivors exhibition which caught the imagination of people in Wellington and Dubbo, is now in Carcoar.

More than 18,000 people have attended the exhibition.

This is a photographic and recorded oral history of 18 Elders and Elders-in-waiting who reflect on their lives, growing up and living on Nanima Mission at Wellington - the oldest continually run mission in Australia.

The images have been described as haunting and the recorded oral histories as extraordinary, important and a powerful historical document as the Elders share their most intimate memories of their families, of love, of regret, of hope and hardship.

The SURVIVORS Project grew out of a sense of ex St Mary's, Wellington student, Asher Milgate, who wanted to document the life of the traditional owners, the Binjang people of the Wiradjuri nation and record their histories to share, before they were forever lost and left unheard.

The SURVIVORS Project acknowledges the past, the present and the future Mr Milgate says.

"Being a local non-Indigenous person and being granted the permission and acceptance to work so closely with the community to produce a work of this kind, I believe is the start of reconciliation in our community," he said.

"A grass roots development that I hope will bring together our whole community by creating understanding, respect and acceptance."

He describes Shalom as the perfect place for this exhibition to be displayed.

RIGHT: Sue Towney discusses the exhibition with Asher Milgate.

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