Museums & Galleries Qld

Opening – Mil Binnung at SLQ’s kuril dhagun

Posted on: 9 July 2012

On July 6, Ann Baillie and Deannah Vieth were privileged to attend the opening of Mil Binnung at kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland and hear Uncle Bob Anderson talk about his life and the exhibition which captures some of his stories.

The exhibition, Mil Binnung, which translates as ‘Observe Listen’, and explores the cultural identity of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin, the Indigenous name for Moreton Island, through the eyes of Dr Robert V. Anderson OAM … Uncle Bob.

Mil Binnung, a collaboration between the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and the Redland Museum, moves from the traditional stories of connection to land, culture and language through to the contemporary challenges faced by Indigenous people and communities over the last 50 years. The display features artefacts, photographs, voice recordings, films and stories by Uncle Bob of the Ngugi clan.

As well as Elders there were also Federal, State and Local Government elected representatives, trade union colleagues, family and friends and officers from local and state governments. Everyone there to celebrate the achievements of this remarkable man.

Uncle Bob is a Ngugi man who became part of the North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) community as a student in the 1930s and 40s. He has a long involvement in unions and among many other achievements, was the first Aboriginal union organiser in Queensland, after an apprenticeship in carpentry led him to join the Building Workers’ Industrial Union.

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The exhibition continues at kuril dhagen, SLQ until the 22 July 2012. For more information see the State Library of Queensland website

Also, check out the websites for North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and Redland Museum


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