An incredible feat for Stuart to be able to travel …

Comment on Is the Stuart statue next? by Number 19.

An incredible feat for Stuart to be able to travel across a harsh and unknown, to him, environment.
If you recognise that and agree that it should be honored with a public artwork surely you would agree that it is also an amazing achievement for Arrernte people to have lived in that very same environment for countless generations.
Arrernte did it first and also deserve recognition.

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Is the Stuart statue next?
No obvious signs written in English saying it was Arrernte country. But obviously the people who lived here and he encountered on his way lived here – der.
I don’t think the early settlers gave people many choices. They weren’t offering a ticket to Adelaide and a house and health care. It was a bit more like work for me for no wages or get off my land. And these bullets are my title deed.

Is the Stuart statue next?
Also the council spent quite a bit of our money installing and moving this statue several times.
I believe the council is here for all the citizens and should be careful not to hide or obscure our history just to honor an obscure religious group.

Is the Stuart statue next?
I think you will find that Mr Stuart had quite a bit of support from government and elsewhere.

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