As the father of the sculptor I am biased, but …

Comment on Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers by Ted Egan.

As the father of the sculptor I am biased, but I hope that the people who object to the Stuart statue are consistent and demand the removal of all the Lest We Forget statues throughout Australia, where the figure portrayed also has a firearm.
My son’s other statues at Aileron depict a First Australian man with a weapon, also a First Australian woman who has just killed a goanna. How dare people carry weapons in order to live off the land? I’ll have to speak to my son, but I guess he has inherited suspect genes.
Stuart’s track record as he explored Australia was exemplary.

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Council: fob off, rejection, and secret moves
I find this hard to believe. The council is housed in the only buildings of “heritage consequence” erected in post war Alice Springs and now it is proposed to pull those buildings down and create something that will probably have the same aesthetic quality as the monstrous Supreme Court. Bring back Andrew McPhee and let’s talk sense again in this town.
And let’s for a change listen to the First Australians, whose acknowledged leaders say yes to either an Aboriginal Art Gallery or (better in my opinion) a Cultural Centre, BUT for traditional reasons, build it south of The Gap.


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This is eminent good sense. Although the words “land rights” would many years ago have induced incredible vocal and occasionally physical confrontation, it is pleasing for an 86 year old to observe that the most sensible all round suggestions I hear today emanate from the NT Cattlemen’s Association. Government needs to capitalise on this, by bringing together the real thinkers and supporting the many positive ideas being proposed.


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What a story! Aren’t we lucky to be among people of such knowledge? And greetings to the family for their perseverance.
Police leaders, please note: The Falconio and Chamberlain deaths and the recent loss of the German couple would have all been quickly resolved if the immediate call was: TRACKER.


Centre of attention: Glory days of Anzac Oval in the 1950s
Congratulations Alex, this is wonderful stuff.
I was a member of the Darwin footy team that was soundly beaten by Alice in April 1952.
Wow, a grass oval! Darwin Oval was still a gravel pit.
I was playing full back, opposed to Terry Clements at full forward.
Protecting TC in all clashes were two thugs, Jack “Kadaitja” Higgins and Reg “Mophead” Harris, who took great delight in flattening me.
Fond memories, too of the first Bangtail Muster (1969?) led by Wallaby Bill and a group of Yuendumu athletes and elders. We had a band from Papua New Guinea on that occasion, if I recall correctly.
Correct, too Alex regarding the short memories.
Neil Hargrave deserves much greater recognition in this town.
But there are so many other names mentioned – Bob Rumball, Dave Baldock, Pat Davis, John Ryan, Agnes East and Joan Higgins to name just a few – all with specific links to Anzac Oval and the Youth Centre.
There should be, perhaps, a museum building erected to the honour of those forbears who did it so well for us.


Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara
To Hal: I agree that it would be common courtesy to approach the relatives of Matthew Flinders first and I think a good case could be put by, say, the Prime Minister of Australia, to indicate the high level of esteem we have for him and seek their permission to have him re-interred in the land that he founded.
If not his actual remains, a worthy monument could be erected at Circular Quay. I simply raise these ideas in the interests of true Australian harmony, suggesting a day to be CELEBRATED by all Australians and particularly First Australians. If the idea does not take off, at least I “had a go”.
To Jan Martin: Thanks for your complimentary remarks Jan. Bungaree did not go into unanimity, or even anonymity. He was a highly respected citizen of the Broken Bay region until his death. He, too, deserves to be associated with the declaration of Australia’s Foundation Day. A joint memorial?


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