Ward 1c - A Heavy Symbolism


A Heavy Symbolism

The Coroner found that Mr Ward ‘suffered a terrible death while in custody which was wholly unnecessary and avoidable.’ Much of the official record traces this chain of seemingly minor decisions and small preventable acts that led to the death of Mr Ward. Yet, in its totality, this chain of eventualities assumes a destructive inevitability. There is a heavy symbolism attached to the fact of Mr Ward’s arrest on Australia Day, the day marking the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788. Many Aboriginal people refer to this date as Invasion Day or Survival Day, a day of mourning, not celebration.

The case of Mr Ward bears out the continuing effects of colonial invasion and usurped sovereignty with its murderous disregard for Aboriginal life.



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