A gathering of Murray Bridge locals celebrated the finalisation of the History Wall in the Murray Bridge Library on October 24.
The celebration involving Welcome to Country by the Chair of Ngopun Together (Walking Together) Georgie Trevorrow and an address by Murray Bridge & District Historical Society committee member Peter Crowley was attended by 20 people.
Attendance included Rural City of Murray Bridge Deputy Mayor Fred Toogood and councillor Karen Eckermann as well as a number of council officials.
When the History Wall was commissioned the Murray Bridge Historical & District Society was asked to put together a number of key events which marked the history of Murray Bridge.
These were marked by historical photographs and explanatory notes mounted on a series of tiles displayed on the wall in the local history section of the library.
There was not enough time to undertake the extensive consultation needed with Ngarrindjeri authorities to include what they thought was needed to reflect their shared history with the community.
Barb Haines, wife of the late Dr David Haines spoke at the gathering.
"My husband, the late Dr David Haines ,as former co-chair of Ngopun Together for many years would have been delighted to see the finalisation of the History Wall to include the shared history between the Ngarrindjeri and rest of the Murray Bridge community."
"It means a lot to both my family and me that David's wishes have finally been achieved," she said.
Georgie Trevorrow then spoke about the History Wall project. "It was imperative right from the start that this whole process was one of "Kungun Ngarrindjeri Yunnan", listening to what the Ngarrindjeri wanted to be included as part of our shared history with the broader community," she said.
"We wanted the History Wall to acknowledge that Ngarrindjeri history goes way, way back before European occupation of our ruwi - our lands but also since the arrival of the white man, Ngarrindjeri culture and lore has remained strong right up to this very day.
"To us Ngarrindjeri and to all the First Peoples of this land, we are determined not to keep history a mystery and the History Wall in the Murray Bridge Library goes a long way to show right from the days of Louisa Karpany, to Albert Karloan, David Uniapon and the Kungun Ngarrindjeri Yunnan Agreement of 2008 signed off by the late George and Tom Trevorrow and Matt Rigney with our former Mayor Alan Arbon how us Ngarrindjeri have so much to tell not only what happened to us, but also how we have remained strong and given so much not only to Murray Bridge and South Australia, but to the nation as a whole."
"It is great to see recognition on the Historical Wall of key events in Ngarrindjeri history both at the time of European occupation, but also right up to the present time," Deputy Mayor Fred Toogood said.