Acknowledging Sorry Day on 26 May

Bringing Them Home

National Sorry Day is a significant national day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

National Sorry Day, 26 May is a significant national day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It recognises the devastating impacts of the Stolen Generations upon individuals and families, and the intergenerational trauma that remains to this day. 

The first Sorry Day took place on 26 May 1998, one year after Bringing them home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families was published by the Federal Government. 

Ten years later, in February 2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the 'Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples', apologising for the laws and policies of successive governments that inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

In solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and survivors of the Stolen Generations, we at COORDINARE encourage people in South Eastern NSW to attend a Sorry Day event in your region. To attend an event is a mark of respect, and an opportunity to listen to the stories of Elders and people impacted by the Stolen Generations.

Sorry Day events in South Eastern NSW

There are Sorry Day events happening in Nowra, Dapto and Moruya, and a Reconciliation Week event in Queanbeyan. The Nowra event includes a Reconciliation Walk over the Nowra Bridge, with a visit to the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Home.

The Bomaderry Home was mentioned in the Bringing Them Home report as a institution that facilitated the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and housed these children from 1908 up until 1980. During this period, children from South Eastern NSW were also sent to other institutions like Cootamundra Girls' Home in Cootamundra and Kinchella Boys' Home in Kempsey.

National Sorry Day in Nowra with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation

When: Friday 24 May, 11am - 2pm 

Where: Moorhouse Park, 1 Scenic Drive, Nowra

What: Reconciliation Walk over Nowra Bridge to the Bomaderry Home. 


National Sorry Day in Dapto with Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service 

When: Tuesday 28 May, 11am - 2pm 

Where: Ribbonwood Centre Kurrajong Hall, 93-109 Princes Highway, Dapto 

What: Commemoration event with speakers and performers. 


National Sorry Day Bridge Walk in Moruya with the Eurobodalla Aboriginal Boys to Men Group 

When: Friday 24 May 2019, 10.30am - 12pm

Where: North Head Drive Park, corner of North Head Drive and Princes Highway, Moruya (Northern end of Moruya Bridge)

What: A walk over the Moruya Bridge and along Vulcan St to pay respects to the Stolen Generations, as well as celebrate Reconciliation Week.

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Reconciliation Walk in Queanbeyan

When: Tuesday 28 May, 10.15am

Where: Trinculo Place (Ray Morton Park), Queanbeyan

What: Reconciliation Walk. 

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