Purcell's Australian Offices Mark National Reconciliation Week 2024

6 June 2024

From May 27th to June 3rd, Purcell's Melbourne, Sydney, and Hobart studios engaged in a range of activities for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2024. Designed to foster understanding and appreciation of shared histories, cultures, and achievements, NRW also emphasizes the nation's journey towards reconciliation and the ongoing efforts needed for meaningful change. 

In Melbourne, the Purcell team ventured into the Royal Botanic Gardens, a significant cultural site for the local Kulin Nation, alongside First Nations guide Uncle Den. There, they learned about native plants, Aboriginal plant uses, customs, and the enduring connection to Country. Uncle Den, sharing a poignant poem he had penned, which added a personal touch to the experience. 

Meanwhile, in Sydney on Gadigal Country, the team were treated to a live performance by Legs On The Wall, collaborating with Bangarra Dance Theatre and renowned artist William Barton. The performance titled "Now and Ever" featured aerial artistry by Legs artists Tamara Bouman, a Birrpai contemporary dancer, and Joshua Doctor, representing Yuwaalaraay, Gamilaray, and Gubbi Gubbi heritage. Accompanied live by William Barton, the performance captivated audiences and underscored the importance of artistic expression in reconciliation efforts. 

In nipaluna Hobart, Purcell hosted a table at the Reconciliation Week Breakfast, organized by Reconciliation Tasmania. The event provided a platform for attendees to engage in dialogue and reflection on reconciliation efforts in the region. 

During the breakfast, participants had the opportunity to listen to two impactful speakers who shared their perspectives on reconciliation. 

The first speaker was Ged Watts, a young Palawa man deeply rooted in cultural activities on-country. Watts garnered attention for his impassioned speech on reconciliation in the lead-up to the Voice referendum, which earned him a standing ovation. His powerful words resonated with attendees, highlighting the importance of Indigenous voices and perspectives in shaping reconciliation efforts. 

Ged was followed by Shane Howard, former Goanna band frontman, acclaimed musician, and longstanding reconciliation activist. Howard's commitment to advocating for the rights of First Nations people spans four decades. Howard emphasized the importance of solidarity and allyship in the reconciliation process, urging individuals to walk together towards a shared future. 

Purcell's participation in NRW exemplifies its commitment to learning, respecting, and collaborating on the journey towards reconciliation in Australia.