Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who served in war could soon be honoured with Sydney?s first indigenous war memorial.
A draft model is now on public display in the form a miniature bronze sculpture at Customs House.
The sculpture by Anthony Symonds is an initiative of the Colour Diggers Project and members of the Redfern community. It aims to recognise and respect the contribution of indigenous servicemen and women who have fought in every war Australia has been involved in since federation.
During the four-week exhibition at Customs House, members of the public are encouraged to make suggestions on how this contribution could be permanently recognised in Sydney.
This will include comments on the appropriate design for a statue recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait servicemen and women and the way in which public art, plaques and memorials could be used.
The City of Sydney Council is also working with members of the Coloured Diggers Project to create an oral history project to record stories of these servicemen and women, their children and families.
The sculpture is on exhibit until the end of May on Level One of Customs House, Circular Quay.