One final hurdle for memorial wording

WORDING: Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan.

WORDING: Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan.

THE Wirangu have agreed to take the word large out of wording to go on a monument which recognises the deaths of Aboriginal people at Waterloo Bay in 1849.

Since the wording was proposed at a council meeting in June this year, the community had been debating the use of the word massacre.

At a council meeting last month, six of the seven elected members agreed to move ahead with the wording including the word massacre but not the word large where it referred to the number of people killed.

The council then sought the views of the Wirangu on the changed wording.

The council’s chairman Kym Callaghan said the discussion at next week’s council meeting should only be “a formality”.

“All going well then the wording will be engraved into the memorial, which should be by the end of the year.”

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