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National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

By Brooke, Australia, June 2012

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Upon entering the National Gallery of Australia, the first piece you will lay eyes on is the iconic Aboriginal Memorial. This piece features a display of 200 painted and hollow tree trunks, one for each year of European settlement from 1788 to 1988, used to represent the Aboriginals that had died protecting their land. It is easily the most significant item of the over 100,000 collected works in the gallery and was created by the artists of the indigenous community of Ramingining in the Northern Territory.

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