ANTaR ACT – October 2017 update

The ANTaR ACT annual David Hunter Memorial Lecture is coming up on Tuesday 31 October, and we are looking for your contributions to mark 20 years since the first Sea of Hands:

  • Can you help us set up a Sea of Hands – gathering on Sunday 29 October, at 1pm. Please email if you can help.
  • Do you have any photos or memorabilia from the first Sea of Hands that we can display (originals or copies) on the night? We are also looking for old ANTaR brochures that you have. Email us or just bring them along and talk to the people on the ANTaR ACT stall.

Also, delegates from each branch in Australia will be meeting together in Canberra on the weekend of 25/26 November for the annual ANTaR National meeting. Please let us know if you might be able to assist by offering a billet – email if you can accommodate someone. The details and venue have not been finalised yet.

2017 David Hunter Memorial Lecture

Looking back, looking forward – steps towards justice, rights, respect

6pm, Tuesday 31 October 2017 – please join us for refreshments from 5.30 pm

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton

This year, the David Hunter Memorial Lecture will feature speakers who can reflect on the issues from 20 years ago that inspired the first Sea of Hands, as well as speakers who are taking the next steps through the Uluru Statement from the Heart.


Tristan Ray and Pam Boyer, who were involved in organising the first Sea of Hands (

Shannan Dodson, communications and digital consultant, and member of the ANTaR National Committee

Chris Bourke and Jennie Gordon, ACT representatives on the Uluru Position Working Group (

There will be a Sea of Hands display and the opportunity to sign a hand and show support for the continuing work.

For more information, see: or email

David Hunter was one of the founding members of ANTaR, and an enormously supportive and inspiring activist on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. In October 2000 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and he died in December 2003. Since then, ANTaR ACT has hosted an annual memorial lecture in memory of David’s contributions to reconciliation and Indigenous rights.

Also – now on –
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

to 25 February 2018
National Museum of Australia, Temporary Gallery, Costs apply

Take a journey across the Australian desert in this Aboriginal-led exhibition about the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming. See stunning artworks, immerse yourself in our state-of-the-art digital dome and visit our vibrant art centre.

ANTaR ACT – last walk and next meeting

You can read about our tour of sites in Gunghalin on our website – a fascinating morning.

The final 2017 ANTaR ACT monthly meeting will be held on Monday 20 November 6pm, at King O’Malleys (note the different week). Please email us at if any enquiries. All are welcome to our monthly meetings.

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