Taua Country Traditional Custodian Stephen Holmes said at the celebration that he was very proud to have named the park in a Taua Country language.
“I never thought that such a big place that holds such a special place in my heart should be named after a man who hurt so many people,” Holmes said.
“As Traditional Custodian, finally removing Ben Boyd’s name meant a lot to all of the Taua people.
“The weekend ceremony was very special. It was everything there was to say,” Holmes said.
BJ Crews, president of the Eden Regional Indian Land Council, said last year’s renaming process for the park and the new name was a positive move toward reconciliation.
“This rightes the wrongs of the past by stripping honor from someone who doesn’t deserve it, and it recognizes Indigenous people,” Cruz said.
Almost 12 months after the 10,000-hectare park on the NSW far south coast was renamed, the community celebrated with dance, music and a moving ‘Welcome to Country’.
Representatives from Tahua Country Aboriginal Corporation, Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council, Twofold Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian South Sea Islander community attended to tell the truth. We looked back at the major changes.
Australian South Sea Islanders – Port Jackson founder Ms (Waskam) Emelda Davis said the celebration was particularly important to Aboriginal and South Sea Islander people. One Sol Walameaning one saltwater tribe.
“Celebrating the name change gives ownership, decolonizes what happened, and tells the truth,” Davis said.
“It has lived and brought light for more than 65,000 years, speaking truth to the indigenous peoples of this region.” [to] This is an atrocity committed against Aboriginal and South Sea Islander peoples,” Ms Davis said.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will begin the process of renaming Ben Boyd National Park in 2021 after a historian’s report confirms Boyd’s role in blackbird sightings. did. NPWS asked the community for suggestions and the park was renamed Beowa National Park in November 2022.
In naming and dual naming New South Wales National Parks, NPWS is committed to recognizing and acknowledging Aboriginal cultural connections to places.
More information about the significance of the new name, including an overview of the consultation process [PDF 2.93MB] Available on the NSW Environment website.
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